Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Snowpack fading fast

Washington faces prospect of summer water worries

Snow on Klahhane Ridge in Olympic National Park south of Port Angeles is melting faster than normal because of warmer-than-normal conditions so far this spring. SNOTEL is an automated system of snowpack and related climate sensors operated by the Natural Resources Conservation Service.  KEITH THORPE

Peninsula Daily News

Peninsula Daily News

Record-high spring temperatures could trigger mild drought this summer and raise the chances of a dangerous fire year, according to experts monitoring Washington's snowpack. Scott Pattee, NRCS water supply specialist, said with the early end to rain and snowfall, and with the remaining snowpack runoff expected to be exhausted by midsummer, water supplies should be fine through July, but there could be water shortages in some areas in August and September.

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EPA watchdog set to dive into What’s Upstream

Capital Press

The Office of Inspector General officially notified the EPA’s Northwest administrator that it will investigate whether any funds were misspent or federal laws broken in connection with the What’s Upstream advocacy campaign. The Swinomish Indian tribe used funds it received to develop a campaign message and strategy to obtain stricter state laws on farming near waterways.

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Oregon State study zeros in on streams, carbon

Bend Bulletin

An Oregon State University study has started accounting for the stored carbon that streams take out of watersheds and put back into the atmosphere. Researchers studied the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest in the Cascades east of Eugene for about 10 years and found that a stream there took about 6 percent to 7 percent per year of the stored carbon from the watershed.

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