Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Drought emergency

Wash. governor makes declaration, cites low snowpack

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New York Times

Gov. Jay Inslee declared a statewide drought emergency for Washington, with mountain snowpack at 16 percent of average and water levels in rivers and streams drying to a trickle not seen since the 1950s. He said that residents should also be prepared for an early and active fire season that could reach higher elevations in the Cascade and Olympic mountain ranges.

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35 years later, St. Helens still has impact on water

Jefferson Public Radio

This week marks the 35th anniversary of the Mount St. Helens eruption and in a way, the problems Longview, Wash., is having with its water today dates back to the eruption. The disaster drastically changed the landscape with much of the blast debris ending up in rivers and streams nearby towns relied on for water.

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Oregon refuge project takes aim at invasive carp

KUOW Seattle

A new project in Oregon's Malheur National Wildlife Refuge intends to turn today’s invasive fish into tomorrow’s organic fertilizer. The refuge has entered into an agreement with a local company to catch and process invasive carp. Since introduction nearly a century ago, the common carp has severely degraded the migratory bird habitat.

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