Wednesday, May 25, 2016

'Great opportunity'

Senate bill could fund Central Oregon water projects

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The Bulletin

The Bulletin

A U.S. Senate bill could help pay for Central Oregon water-related projects that aim to conserve water and improve habitat for the Oregon spotted frog. The Senate Appropriations Committee unanimously voted the Senate agriculture appropriations bill out of committee last week, sending the measure to the Senate for a full vote. Local irrigation districts could be in a good position to compete for at least $50 million.

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Study puts the brakes on Idaho dam project

Capital Press

The benefits of raising Arrowrock Dam — decreased flood risk and increased water supply on the Boise River system — do not equal the costs, Idaho Water Resource Board members were told by federal officials. A U.S. Army Corps of Engineers study that determined raising the dam is the best option for solving water supply and flood risk problems on the Boise River system is now on hold.

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NOAA: Dungeness crab in peril from acidification

Seattle Times

The Dungeness crab fishery could decline West Coastwide, a new study has found, threatening a fishing industry worth nearly a quarter-billion dollars a year. Scientists at the Northwest Fisheries Science Center in Seattle found that pH levels likely in West Coast waters by 2100 at current rates of greenhouse-gas pollution would hurt the survivability of crab larvae.

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