Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Robot on patrol

UW, NOAA tool will monitor harmful ocean algal blooms

The box surround by purple contains an automated laboratory that will analyze seawater for algal species and toxin. Researchers deployed it May 23 about 13 miles off Washington’s coast. STEPHANIE MOORE

NOAA

Associated Press

After a massive toxic algae bloom closed lucrative shellfish fisheries off the West Coast last year, scientists are turning to a new tool that could provide an early warning of future problems. Scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the University of Washington last week deployed the so-called ocean robot about 50 feet into waters off the coast of La Push, Wash., near a known hotspot for toxic algae blooms.

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Salem to sell unused water right for $16.2 million

Statesman Journal

The city of Salem, Ore., has agreed to sell part of its water rights on the Willamette River to the fast-growing city of Hillsboro. If the deal goes through it will earn Salem $16.2 million, which will be used to improve the city’s water infrastructure. Salem has agreed to sell Hillsboro 56 cubic feet per second, and to give the city first right of refusal on an additional 44 cfs, at a price to be determined

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Survey: Calgary values oil, gas more than water

Calgary Herald

A new survey shows Calgarians value the country’s fresh water supply far less than the rest of the country, with a clear majority suggesting oil and gas is Canada’s most important natural resource. The 2016 RBC Canadian Water Attitudes Study found 55 percent of Calgary respondents said oil and gas is the country's main natural resource. Only 28 percent chose water.

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