Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Drought aid pours in

Feds make $110 million available to Western states

Drought Monitor

OPB

As the Northwest drought deepens, millions of dollars in emergency federal aid are headed toward stricken states, top Obama administration officials told seven western governors Friday. The White House says it will make $110 million available to help those suffering from the effects of drought. A variety of federal agencies will disperse the money. Some will be used to help farmers find ways to conserve water, change grazing practices and improve irrigation.

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Columbia River talks to focus on environment

McClatchy

The Obama administration has signaled that it’s ready to launch talks with Canada to renew the 51-year-old Columbia River Treaty, a controversial pact that created dams for electricity and flood control in the Pacific Northwest. But there will be one big change from the negotiations that created the original 1964 treaty: This time, the United States plans a major push on environmental issues.

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NOAA gauges unprecedented toxic algal bloom

Phys.org

NOAA Fisheries' Northwest Fisheries Science Center in Seattle has mobilized extra scientists to chart an extensive harmful algal bloom that spans much of the West Coast and has triggered numerous closures of important shellfish fisheries. The bloom involves some of the highest concentrations of the natural toxin domoic acid ever observed in Monterey Bay and off the Central Oregon Coast.

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