Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Wide-ranging problem

Study: Toxic algal blooms can travel far from reservoirs

OSU

Oregon State University

A new study by Oregon State University researchers has found that toxic algal blooms in Klamath River reservoirs can travel more than 180 miles downriver in a few days, survive passage through hydroelectric turbines and create unsafe water conditions on lower parts of the river. Water-borne algal blooms can accumulate to concentrations that can pose health risks and improved monitoring and public health outreach is needed, researchers said.

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What snowpack? Wash. measurements show zero

Seattle Times

All mountain stations across Washington that measure snowpack are reporting the same number: Zero. The state Department of Ecology says that about 40 percent of the state’s rivers are at record lows and flowing slowly. Low water levels could hamper fish migration, and thousands of Yakima basin farmers will have to ration or conserve water this summer.

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California's drought offers lessons for Canada

CBC News

California's struggle to ration water as it grapples with nearly four years of drought could be a glimpse into Western Canada's future.
While it is impossible to prevent a drought, hydrologists and other experts say that governments, farmers and ordinary water users can avoid being in California's predicament when Canada's next lengthy drought arrives, an event some say is almost a certainty.

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