Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Drought spreads

Oregon faces fifth consecutive year of dry conditions

NDMC

Statesman Journal

Drought conditions are increasing in Oregon, despite near-average precipitation for the year. Half the state now is in moderate drought, and the remainder is abnormally dry, according to data released by the U.S. Drought Monitor. Several streams are approaching record lows for this time of year, the Oregon Water Resources Department reported. It’s the fifth consecutive year of drought for Oregon.

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Wash. clean water project addresses pet peeve

Bellingham Herald

You’ve seen it along Bellingham, Wash., trails and at dog parks, piles of dog poop. Worried about worsening water quality from the mess? Then the best thing to do is pick up your pet’s waste, bag it and put it into the trash – no matter where you are. That’s the message behind the new Squalicum Clean Water Project.

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New 10-cent sensor can do 5-minute water test

CBC News

An Edmonton man has developed a new and inexpensive technology that can test if water is clean within minutes. With at least 2 billion people across the globe drinking potentially contaminated water, University of Alberta chemistry professor Michael Serpe sees the sensor having an immediate impact. That includes Canada, where about 400 First Nations have faced that problem in the past decade.

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