Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Running low

Northwest water supplies falling victim to drought

The exposed banks of Portland's Bull Run Reservoir 1 show how much the water level has dropped so far this summer.

KUOW Seattle

KUOW Seattle

The hottest June on record for Oregon and Washington came on the heels of an unusually warm winter and spring. Now, rivers are running at or near all-time lows and cities with water reserves are drawing them down. With the traditionally dry month of August still to come, officials are worried some cities might need to tap emergency supplies before fall rains arrive. And with supplies so depleted this year, it's looking more likely that the winter won't fully replenish them.

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Wash. lays down rules for drought relief money

Capital Press

The Washington Department of Ecology is reworking its drought response plan, shifting the focus from bringing farmers relief this summer to longer-term water projects proposed by cities, irrigation districts, tribes and other public agencies. The agency has been scrambling for months to respond to a steadily worsening drought without a firm spending plan or budget authority from lawmakers.

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Oregon governor to order water usage review

Reuters

Oregon's governor plans to order state agencies to review their water usage and to draft strategies to conserve water in the parched state, a spokesman said. Governor Kate Brown plans to issue the directive later this month and asked residents of the West Coast state to conserve water and for state agencies to help raise awareness of drought conditions, her office said.

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