Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Bad, getting worse

Officials paint bleak picture of drought in Washington

Citing record low water levels that stress fish, the state closed Little Naches Creek to fishing. KAITLYN BERNAUER


Yakima Herald-Republic

In Washington, rivers and streams are at record lows, fish are dying and farmers and communities are facing water shortages. On Friday, officials from state and federal agencies painted a dire picture. While some $16 million in emergency funding should soon be available for leasing water rights, drilling new wells and providing other relief, the state Department of Ecology cautioned it won’t solve every drought crisis.


Deal keeps Portland's Mt. Tabor reservoirs filled

The Oregonian

Portland's historic Mt. Tabor reservoirs will look an awful lot like they do today — maybe even better — after they're officially disconnected from the city's water system later this year. The Portland City Council voted 4-1 to spend at least $4 million for reservoir improvements while also pledging to keep water in the open-air reservoirs to maintain the picturesque panorama.


Sea level rise puts strain on Seattle infrastructure

When a perfect storm hits areas of Seattle, there is a good chance the city's surfaces will be flooded with more than water. A panel of experts gathered recently to study the impacts of rising sea levels. What it found was that neighborhoods near sea level are occasionally flooding because of insufficient infrastructure.

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