Wednesday, July 26, 2017

No budget deal

Washington lawmakers fail to resolve water dispute


Everett Herald

Washington lawmakers ended the longest legislative session in state history Thursday without resolving a water rights dispute or passing a capital budget to fund school construction, affordable housing and a slew of community projects. Their inability to settle on a response to the Hirst decision from the state Supreme Court last fall leaves thousands of rural property owners wondering if they’ll be able to build a home and drill a well.


Oregon hit by 'perfect storm' for algae blooms

The Oregonian

Oregon public health officials say years of drought followed by heavy rains this spring created a "perfect storm" for harmful algae blooms to pop up on rivers, lakes and reservoirs across the state this summer. Though 2017 may appear to be a bad year for algae blooms, state officials say there's not much they can do to confirm that or study the issue further.


B.C. engineers invent 3D-printed water sensor


Engineers at the University of British Columbia Okanagan have designed a 3D-printed device that can warn people in their homes if their water source is contaminated. Current devices are expensive and bulky said Mina Hoorfar, director of UBC Okanagan’s school of engineering. But her team has found a way to 3D-print a device that costs less than $10 to make.