Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015

Water rule stalls

Wash. governor meets resistance, backs off legislation

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Seattle Times

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee announced that he would set aside draft rules for clean-water standards that have been under development for a year. The announcement comes as Inslee shifts gears on environmental issues after encountering resistance this year in the Legislature. The draft clean-water rules were intended to accompany legislation meant to reduce toxic chemicals. While that proposal passed the House, it stalled in the GOP-controlled Senate.

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Oregon governor orders agencies to cut water use

Reuters

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown ordered state agencies to reduce water consumption as the state languishes under an ongoing drought. Brown's goal is to reduce state water consumption by at least 15 percent or more on average across all state-owned facilities on or before Dec. 31, 2020. State agencies must begin to report their progress this November and annually thereafter.

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Summer's toll on Puget Sound worries scientists

Seattle Times

Scientists predicted this summer would be hot and dry, with warming waters and low river levels. It’s worse than they thought, and the effects are now evident in the Puget Sound. Scientists from county, state and federal agencies said they are concerned about the ecological outlook in the Puget Sound from the unusual conditions, which are forecast to persist as a strong El Niño develops.

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