Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015

Conservation push

Seattle, Tacoma, Everett ask residents to cut use 10%

Sasha Froese, 7, from Austin Texas, helps water her grandparents’ garden on northeast Capitol Hill. MIKE SIEGEL

Seattle Times

Seattle Times

Seattle, Tacoma and Everett officials are asking people to reduce water use by 10 percent, starting Tuesday, saying the potential for a water shortage in the Puget Sound area’s three largest cities continues to increase. The risk of a shortage is related to unusually hot summer weather, the region’s all-time driest May-through-July period and what’s expected to be a dry fall.

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Wash. official: Prep for next year's drought soon

Capital Press

Washington state agencies, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and major irrigation districts should start planning for drought next year as soon as this year’s irrigation season is over, the new director of the state Department of Agriculture says. Water will be a big issue and the state needs to be better prepared, Agriculture Director Derek Sandison recently told the Chelan-Douglas Farm Bureau.

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USGS study aims to tap into geothermal power

Northwest Public Radio

President Obama’s new EPA rule seeking drastic reductions in carbon emissions could create more room in the industry for cleaner forms of energy. One of those is geothermal. In eastern Oregon and parts of Idaho, a new study will look closer at this potential source.

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