Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016

Dixie Drain complete

Idaho project cuts phosphorus, improves water quality

Attendees of the official opening get a tour of the Dixie Drain facility. COLIN HICKMAN

City of Boise

KBOI Boise

The Dixie Drain's completion in Idaho was celebrated last week by Boise officials who hope the drain will be able to improve the water quality going into the Boise and Snake rivers. The Dixie Drain is a $21 million phosphorus removal facility that has been in the making for the past eight years. Officials hope the drain will remove up to 140 pounds of phosphorus a day — about 10 tons each year.

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Series examines Ore. water use, seeks solutions

The Oregonian

Oregon is granting farmers rights to more groundwater for irrigation than the state can sustain, The Oregonian/OregonLive found in its in-depth series, "Draining Oregon." Excessive pumping threatens communities, the economy and the environment. The Oregonian/OregonLive canvassed water experts, policymakers and activists to uncover potential solutions.

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Northwest hydropower study due in 5 years

Capital Press

Federal authorities have five years to study changes to the operation of 14 Northwest hydropower facilities aimed at mitigating harm to threatened and endangered fish. Environmental groups had called for a shorter deadline but they’re optimistic the process will compel agencies to come up with more aggressive operational changes.

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