Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016

Taking charge

Idaho seeks federal approval to regulate pollution

Idaho DEQ

Associated Press

Idaho wants to take over regulating pollution discharge into the state’s lakes and rivers from the federal government. The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality submitted an application to the U.S. EPA to take control of permitting and enforcement aspects under the federal Clean Water Act. State officials say having Idaho run the program will have local experts better acquainted with Idaho making decisions. The program is projected to cost $3 million annually.

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Ore. lawmakers prioritize groundwater resources

The Oregonian

Oregon lawmakers, spurred by reporting in The Oregonian/OregonLive on unsustainably high groundwater extraction, say they'll discuss how to pay for in-depth studies of Oregon's aquifers in a hearing this month. Legislators had already been planning a session on dwindling groundwater levels, said Rep. Brian Clem, D-Salem, the committee's chair.

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Study: Climate change has less impact on drought

University of Washington

As humans pump carbon dioxide into the atmosphere and global temperatures rise, many questions loom. One major issue is how much fresh water will be available for people, forests and agriculture. A study led by the University of Washington shows that popular long-term drought estimates have a major flaw: They ignore the fact that plants will be less thirsty as carbon dioxide rises.

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