Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015

Drought study

USGS research will aid water management decisions

 A hydrologic technician from the US Geological Survey Idaho Water Science Center measures streamflow in Fall Creek near Anderson Ranch Dam in Mountain Home southwestern Idaho, Aug. 17. Federal scientists are conducting a drought study in six western states in an attempt to gain insights that could help resource managers better allocate scarce water supplies during future droughts. JOHN WIRT

USGS

Coeur d'Alene Press

Northwest rivers, streams and creeks will be part of a major USGS study to better understand how water supplies could be allocated during droughts in the future. The study could answer whether 2015 might serve as a model for how streams will respond to climate change, and which streams are most vulnerable to warm, dry weather. A report of findings is planned for publication next year.

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El Nino could bring warm winter to Northwest

The Columbian

A monster El Nino churning in the Pacific Ocean appears to be the strongest in nearly two decades, climatologists said Thursday. For the Northwest, the phenomenon often means warmer, drier-than-normal conditions. That could be bad news for a region already reeling from drought conditions. It’s also a recipe for a meager mountain snowpack.

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Toxic algae may harm marine economy for years

NBC News

A long band of toxic algae blooming off the West Coast of the United States shows no sign of receding months after scientists first observed it, leaving many worried that it will make trouble for local commercial fishing and tourism industries.

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