Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015

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Oregon sets sights on funding water infrastructure

 THOMAS PATTERSON

Statesman Journal

Statesman Journal

Oregon is following a positive trend led by neighboring states Washington and California and focusing on increasing its investment in water infrastructure. The state is currently accepting applications for the first round of loans and grants from a new Water Supply Development Account. The initiative stems from 2013’s Senate Bill 839, which established the account to provide grants and loans for water projects.

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Officials: Don't expect big El Niño to end drought

Seattle Times

One of the strongest projected El Niños on record points toward a relatively warm, dry fall and winter in the Puget Sound area, and could prolong and magnify drought conditions across Washington, officials say. “This historic drought is not over,” state Department of Ecology director Maia Bellon told reporters, adding that more than two-thirds of the state is in “extreme drought.”

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Irrigation, aquaculture top Idaho water users

Associated Press

An Associated Press review shows the highest consumers of Idaho’s drinking water aren’t the people taking long showers, using their dishwasher or even those turning on their hoses for a green lawn. Instead, on a daily average, the state’s precious resource is being used the most for irrigation and aquaculture.

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