Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016

National water priority

Obama administration creates Puget Sound Task Force

Christy Goldfuss, managing director of the White House Council on Environmental Quality, announcing major new initiatives for Puget Sound recover in Seattle on October 18, 2016.   BELLAMY PAILTHORP

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Seattle Post-Intelligencer

The Obama administration is creating a federal Puget Sound Task Force, giving resources to cleaning up Washington's inland sea and rivers. The long-sought move puts Puget Sound on equal footing with Chesapeake Bay and the Great Lakes as a national water priority. The feds, the State of Washington and Puget Sound tribal governments are investing $248 million to improve health of estuaries and the U.S. EPA is contributing $124 million.

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Oregon water regulators seek $3 million

Capital Press

Oregon’s water regulators are seeking more than $3 million to better handle problems with groundwater depletion and water rights enforcement. In its 2017-2019 budget proposal, the Oregon Water Resources Department wants state lawmakers to pay for 11 new positions while increasing the pay and duties of several existing positions.

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Order requires tribal input on water management

News Miner

Tribal knowledge will be included as much as possible in federal land and water management decisions under an Interior Department order. The order tells the National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management and Bureau of Reclamation to pursue tribal partnerships where possible.

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