Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015

Wildfire threat

Study: Severe blazes put Western water supplies at risk

JUSTIN SULLIVAN

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USA Today

The risk of severe wildfires in the West also threatens increasingly scarce water supplies, a new study finds. The study by the American Forest Foundation highlights that wildfires are not just a public lands issue. Private and family lands also are at risk and much of that land is in critical watersheds. The most severe wildfires create a “parking lot” effect where rainfall sheets off the forest floor, flooding streams, eroding stream banks and unleashing mudslides.

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AWRA honors Oregon Water Resources Department

WaterWorld

The American Water Resources Association recently announced that it has named the Integrated Water Resources Strategy of the Oregon Water Resources Department as the 2015 winner of its prestigious Integrated Water Resources Management Award. Oregon's Integrated Water Resources Strategy provides a roadmap for meeting in-stream and out-of-stream water needs.

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Washington well contamination tracked to source

USGS

Scientists built upon a recently completed groundwater model of the Yakima River Basin to create a computer simulation that tracks well water back to its likely source area. Responding to community concerns about high levels of nitrates found in wells, local, state and federal agencies developed a preliminary assessment and recommendations for decreasing future nitrate levels in the water.

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