Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2016

Leading the way

EPA says Dixie Drain may set stage for water programs

Dixie Drain Phosphorus Removal Project Rendering

Meridian Press

Capital Press

The groundbreaking Dixie Drain phosphorus-removal project built by the City of Boise has gained significant interest from municipalities and companies looking for ways to meet discharge requirements. The $21 million project has created a template that could allow these entities and farmers to work together to meet federal Clean Water Act standards. EPA officials said the project could set the stage for efforts to create water quality trading programs.


Study forecasts shift in Wash.’s irrigation needs

Capital Press

Summer water supplies in the Columbia River Basin will drop by about 10 percent by 2035, causing farmers to plant earlier and adjust their mix of crops to maintain production, according to a study to be presented to Washington lawmakers. The Washington State University report attempts to weigh complex factors to forecast Eastern Washington’s water supply and demand 20 years from now.


Water quality makes Portland 'Salmon-Safe'


Portland's efforts to improve water quality and improve salmon habitat have resulted in it becoming the first city to receive the "Salmon-Safe" certification. Portland now joins companies such as Nike in passing the comprehensive science-based evaluation of land and water management practices set out by Salmon Safe, a not-for-profit dedicated to transforming watershed management practices.

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