Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015

Puget Sound forecast

Report: Area may face more flooding as climate warms

UW

Seattle Times

A University of Washington climate-change study for the Puget Sound area forecasts a temperature rise of 2.9 to 5.4 degrees Fahrenheit by mid-century, resulting in wide-ranging shifts as more storms bring rain rather than snow. A warming climate is expected to result in an increase in flood risks even as overall precipitation is predicted to remain roughly the same.

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Panel hears ways to finance Wash. water projects

Capital Press

Washington lawmakers were presented with a slate of ways to raise $3 billion over 10 years for irrigation, flood-prevention and pollution-control projects. The options were rolled out at a meeting of a House task force formed after a proposal earlier this year to fund water projects with a new property tax failed to win support.

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Oregon’s water demand to grow by 15% by 2050

Capital Press

By 2050, Oregon’s annual demand for water will increase by 1.3 million acre-feet according to state water regulators. That’s an increase of roughly 15 percent from today’s annual usage. Oregon’s agricultural industry, which uses about 85 percent of the state’s water, is expected to need 6-9 percent more water.

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