Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015

B.C., Alaska strike deal

Two regions sign pact to protect shared waterways

 The results of a tailing pond breach at Imperial Metals Corp's gold and copper mine at Mount Polley in central British Columbia are pictured August 4, 2014 in this still image from aerial handout video provided by Cariboo Regional District.

Reuters

Reuters

British Columbia signed a memorandum of understanding with Alaska to protect transboundary rivers, watersheds and fisheries and be more involved in major mining developments in each other's territory. Under the agreement, a bilateral group will be created to monitor water quality in transboundary waters. The regions will also work toward allowing government representatives and scientists to be involved in each other's approval processes for mining projects.

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Washington will appraise drought damage

Capital Press

The Washington State Department of Agriculture will survey fields and question producers to assess how much last summer’s drought cost farmers and ranchers, a look back that officials say will help them plan ahead. WSDA is scheduled to deliver a preliminary report by Dec. 31 to the state Department of Ecology, the agency that disburses drought-relief funds.

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Young Oregon inventors take on natural disasters

The Bulletin

This year, Bend Research’s annual science competition challenged students to design products or systems to help survive, mitigate or harness the power of natural disasters. First prize for the high school division went to Bend High School's Maya Foster-Wexler for her idea for storm shutters that could generate solar power and collect and filter rainwater for an emergency water supply.

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