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New water rule raises property-rights concerns
New water rule raises property-rights concerns
As the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency begins examining the more than 13,000 comments on its proposed "Waters of the U.S." rule, some landowners fear having to obtain costly permits because of rain runoff or other issues.

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WSDA working on manure application bill
WSDA keeps a low profile as it works on a bill to regulate the application of manure on farm fields.
Washington state directors ask EPA to refine water rule
The directors of the Washington ecology, agriculture, fish and wildlife, and transportation departments suggest the EPA refine its approach to clarifying which waters fall under federal jurisdiction.
San Diego considers recycling water for drinking
San Diego, a city of 1.4 million people that imports 85 percent of its water from the Colorado River and Northern California, has slowly warmed to the idea in its quest to become more independent and protected from drought.
Death by dirty water: Storm runoff a risk for fish
The research being conducted by scientists with NOAA, Washington State University and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service offers a promising solution to stormwater pollution, a major problem for Puget Sound and other streams and lakes in the nation.
Klamath pact supporters press bill’s passage
A bill that would ratify dam removal and conservation funding along the Klamath River is running out of time for passage in Congress.
Delta tunnels the next big water fight in Calif.
Now that California's Proposition 1 has passed, some activists who fought the state's water bond have turned their attention to Gov. Jerry Brown's proposed tunnels that would bypass the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta.
Governors team up to tackle western drought
Governors team up to tackle western drought
California, Nevada team ukp to fight drought.
Ecology changing watershed evaluation process
The Washington Department of Ecology recently presented possible changes to the way it evaluates watersheds for pollution.
Idaho water officials try to avoid Swan Falls curtailment scenario
If Snake River flows drop below a minimum level at the Murphy streamgage, 2,500 upstream water rights could be subject to curtailment. State water officials will work with those water right holders to develop a plan to try to preclude that from happening.
Drought Monitor authors encourage growers’ input
Drought Monitor authors encourage growers’ input
Authors of the U.S. Drought Monitor encourage growers and others to submit information about how the drought is affecting them so that the weekly maps can be more accurate.