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Technology turns manure into clean water
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Technology turns manure into clean water
On-farm technology to turn liquid manure to clean water, while separating out valuable nutrients, is expected to be available commercially by year' end.

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California seeks to send message to water-wasters
California Water Board Chairwoman Felicia Marcus said the vote is historic not only because the steps are unprecedented in California but because the board is trying to spread the burden of the drought beyond farmers and agencies that are trying to...
Drought persists, Oregon irrigators out of water
Jay Chamberlin of the Owyhee Irrigation District in Nyssa says he’s been telling farmers who still have some of their allotments that they should use the water wisely.
Idaho growers concerned about crop heat stress
Idaho growers concerned about crop heat stress
Extreme heat throughout Idaho to start July has raised concerns from some potato and onion growers.
Environmentalists say they’ll sue over bull trout
A separate case involving bull trout is pending in federal court in Oregon, where environmentalists sued federal officials in April for failing to develop recovery plans for the fish.
Plan to kill cormorants to save salmon debated
Scientists estimate cormorants on East Sand Island ate 18 million protected salmon and steelhead last year and are regularly consuming 10 to 15 percent of the populations swimming through the Columbia River estuary.
New Idaho hydro generation unit delayed
The Bureau of Reclamation has delayed construction of a new hydroelectric generating unit at Black Canyon Diversion Dam because the cost of the project may exceed its benefit. Irrigators in southwestern Idaho and eastern Oregon hope the power produced by...
Inslee submits ideas for new water-quality rules
How much fish people eat is part of a complicated formula that determines how clean waters should be. A higher rate theoretically would mean fewer toxic chemicals would be allowed in waters.
California hopes fines up to $500 slow water waste
A combination of mandatory and voluntary restrictions so far has resulted in a statewide water use reduction of 5 percent through May — far short of the 20 percent sought by Gov. Jerry Brown.
Water board to use ‘light touch’ on urban water regs
California's State Water Resources Control Board is set to adopt fines for urban dwellers who waste water outdoors, but the regulations would only apply in communities that don't already have conservation plans in place and wouldn't be mandatory for...
Water levels at Nevada’s Lake Mead drop to new low
The lake on Tuesday was just under 1,082 feet above sea level, and the reservoir was about 39 percent full.