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28 state AGs want WOTUS implementation delayed
Nearly 30 states that filed lawsuits against EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers over a new rule defining federal juristdiction under the Clean Water Act are requesting a delay in implementation to allow for judicial review of the challenges.

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S. Dakota attorney general signs letter asking EPA to delay water rule
Federal officials say the Waters of the U.S. rule clarifies which waterways are protected under the Clean Water Act. The rule is set to go into effect Aug. 28.
First sockeye salmon of year returns to Redfish Lake Creek
To help the fish, biologists have trapped and trucked 37 sockeye this month from Lower Granite Dam in Washington to the Eagle Hatchery.
Program aims to retain flood irrigation
Program aims to retain flood irrigation
A grant aims to help producers in important wildlife areas in Idaho improve their flood-irrigaiton systems to benefit habitat.
Idaho irrigation companies approves for Water Board loans
Two southeast Idaho canal companies have received low-interest loans through the Idaho Department of Water Resources to complete major improvements to their systems.
Warm river water lethal to spawning salmon
Efforts by management teams to cool flows below 70 degrees by releasing cold water from selected reservoirs are continuing in an attempt to prevent similar fish kills among chinook salmon and steelhead, which migrate later in the summer from the Pacific...
Irrigation ends in some Yakima tributaries
Irrigation ends in some Yakima tributaries
Water for some pre-statehood water right holders in two Yakima River tributaries is curtailed because of drought. Likely means no crop for some apple orchards.
Washington DOE warns westside irrigators of pending shut off
Washington DOE warns westside irrigators of pending shut off
The Washington Department of Ecology has warned more than 90 irrigators in southwest Washington that the are likely to be shut off from the Chehalis River.
Tour highlights conservation on ag lands
The Idaho Soil and Water Conservation Commission led a July 21 tour of southeast Idaho water-quality projects, most of which helped agricultural producers better their operations whille protecting watersheds.
Ag questions new Clean Water Act rule
Ag questions new Clean Water Act rule
EPA and Arny Corps of Engineers are meeting with major pushback on the final rule they say is intended to clarify waters protected under the Clean Water Act.
No relief in sight for parched West
No relief in sight for parched West
The West is experiencing low stream flows but the summer dry season is far from over, so drought conditions are expected to become more severe.