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State Seeks Water To Keep Yakima Basin Streams Flowing

siebertcreekState water managers are looking to lease water from farmers to keep streams from running dry in the upper Yakima River Basin. The Department of Ecology is offering to pay willing hay farmers and other growers to not use their water diversions. Irrigators offer their water through a market-based bidding process.

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WSU Study Finds Methane Emissions Dropping In US

transaltaWashington State University researchers have found that methane emissions from local natural gas distribution systems across the U.S. have decreased in the past 20 years. The researchers pointed to upgrades in metering and regulating stations, changes in pipeline materials, better instruments for leaks

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Fourth Baby For Endangered Puget Sound Orcas

orcajpodA new baby orca has been spotted in the waters of British Columbia, the fourth born to the endangered Puget Sound orcas this winter.

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DNR Crews Remove Derelict, Decimated Barge From Eld Inlet

bargecleanup32015(Ear to the Ground News Release) - Crews working for DNR’s Aquatic Restoration program pulled the remains of an old barge from the muddy shoreline of Eld Inlet last week. The barge, of unknown origin, washed ashore some 17 years ago and deteriorated to the point it was barely recognizable as a vessel.

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Vessel Sinks Near La Push; Diesel Sheen Spotted

coastguard4The Coast Guard is working to contain a diesel spill that resulted when a fishing vessel sunk near La Push. The Guard's Puget Sound incident management group received a report on Thursday that a vessel had gone down and a diesel sheen could be seen. The local harbormaster placed boom around the site

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