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Toilet reservoir inspections coming in May
Toilet reservoir inspections coming in May (Townsquare media-Benton Franklin Reservoir Water Inspection photo)
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Drought Prompts Water Reservoir Testing in Benton-Franklin Toilets – Details

Here are more details about the program, slated to begin May 1st.

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Drought prompts toilet reservoir inspections coming in May
Drought prompts toilet reservoir inspections coming in May (Townsquare media image)
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Pending Drought Prompts Toilet Water Level Limits in Benton-Franklin County

You've all heard about the diminished snowfall in the Cascades this year, and how some irrigation districts are only receiving 73% of their normal amounts of water.  Well, now add some new restrictions.

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Drought conditions very likely in Columbia Basin this summer
Drought conditions very likely in Columbia Basin this summer (Photo by Brent Stirton/Reportage for Getty Images.)
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Gov. Inslee Declares Drought Emergency for Columbia Basin, Wenatchee Areas

At first glance, many irrigation districts across Southeastern Washington thought it would be tight this summer with water supplies, but now further examination shows possible, or probable, drought conditions.

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Kennewick Irrigation District
Kennewick Irrigation District (Kennewick Irrigation District)
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No Drought, But KID Preparing for “Low Water” Irrigation Season

They're not officially calling it a drought, but Kennewick Irrigation District officials say they're prepared to utilize their drought plans to ensure water will be delivered when and where it's needed, if necessary.

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Oregon legislature will decide fate of low-carbon fuel standard
Oregon legislature will decide fate of low-carbon fuel standard (Photo by Mark Renders/Getty Images)
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Oregon Legislature Set to Vote on Low-Carbon Fuel Standard Wednesday

Oregon has actually had a low-carbon fuel standard since 2009, but only one part of the bill is actually in operation.  The bill is set to expire, or sunset, at the end of 2015. But if it's passed, additional parts will be put in action, get ready for gas hikes anywhere from $.19 to $.33 cents per gallon at the least.

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Cleanup for Sunnyside oil spill may take weeks
Cleanup for Sunnyside oil spill may take weeks (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
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Officials Say Sunnyside Oil Leak May Take Weeks to Completely Clean Up

A 1,500 gallon tank holding old used motor oil that that began leaking Sunday has triggered the largest water cleanup effort in the Yakima Valley in 17 years.

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Goodwill starts curbsite recycling in Richland
Goodwill starts curbsite recycling in Richland (Courtesy Goodwill Industries Tri cities)
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Goodwill Starts Curbside Recycling Program in Richland – Get Details Here

Starting next week, Richland residents who have unwanted textile (clothing-shoes, etc) items will be able to leave them out on garbage day, and they will be collected.

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Mid Columbia businesses to be hurt by Inslee tax plan
Mid Columbia businesses to be hurt by Inslee tax plan (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
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Gov. Inslee’s Carbon Tax Plan Would Squeeze Mid Columbia Ag Companies

Gov. Jay Inslee is intent on fighting global warming and has proposed a enormous $12 billion plan to battle pollution and would "punish" the top 130 entities his experts say are pumping carbon into the atmosphere

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Lava
kawika singson, YouTube
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Extreme Close-Up View of Lava Is Simply Mesmerizing

Yes, it's the dead of winter and a good portion of the country is being held hostage by a deep freeze, so why not take a look at something that'll make you really, really warm?

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The environmental movement is like a massive underground weed
The environmental movement is like a massive underground weed (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
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Most “Grassroots” Environmental Groups Are Actually Part of Much Bigger Organizations

Most of the so-called local community based environmental groups you hear about in the news are anything but that. They're actually like the arms of an octopus; part of much larger well-funded environmental organizations that even receive federal funding on occasion.

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