Streamlined regulations encourage reusing water

Proposed rule will help state prepare for future droughts

A rule that’s been drafted would help Washington deal with water shortages by encouraging local jurisdictions to reuse or reclaim water.

Local food bank needs new volunteer director

Wayne Connelly has found himself in a bind.

Roza officials adjusting water delivery schedule

With temperatures later this week and next expected to reach triple digits for several days, Roza Irrigation District officials will ramp up rates of delivery ahead of schedule.

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Farmers not the only ones affected by drought

Short water supply impacts local cemetery

It’s difficult to keep a park-like setting green when there is not enough water to go around.

Burn ban put into place by DNR east of the Cascades

The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) this past Wednesday announced there is a burn ban in effect on DNR-protected lands east of the crest of the Cascade Mountains. The eastern Washington burn ban applies to state forests, state parks and forestlands under DNR fire protection.

State plans to enforce ag dealer licensing

Summer enforcement of agricultural dealer licenses is underway.

Roza reloads for dry spell

Flush with nearly 10,000 acre-feet of water from the Sunnyside Valley Irrigation District, Roza irrigators have a bit more reason for hope during this summer’s drought.

Roza readies for state funds

In action Tuesday, Roza’s board authorized District Manager Scott Revell to execute a reimbursement contract with the Department of Ecology.

Dairy farmers support Second Harvest

Local families and seniors in need can get milk, potatoes, apples, onions, a variety of whole grain breads and other shelf-stable items when the Second Harvest Mobile Food Bank is at the Sunnyside ACS Food Bank (1875 East Lincoln Ave.) from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. this coming Thursday, June 11.

Dairy digesters get new life with renewable natural gas

Dairy‐based anaerobic digesters that produce biogas have been generating electricity for years, but this model has fallen on hard times as electricity rates plummeted with the arrival of hydraulic fracturing technology (“fracking”) several years ago that provides decades of cheap natural gas.

DOE considers on-farm ponds funding

The state’s first drought in a decade has officials with the Department of Ecology considering helping growers pay to install on-farm ponds.

Washington state Senate supports drought relief

OLYMPIA – Last Thursday the state Senate unanimously voted to allocate $18 million to the State Drought Preparedness Account

Roza Irrigation District garners water conservation grant

As it manages through the biggest drought in at least a decade, the Roza Irrigation District yesterday was named a recipient of a grant for water conservation.