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Water rights restrictions likely this summer, state DOE says

Water rights restrictions likely this summer, state DOE says

The runoff forecast for the Methow River for June through September is 75 percent of normal, which means water users with interruptible water rights will likely face restrictions again this summer. Water right holders with interruptible rights in the Methow Valley river basin have been …

Comment on permits for fruit-packing industry

The Washington Department of Ecology is soliciting public comment on a new permit that regulates wastewater discharges connecting with fruit packing. The permit, required of each fruit packer, makes sure that nearby lakes, rivers and groundwater are protected when fruit packers manage wastewater from their facilities. The introduction of a new fungicide for use by...
High temperatures melt previous optimism about summer water supplies

High temperatures melt previous optimism about summer water supplies

The hefty mountain snowpack that blanketed mountains around the Methow Valley at the beginning of April has rapidly melted away during the warm weather of recent weeks. On April 1, the snowpack in the upper Columbia River basin, which…
Cleanup underway after diesel spills into Similkameen River

Cleanup underway after diesel spills into Similkameen River

More than 5,000 gallons of diesel fuel has spilled into the Similkameen River in British Columbia, about 90 river miles north of the border, according to Okanogan County Emergency Manager Maurice Goodall. The Similkameen River flows from …
State Department of Ecology starts its review of county’s shoreline plan update

State Department of Ecology starts its review of county’s shoreline plan update

Public input sought on revised version By Marcy Stamper The next phase of review is underway for Okanogan County’s plan that covers development and protections along lakes and rivers, now that the state Department of Ecology is soliciting public input. The county commissioners approved a draft of the Shoreline Master Program (SMP) last June after...
Methow man fined by state for illegal burning

Methow man fined by state for illegal burning

An individual in the town of Methow was fined by the state Department of Ecology for burning leaves, twigs and garbage last winter during a ban on outdoor burning. Ecology fined Eric Zahn $2,175 after investigating a complaint of nuisance smoke. The investigator found the fire unattended, according to Joye Redfield-Wilder, communications manager for Ecology....
Ecology joins lawsuit, charges county plan doesn’t protect water

Ecology joins lawsuit, charges county plan doesn’t protect water

The Washington Department of Ecology has joined a lawsuit against Okanogan County, saying that the county’s new comprehensive plan allows additional development but does not make sure there is enough water to support it. Ecology’s friend-of-the-court brief also charges that the comp plan and accompanying zoning code do not protect water quality.
Widespread drought spells disaster for farmers, fish, people across the state

Widespread drought spells disaster for farmers, fish, people across the state

Officials who oversee water supplies, agriculture and fish don’t have to exaggerate to convey the grim conditions facing Washington as a result of a prolonged drought. Almost 99 percent of the state is classified as being in a “severe drought.” Eighty sturgeon, from 5 to 7 feet long — including breeding females — have been found dead along the...
County crews mixing plant matter and soil on Texas Creek

County crews mixing plant matter and soil on Texas Creek

By Marcy Stamper
Okanogan County Public Works crews have done more erosion-prevention work and cleaned up related debris from trees that had been deposited on steep slopes above Texas Creek, according to …
Debris dumped along Texas Creek prompts talks between agencies 

Debris dumped along Texas Creek prompts talks between agencies 

By Marcy Stamper

In response to citizen concerns about branches, tree trunks and large root wads deposited on a steep embankment on Texas Creek, representatives from Okanogan County Public Works and the Washington Department of Ecology have discussed the county’s practices for handling vegetation and brush. Representatives of the county and the...