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Legislators push bills to clarify water rights

Legislators push bills to clarify water rights

Washington legislators have introduced a flurry of bills to address a situation created by a state Supreme Court ruling that has put the construction of many new houses on hold until people can prove they have the water to supply the homes. The October ruling by the high court requires …
Take care – Methow Valley has unhealthy air

Take care – Methow Valley has unhealthy air

The Methow Valley Clean Air Project is asking for help. The Methow Valley is experiencing unusually unhealthy air recently, according to a press release from the Clean Air Project. Twisp and Carlton have been consistently in the “unhealthy” range. Unhealthy air has the most impact on: • hearts and lungs, especially people with pre-existing lung...
County adopts emergency rule to deal with development restrictions

County adopts emergency rule to deal with development restrictions

High court ruling shifts water adequacy burden to county By Marcy Stamper The Okanogan County commissioners have adopted an emergency ordinance to address a state Supreme Court ruling that halts new development without proof of water. The emergency ordinance establishes a new process for reviewing building applications following the October high court decision, which requires...
Okanogan County burn ban lifted; DNR also ends restrictions

Okanogan County burn ban lifted; DNR also ends restrictions

With cooler and damper weather in the county and across the state, bans on burning in Okanogan County have been lifted. The Okanogan County commissioners lifted the burn ban as of Monday (Oct. 3). The Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has also lifted the burn ban on lands under its protection in Okanogan County....
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....