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Twisp on alert for possible ice dams blocking river as temps fall

Twisp on alert for possible ice dams blocking river as temps fall

Andrew Denham, Twisp’s public works director, was keeping a close watch early this week on ice that has built up on the Twisp River, hoping to avoid a repeat of last year’s ice dams that that threatened to flood parts of Twisp. The recent prolonged spell of frigid temperatures has produced thick ice on sections of...
Big slate of public works projects in Twisp this year

Big slate of public works projects in Twisp this year

Twisp residents can expect to see lots of construction in town in 2017, including street and sidewalk improvement work and water line replacement projects. Among the work expected next year is a street and sidewalk improvement project that will include …
County adopts new water availability ordinance

County adopts new water availability ordinance

The county planning director will determine whether there is adequate, legal water available as part of the process of obtaining a new building permit in Okanogan County, commissioners decided last week. Grappling with a Supreme Court decision that said counties, not …
Early snowpack a promising ‘jumpstart’

Early snowpack a promising ‘jumpstart’

The outlook for a good summer water supply in 2017 looks promising as the new year gets underway with a healthy snowpack accumulating in the North Cascades. At Hart’s Pass northwest of the Methow Valley, the SNOTEL snowpack-monitoring site measured …
Citizens urge simple water-application process

Citizens urge simple water-application process

Requiring any residents who want to build a house to also build a case to show they have enough water and the right to use it would be burdensome, costly and time-consuming, a dozen citizens …
County contemplates new reg affecting drinking-water systems

County contemplates new reg affecting drinking-water systems

Okanogan County is considering a new regulation that would allow the county to approve drinking-water systems that serve up to 14 connections and 24 people a day. The county used to administer and inspect its own systems …
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...
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 …
State assesses concerns about groundwater

State assesses concerns about groundwater

A review of last year’s drought impacts shows a decline in groundwater in eastern Washington, even though stream flows in creeks and rivers have rebounded to more normal levels this spring, according to the Washington Department of …
Rain, warm temperatures threaten statewide snowpack

Rain, warm temperatures threaten statewide snowpack

While the statewide snowpack remains healthy, warmer-than-normal temperatures and lots of rain in recent weeks are quickly melting lower and mid-elevation snow and could pose the risk of spring flooding if the warm, wet trend continues. “Overall snowpack [statewide] is at 101 percent of normal. We’re feeling pretty good about that considering we’re coming into mid-March,”...