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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,”...
Above-average snowpack bodes well for summer

Above-average snowpack bodes well for summer

With an ample snowpack and forecasts for continued snow in the mountains, the prospects for a drought-free year in Washington look more promising every day. As winter turns the corner and heads into spring, the statewide snowpack average is 110 percent of normal, and the Okanogan Basin leads in snowpack accumulation with 148 …
Community briefs: Jan. 13, 2015

Community briefs: Jan. 13, 2015

Forest planning explained Learn all about the North Central Washington Forest Health Collaborative’s efforts in a free public meeting at 6 p.m. next Wednesday (Jan. 20) at the Twisp Valley Grange. The group is providing pre-planning support to the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest for a potential project in the Libby and Buttermilk Creek sub-watersheds. For more...
Twisp signs contract to finance water purchase

Twisp signs contract to finance water purchase

Moving another step closer to resolving its longstanding water shortage problem, the town of Twisp has signed a contract with the state Department of Ecology to finance the purchase of water from the Methow Valley Irrigation District (MVID). Twisp Council members have approved a contract that provides $276,000 from Ecology’s Office of…
Twisp monitoring its water supply to keep up with development

Twisp monitoring its water supply to keep up with development

By Ann McCreary
Twisp officials are keeping a tally of the amount of water available to serve new residential and commercial development, particularly in light of an increase over the past year in proposals to subdivide property for new home lots.
Faulty valve causes massive water leak

Faulty valve causes massive water leak

By Ann McCreary
A faulty valve on a Twisp water storage tank resulted in a large volume of municipal water lost last month.