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Sorry, just because it’s raining doesn’t mean you can take long showers again

It’s an odd thing for Western Washingtonians to see fires in the Olympics and water advisories in their mailboxes. But thanks to low snowpack and…

Parched summer could leave houseboats high and dry

Local lawyer/historian Howard Droker’s well-researched 2003 history of the Emerald City’s floating home community was called Seattle’s Unsinkable Houseboats. Well, the houseboats themselves may not…

In drought, conflict emerges between fish and man

Years ago, when a committee was putting together a groundwater management plan for Vashon Island, a consulting firm brought its groundwater expert to a public…

Snoqualmie Valley farmers fight drought with innovation

A water-wheel transplanter -- a light John Deere with two large water tanks at its flanks -- moves through dry fields at Local Roots Farm…

Washington burning: Wildfires are adding up

Wildfires have burned about 74,000 acres of Washington since June 1 — roughly twice the acreage that burned in the same period in 2014. And…

State Senate pumps up drought funding

Washington’s Senate voted 44-0 Wednesday to allocate $18 million to fight the state’s drought. The money will be available for use during the final days…

What drought? Meteorologist Cliff Mass vs. nearly everyone

“The drought is unlike any we’ve ever experienced.” “Over 90 percent of Washington is abnormally dry, over half is in moderate drought, and nearly 25…

Senate eager to add more money for drought prep

The Washington Senate Ways & Means Committee unanimously recommended Tuesday that $18 million be allocated to fight Washington’s drought for the remainder of fiscal 2013-2015…

Guest Opinion: WSU should drive smarter Palouse water actions

Washington State University promotes its research contributions with the tagline “Tomorrow begins here.” When I watched a TV ad touting aerospace biofuel research, the phrase…

Superdrought of 2015: Three things Washington must consider

Washington faces what may be its worst drought in recorded history. The state isn’t on the road to sun-parched hellscapes out of Mad Max like some…

With snow disappearing, state steps up drought preparations

Gov. Jay Inslee on Friday declared all of Washington to be in a drought, kicking in state-backed remedial measures on a scale never seen before.…

Don’t blame drought for higher water rates in Seattle

Forget those bare ski slopes in the Cascades, drought emergencies declared in much of the state, and headlines about the (some-would-say-long-overdue) dessication of California. Drought…