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 2015 News on Wildfires, Rivers, Weather, and Other Drought-related Topics
 
November 9. The Spokesman-Review Weathercatch: Warmer, drier weather likely to stick around for a while
 
November 9. Dept. of Ecology Blog Air Time: A summer of unhealthy smoke
 
October 23. Capital Press FEMA to help some wildfire-ravaged counties in Washington
 
October 15. Tri-City Herald Officials discuss ways to reduce size of wildfires
 
October 5. Tri-City Herald Drought was rough on sockeye, future could be an upstream battle
 
September 29. The Olympian Dramatic climate shifts require attention to forests, water
 
September 28. NPR Fall Brings No Relief To The West As Wildfires Worsen
 
September 24. Seattle Times Columbia River water levels hit 6-year low
 
September 15. Northwest Treaty Tribes How Treaty Tribes Are Responding to the Drought
 
September 14. Central Washington Fire Recovery Floodwatch Preparation
 
September 8. WSU New Wildfire Recovery Website
 
September 3. GoSkagit State lifts some drought-related fishing restrictions
 
August 31. US Army Corps of Engineers Lakes Washington, Union lowest in 28 years
 
August 29. Dept. of Ecology Blog WCC Fish Response: Crews help fish battle the drought
 
August 28. Washington Dept. of Fish and Wildlife 
Snoqualmie River fishing hours restricted
Areas of Sauk River closed to fishing in response to drought conditions
 
August 26. NorthWest Treaty Tribes How Real-Time Data Helps The Nisqually Tribe Protect Salmon
 
August 25. GoSkagit Marblemount hatchery doing better than most
 
August 25. Cliff Mass Weather Blog A Great Source for Northwest Smoke Forecasts 
 
August 23. The Columbian Water temperatures ease, but drought persists
 
August 19. GoSkagit Drought prompts more rule changes for region’s rivers
 
August 17.  GoSkagit Drinking water levels may be dropping sight unseen during drought
 
August 17. Washington Dept. of Fish and Wildlife Drought conditions prompt WDFW to limit suction dredging, other activities in rivers
 
August 10. Tri-City Herald Heat causes fish to die at Whatcom Falls hatchery
 
August 8. Komo News How dry is it? Sprinkler system set up in Olympic rain forest
 
August 3. Dept. of Ecology Drought conditions prompt changes in Lake Osoyoos levels; More water will be stored now to support Okanogan River flows in the fall
 
August 3. Dept. of Ecology Air Quality Monitoring Network
Washington Air Monitoring
View Air Quality Information by Location
 
July 30. Dept of Ecology Blog Puget Sound waters left sweltering after double punch from the drought and the Blob
 
July 30. GoSkagit So far so good for state fish hatcheries in Skagit County – Heat, disease kills 1.5M fish around state
 
July 29. King5 State diverts river to help salmon
 
July 29. GoSkagit Puget Sound waters reach record warm temperatures  
 
July 28. Washington Dept. of Fish and Wildlife WDFW takes steps to reduce effects of drought at fish hatcheries
 
July 27. Seattle Times Snowpack drought has salmon dying in overheated rivers
 
July 23. NWPR NW Fish Survival Tested By Warm Waters And Low Stream Flows
 
July 19.  USGS Map of Monthly Streamflow Compared to Historical Streamflow for the Month of the Year

http://waterwatch.usgs.gov/index.php?id=mv01d&sid=w__map|m__mv01d_nwc&r=wa
Map of Monthly Streamflow Compared to Historical Streamflow for the Month of the Year. Courtesy United States Geological Survey (USGS)
July 18. Washington Dept. of Fish and Wildlife Drought prompts fishing moratorium for sturgeon on Columbia, Snake rivers
 
July 17. Washington Dept. of Fish and Wildlife Drought conditions prompt fishing closures, restrictions on numerous rivers  (To take effect Saturday (July 18) at 12:01 a.m)
 
July 14. Yakima Herald State could close some rivers to fishing due to drought
 
July 12. GoSkagit  Burn bans expand across Western Washington
 
July 6. Tri-City Herald Yakima River fish fighting for survival with drought
 
July 6.  NWPR Driest June On Record For Wettest Part Of Washington
 
June 29. FIRE PROTECTION BUREAU  Fireworks Ban or Restricted Sales/Use by County and City (BANNED in many Cities Across Washington)
 
June 26. Governor Jay Inslee Governor Inslee and Commissioner of Public Lands Goldmark take steps to reduce wildfire risk
 
June 26. WA State Dept. of Natural Resources DNR EXPANDS BURN BAN TO INCLUDE WESTERN WASHINGTON  (Hot And Dry Conditions Increasing Fire Danger Statewide)
 
June 26. King 5 News  Fish stranded in Puyallup River due to low water levels
 
June 20. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Drought affecting how Corps officials manage Chittenden Locks
 
June 17. Washington Trails Association Wildfire Season Arrives: Thunder Creek Closures, Fire Safety Tips
 
June 11. Spokesman-Review B.C. reservoirs will help aid Northwest during drought
 
June 9. Skagit Valley Herald  Drought brings low flows early to Spokane River
 
June 9.  United States Environmental Protection Agency Conserving Water
 
June 5. WA Dept. of Ecology Blog Rapidly declining stream and river flows are telling the story of our drought
 
June 1.  King 5 News Whitewater rafting businesses adapt to slow rivers
 
May 29.  Cliff Mass Weather Blog Drought Misinformation
 
May 19. Earth Observatory NASA Diminished Snow Pack in the Pacific Northwest (Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer Images)
 
May 19.  The Utilities and Transportation Commission Effective Water Conservation 
 
May 18. Tri-City Herald Expect dry fountains, brown lawns on Capitol Campus this summer
 
May 15.  Western Governors’  Association Drought Update: California desalination rules, Washington fishery concerns
 
May 12. Washington’s ‘snow drought’ puts fisheries at risk
 
May 11. Disaster Safety.Org Protect Your Property from Wildfire
 
May 4. Dept. of Ecology La conservación del agua: Comienza contigo
 
 April 22. Washington Energy Services 10 Easy Steps You Can Take Towards Water Conservation 
 
April 22. Tri -City Herald Yakima Basin drought becomes a reality
 
April 20. WA DNR  DNR Offering Wildfire Preparation Info for Communities 
 
March 30. Dept. of Ecology  Forecast: Dust storms and wildfires ahead for Central and Eastern Washington