No Fireworks & Water Management Solutions
The ranking member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell, called on federal agencies to work cooperatively with state and local governments on innovative water management solutions to address rapidly changing conditions.
CANTWELL: Washington is seeing just as California and Oregon are seeing that the drought conditions might become the new normal. We had some problems a year ago, now we've had this drought which is the worst in 65 years , we don't know what the conditions are going to be in the future but working together the federal government and the state government on more storage and conservation plans might help us better prepare for the future.
Speaking of drought issues, the Bureau of Land Management in both Oregon and Washington have banned all fireworks and exploding targets on BLM-managed lands in those two states. The ban went into effect on Monday and will be in effect until Oct. 15th. Anyone who lights fireworks on BLM land may be fined up to $1,000, a prison term of up to one year, or both and if the action results in a wildfire, they can be billed for the cost of fighting the fire. With the Fourth of July just one month away it might be best to make plans to catch a local fireworks display.
That's today's Northwest Report. I'm Greg Martin on the Ag Information Network of the West.