water pollution http://www.kplu.org en Wash. To Host First Public Meeting On Inslee's Fish Consumption Rate Proposal http://www.kplu.org/post/wash-host-first-public-meeting-inslees-fish-consumption-rate-proposal <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/159728327&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Washington is slowly moving ahead with a long-delayed plan to update its water quality rules. Tuesday's will be the first public meeting on Gov. Jay&nbsp;<a href="http://governor.wa.gov/news/releases/article.aspx?id=293">Inslee’s proposal</a> to dramatically increase the fish consumption rate, which determines how clean discharged water must be.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">But some say the proposal doesn’t go far enough.</span></p><p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 17835 at http://www.kplu.org Wash. To Host First Public Meeting On Inslee's Fish Consumption Rate Proposal Environment Washington Pushing To Close Loopholes In Clean Water Act http://www.kplu.org/post/environment-washington-pushing-close-loopholes-clean-water-act <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/155145736&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 23:04:47 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 17276 at http://www.kplu.org Environment Washington Pushing To Close Loopholes In Clean Water Act Homeowners at Odds with Gov't Agencies over Dredging, Disposal http://www.kplu.org/post/homeowners-odds-govt-agencies-over-dredging-disposal <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Some residents in the Olympia area are concerned about dredged materials being disposed of in the Puget Sound.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">They say the Department of Natural Resources&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">is failing to protect underwater ecology at the same time that state and federal governments are spending millions on cleanup.</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> Wed, 11 Dec 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 11580 at http://www.kplu.org Homeowners at Odds with Gov't Agencies over Dredging, Disposal Clean Water Suit Alleges State's Fish Consumption Rate Outdated http://www.kplu.org/post/clean-water-suit-alleges-states-fish-consumption-rate-outdated <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">How much fish is safe to eat?&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">That&rsquo;s the key question in a<a href="http://www.pugetsoundkeeper.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/complaint-10-11-13.pdf"> </a><a href="https://mail-attachment.googleusercontent.com/attachment/u/0/?ui=2&amp;ik=9dd280d624&amp;view=att&amp;th=141a8cd361332dc6&amp;attid=0.1&amp;disp=inline&amp;safe=1&amp;zw&amp;saduie=AG9B_P-FHH3btKJWK3myngtP26f0&amp;sadet=1381519485076&amp;sads=8WFOqKcQfThtPfywyyzbp0w2htc" target="_blank">federal lawsuit filed today</a>.&nbsp;</span></p><p>The<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;plaintiffs are trying to force stricter limits on pollution in local waters.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A coalition of groups including clean water advocates, tribes, and the commercial fishing industry have filed suit against the Environmental Protection Agency.</span></p><p> Fri, 11 Oct 2013 23:54:40 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 10412 at http://www.kplu.org Clean Water Suit Alleges State's Fish Consumption Rate Outdated EPA Put on Notice over Wash. State's Fish Consumption Rate http://www.kplu.org/post/epa-put-notice-over-wash-states-fish-consumption-rate <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The official estimate of how much fish people eat dictates the levels of pollution that are allowed, and a statewide coalition of clean water advocates says an accurate standard is long overdue.</span></p><p>Waterkeepers Washington<a href="http://earthjustice.org/our_work/cases/2013/washington-state-s-toxic-fish-consumption-rules" target="_blank"> is threatening to sue the federal government</a> over lack of enforcement.</p> Wed, 24 Jul 2013 03:02:14 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 9419 at http://www.kplu.org EPA Put on Notice over Wash. State's Fish Consumption Rate House Dems remove fish-consumption study from budget http://www.kplu.org/post/house-dems-remove-fish-consumption-study-budget <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Washington state House Democrats removed funds for a fish-consumption study from the final budget. That went against the wishes of one of the state's biggest business interests, Boeing.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The state Department of Ecology currently assumes that people in Washington eat about one meal of fish a month. But the state acknowledges the standard is out of date; many people eat a lot more fish than that.</span></p><p>Tribes and environmental groups have been urging the state to update its standard and require stricter regulation of water pollution. But that has been met with resistance from businesses, including Boeing.</p><p> Tue, 02 Jul 2013 00:25:45 +0000 Ashley Gross 9228 at http://www.kplu.org House Dems remove fish-consumption study from budget Human fecal bacteria confirmed in Seattle’s Thornton Creek http://www.kplu.org/post/human-fecal-bacteria-confirmed-seattle-s-thornton-creek <p>Scientists with the city of Seattle are narrowing in on the source of polluted water that flows through the city’s largest watershed. With <a href="http://www.seattle.gov/util/myservices/drainagesewer/aboutthedrainagesewersystem/thorntoncreekwatershedreports/">a new study</a>, they’ve confirmed human fecal bacteria are likely entering Thornton Creek at multiple locations near Northgate and Lake City Way. Fri, 14 Jun 2013 00:00:00 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 9049 at http://www.kplu.org Human fecal bacteria confirmed in Seattle’s Thornton Creek How much fish is healthy? Wash. tribes push for updated standard http://www.kplu.org/post/how-much-fish-healthy-wash-tribes-push-updated-standard <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">How much fish should&nbsp;y</span>ou<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> eat? The state Department of Health recommends two meals of fish a week. But the <a href="http://www.ecy.wa.gov/toxics/fish_overview.html" target="_blank">Department of Ecology assumes people eat far less</a>, about the equivalent of one meal per month.</span></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 1.2em;">That’s because it uses those assumptions to calculate how much water pollution can be legally allowed in Washington—pollution that ends up in the fish we eat.</p> Fri, 26 Apr 2013 20:41:07 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 8582 at http://www.kplu.org How much fish is healthy? Wash. tribes push for updated standard Seattle Mayor aiming high on green infrastructure for stormwater http://www.kplu.org/post/seattle-mayor-aiming-high-green-infrastructure-stormwater <p>When you look around the streets of Seattle, you can expect to see less concrete and more greenery being put in over the next 12 years.</p><p>The City is planning to dramatically increase its use of <a href="http://www.seattle.gov/util/MyServices/DrainageSewer/Projects/GreenStormwaterInfrastructure/index.htm">green infrastructure</a> to treat <a href="http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/wq/stormwater/municipal/index.html">stormwater runoff</a>.</p><p>Stormwater runoff is acknowledged as the single largest source of pollution in Puget Sound.</p> Thu, 07 Mar 2013 01:46:46 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 7918 at http://www.kplu.org Seattle Mayor aiming high on green infrastructure for stormwater Rising rate of plastics ingested by birds off the coast of Washington http://www.kplu.org/post/rising-rate-plastics-ingested-birds-coast-washington <p>A <a href="http://www.abcbirds.org/newsandreports/releases/120718.html">new study</a> suggests there&rsquo;s been a dramatic increase in plastic pollution off the coast of the Pacific Northwest over the past 40 years.</p><p>That&rsquo;s after analysis of trash ingested by seabirds in Washington and British Columbia.</p> Tue, 31 Jul 2012 14:40:46 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 5706 at http://www.kplu.org Rising rate of plastics ingested by birds off the coast of Washington Mutant two-headed trout spur scrutiny of mine pollution http://www.kplu.org/post/mutant-two-headed-trout-spur-scrutiny-mine-pollution <p>SODA SPRINGS, Idaho - Here&rsquo;s an image you usually don&rsquo;t see without the help of Photoshop: two-headed fish. Pictures of deformed baby trout with two heads show up in a study of creeks in a remote part of southeast Idaho.</p><p>The study examined the effects of a <a href="http://water.epa.gov/drink/contaminants/basicinformation/selenium.cfm">contaminant called selenium</a>. It comes from a nearby mine owned by the agribusiness giant, J.R. Simplot. Critics say the two-headed trout have implications beyond a couple of Idaho creeks.</p> Thu, 26 Apr 2012 17:41:19 +0000 Jessica Robinson 4861 at http://www.kplu.org Mutant two-headed trout spur scrutiny of mine pollution Ban on cruise ship discharges proposed for Washington waters http://www.kplu.org/post/ban-cruise-ship-discharges-proposed-washington-waters <p>Cruise ships are <a href="http://www.portseattle.org/Cruise/Pages/default.aspx">big business </a>for the Port of Seattle.</p><p>Last season, about 200 calls brought nearly 900,000 passengers and their wallets though the city. Projections for this season are about the same. Each call equates to about $1.9 million in local spending.</p><p>But that economic benefit comes with ecological risk.</p><p>Now the state&rsquo;s Department of Ecology is backing a proposed ban on cruise ship discharges while the vessels are in Washington waters.</p> Mon, 19 Mar 2012 18:18:53 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 4481 at http://www.kplu.org Ban on cruise ship discharges proposed for Washington waters Rainwater gardens preventing toxic runoff into Puget Sound http://www.kplu.org/post/rainwater-gardens-preventing-toxic-runoff-puget-sound <p>The forecast is for sunny skies this weekend and some of the warmest temps we&#39;ve seen all year.&nbsp;</p><p>But when it rains a lot &ndash; as it has been lately &ndash; the runoff from city streets and houses pours toxins straight into Puget Sound.&nbsp;</p><p>How homeowners can address that kind of water pollution is the subject of <a href="http://pugetsound.org/programs/education/runoff/pollution">a series of neighborhood tours put on throughout the region this summer</a>.&nbsp; The first one is <a href="http://pugetsound.org/programs/education/runoff/tours">this weekend in Seattle.</a></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 03 Jun 2011 21:04:38 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 1785 at http://www.kplu.org Rainwater gardens preventing toxic runoff into Puget Sound Marine “dead zones” detailed in interactive online map http://www.kplu.org/post/marine-%E2%80%9Cdead-zones%E2%80%9D-detailed-interactive-online-map <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-947308.mp3</p><p>Growing populations and increasing pollution are contributing to more and more “dead zones” in bays and oceans around the world.</p><p>Now there’s an interactive online map pinpointing more than 760 spots across the globe—including 22 in Washington – that either <em>are</em> dead zones or are in danger of becoming one.</p><p><strong>What’s a “dead zone?”</strong></p> Mon, 24 Jan 2011 20:03:37 +0000 Liam Moriarty 619 at http://www.kplu.org Marine “dead zones” detailed in interactive online map Stormwater runoff: A flood of crud http://www.kplu.org/post/stormwater-runoff-flood-crud <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-946671.mp3</p><p>We’re still dealing with landslides and flooding from the heavy rains brought by last week’s Pineapple Express storms. But the downpour also washed a flood of gunk and junk off of the region’s streets, sidewalks and parking lots, into more than 4,500 storm drains and right into Puget Sound.</p><p>Storm drains usually empty underwater, so nobody sees the flood of crud that pours into rivers and bays across the region.</p><p><strong>Well, almost no one ...</strong></p><p> Thu, 20 Jan 2011 15:27:33 +0000 Liam Moriarty 566 at http://www.kplu.org Stormwater runoff: A flood of crud