non-point source pollution http://www.kplu.org en 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 Washington beaches mostly safe, but 3 get failing grades http://www.kplu.org/post/washington-beaches-mostly-safe-3-get-failing-grades <p>Thinking of heading for the beach this weekend?&nbsp; You’re mostly safe.</p> Fri, 31 Aug 2012 23:09:20 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 6170 at http://www.kplu.org Washington beaches mostly safe, but 3 get failing grades Water quality improving for Puget Sound shellfish http://www.kplu.org/post/water-quality-improving-puget-sound-shellfish <p>Good news for those who love local oysters and clams: the state<a href="http://www.doh.wa.gov/Home.aspx"> Department of Health</a> says there&rsquo;s been a steady improvement in water quality for nearly a decade, leading to fewer closures of shellfish beds in Puget Sound.</p><p>The key measure is of fecal coliform bacteria, which lives in human and animal waste. Runoff from farms and leaky sewage systems carries the bacteria and contaminates shellfish beds. People who eat the polluted shellfish can get sick.</p> Thu, 21 Jun 2012 23:33:14 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 5370 at http://www.kplu.org Water quality improving for Puget Sound shellfish 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