Department of Ecology http://www.kplu.org en Calling Citizen Photographers: Help Researchers Visualize Future Sea Level Rise http://www.kplu.org/post/calling-citizen-photographers-help-researchers-visualize-future-sea-level-rise <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Researchers want you to grab the camera, head to the beach and capture this weekend's king tide.</span></p><p>The highest tides of the year are taking place, and the state is asking citizens to help document potential impacts of rising sea levels.&nbsp;</p><p> Sat, 04 Jan 2014 00:32:52 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 12262 at http://www.kplu.org Calling Citizen Photographers: Help Researchers Visualize Future Sea Level Rise Clean Water Suit Alleges State's Fish Consumption Rate Outdated http://www.kplu.org/post/clean-water-suit-alleges-states-fish-consumption-rate-outdated 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+0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 10412 at http://www.kplu.org Clean Water Suit Alleges State's Fish Consumption Rate Outdated Hearings Begin in Environmental Review of Longview Coal Terminal http://www.kplu.org/post/hearings-begin-environmental-review-longview-coal-terminal <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Scoping hearings begin tomorrow on </span><a href="http://www.ecy.wa.gov/geographic/millennium/" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">a proposed coal export terminal in Longview, </a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">near the Columbia River. &nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It’s one of two Washington terminals that would ship coal from the Powder River Basin in Montana and Wyoming to Asia.</span></p><p> Tue, 17 Sep 2013 00:02:28 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 10027 at http://www.kplu.org Hearings Begin in Environmental Review of Longview Coal Terminal State Promising Extensive Review for Proposed Coal Exports http://www.kplu.org/post/state-promising-extensive-review-proposed-coal-exports <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Environmentalists are applauding the state Department of Ecology, which announced it will conduct an</span><strong style="line-height: 1.5;"> </strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">extensive review of the proposed coal export terminal at Cherry Point near Bellingham.&nbsp;</span></p> Thu, 01 Aug 2013 19:40:25 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 9491 at http://www.kplu.org State Promising Extensive Review for Proposed Coal Exports 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 Sediment health declining in central Puget Sound http://www.kplu.org/post/sediment-health-declining-central-puget-sound <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Scientists examining the health of Puget Sound have uncovered a new mystery involving the very bottom of the food chain.</span></p><p>A <a href="https://fortress.wa.gov/ecy/publications/SummaryPages/1303021.html" target="_blank">new study</a> from the state Department of Ecology shows toxins in sediments have declined over the past decade.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">But it also found declining health of the creatures that live in the sediment.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Wed, 05 Jun 2013 12:01:00 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 8994 at http://www.kplu.org Sediment health declining in central Puget Sound 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, King County to spend $1.5 billion on wastewater upgrades http://www.kplu.org/post/seattle-king-county-spend-15-billion-wastewater-upgrades <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The city of Seattle and King County will spend $1.46 billion on upgrades to public sewer systems aimed at reducing the amount of polluted water entering the Puget Sound and other waterways, according to a federal settlement filed under the Clean Water Act.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Under the agreement, the city and county will also pay $750,000 in fines for dumping raw sewage into the Sound and several lakes.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Wed, 17 Apr 2013 20:35:09 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 8444 at http://www.kplu.org Seattle, King County to spend $1.5 billion on wastewater upgrades Lower Duwamish Waterway plan open for public comment http://www.kplu.org/post/lower-duwamish-waterway-plan-open-public-comment <p>Seattle’s Duwamish River was once a meandering estuary in the heart of the city. A century ago, it was transformed into an industrial waterway and used as a dumping ground for decades.</p><p>Now it’s<a href="http://yosemite.epa.gov/r10/cleanup.nsf/sites/lduwamish"> a Superfund site</a> – and the Environmental Protection Agency has released <a href="http://www.epa.gov/region10/pdf/sites/ldw/pp/ldw_pp_022513.pdf">a plan to clean it up</a>.</p> Mon, 11 Mar 2013 19:09:35 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 7940 at http://www.kplu.org Lower Duwamish Waterway plan open for public comment Sinking incident points to state’s struggle with derelict vessels http://www.kplu.org/post/sinking-incident-points-state-s-struggle-derelict-vessels <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Two derelict vessels are sinking in a bankrupt marina near Tacoma. Fire fighters have circled them with oil booms to contain any pollutants.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The incident is the latest in a series of stories that show the link between ecological health and the economy.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The two boats in question were chained together when one of them, the Helena Star, began to sink. The other, the Golden West, was listing badly when coast guard and firefighters got to the scene. </span></p> Fri, 25 Jan 2013 23:02:53 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 7647 at http://www.kplu.org Sinking incident points to state’s struggle with derelict vessels 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 Climate change could cost Wash. $10 billion a year; state crafting response http://www.kplu.org/post/climate-change-could-cost-wash-10-billion-year-state-crafting-response <p>Climate change is happening, and not preparing for it could cost the state $10 billion a year by 2020.</p><p>That&rsquo;s according to the Department of Ecology, which has just released <a href="http://www.ecy.wa.gov/climatechange/ipa_responsestrategy.htm">a response strategy </a>to changing climate conditions.</p><p> Wed, 04 Apr 2012 17:20:58 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 4647 at http://www.kplu.org Climate change could cost Wash. $10 billion a year; state crafting response Tougher rules for oil spill prevention - hearings underway http://www.kplu.org/post/tougher-rules-oil-spill-prevention-hearings-underway <p>Washington State already has some of the highest oil spill readiness standards in the country &ndash; if not in the world.</p><p>An <a href="http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/spills/rules/1106.html">update to those regulations</a> is raising that bar even higher.</p><p>The tightening is in response to the catastrophic BP oil spill nearly two years ago in the Gulf of Mexico.&nbsp;</p><blockquote><p>The new law places new requirements on oil companies operating in Puget Sound or on the Columbia River.</p></blockquote><p> Mon, 30 Jan 2012 20:44:41 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 3973 at http://www.kplu.org Tougher rules for oil spill prevention - hearings underway What's the best way to dispose of a Christmas tree? http://www.kplu.org/post/whats-best-way-dispose-christmas-tree <p>Statewide, recycling for Washington State has reached <a href="http://www.ecy.wa.gov/news/2011/354.html">the highest rates ever</a>. &nbsp;The biggest areas in which people are doing more are in reusing construction materials and composting food waste&hellip;and then there are those pesky Christmas trees.</p><p>Recycling rates have grown to 49% statewide &ndash; higher than ever.&nbsp;It&rsquo;s an increase of 14% more than the prior year.&nbsp;</p><p>But even though we&rsquo;ve all become great at composting, many people still aren&rsquo;t sure how to dispose of their Christmas trees.</p><p> Thu, 29 Dec 2011 12:33:33 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 3543 at http://www.kplu.org What's the best way to dispose of a Christmas tree?