Environment 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;Inslee’s proposal 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 Germany Provides Inspiration, Potential Market for Wash. Clean Tech Companies http://www.kplu.org/post/germany-provides-inspiration-potential-market-wash-clean-tech-companies <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/159313500&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> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 23:16:42 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 17810 at http://www.kplu.org Germany Provides Inspiration, Potential Market for Wash. Clean Tech Companies Report Shows Coal, Oil Trains Would Quadruple Rail Traffic, Alarming Lawmakers http://www.kplu.org/post/report-shows-coal-oil-trains-would-quadruple-rail-traffic-alarming-lawmakers <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/158980956&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>Lawmakers are expressing concerns over an updated report outlining the combined impacts of coal and oil trains that would roll through the Northwest if plans for export terminals move forward.</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 17:33:57 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 17744 at http://www.kplu.org Report Shows Coal, Oil Trains Would Quadruple Rail Traffic, Alarming Lawmakers Feds To Remove Fewer Wild Horses From Western Rangelands This Year http://www.kplu.org/post/feds-remove-fewer-wild-horses-western-rangelands-year <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/158825086&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>The federal Bureau of Land Management plans to capture and remove fewer wild horses from Western rangelands this summer. An agency statement blames budget constraints and already-full holding pens.</p><p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 17:00:16 +0000 Tom Banse 17728 at http://www.kplu.org Feds To Remove Fewer Wild Horses From Western Rangelands This Year As Temps Rise, Invasive Weed Prompts Closure Of Several Bellevue Beaches http://www.kplu.org/post/temps-rise-invasive-weed-prompts-closure-several-bellevue-beaches <p>As temperatures hike into the high 80s this week, many will be flocking to beaches to cool down. But some swimming areas in Bellevue will be temporarily shutting down this week, specifically Bellevue’s Newcastle, Meydenbauer and Clyde beach parks.</p><p>The culprit for the closures is milfoil, an invasive weed that the state Department of Ecology views as the most problematic plant in Washington. The city of Bellevue and homeowners will be applying herbicide to shoreline areas adjacent to the three beach parks to control invasive milfoil blooms.</p><p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 06:26:08 +0000 Alison Marcotte 17720 at http://www.kplu.org As Temps Rise, Invasive Weed Prompts Closure Of Several Bellevue Beaches Inslee Proposes Higher Fish Consumption Rate As Part Of New Clean Water Plan http://www.kplu.org/post/inslee-proposes-higher-fish-consumption-rate-part-new-clean-water-plan <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/158066824&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>Gov. Jay Inslee has proposed dramatically increasing the fish consumption rate that drives clean water standards in the state.</p><p>Inslee said Wednesday he plans to set the fish consumption rate at 175 grams a day, which would protect people who eat about a serving a day of fish. Current water quality standards assume only one serving of fish per month, or 6.5 grams a day.</p><p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 20:12:01 +0000 Monica Spain & Associated Press 17650 at http://www.kplu.org Inslee Proposes Higher Fish Consumption Rate As Part Of New Clean Water Plan UW Study: Urban Fumes Cause Pollinating Moths To Fly Like 'Stumbling Drunks' http://www.kplu.org/post/uw-study-urban-fumes-cause-pollinating-moths-fly-stumbling-drunks <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/157208470&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>As much as one-third of our food supply depends on pollinators like insects and birds that fertilize plants when they fly between blossoms.</p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 17580 at http://www.kplu.org UW Study: Urban Fumes Cause Pollinating Moths To Fly Like 'Stumbling Drunks' Farmers Object To EPA's Proposed Changes To Clean Water Act http://www.kplu.org/post/farmers-object-epas-proposed-changes-clean-water-act <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/157173284&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>Farmers across the country are riled up over the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s <a href="http://www2.epa.gov/uswaters" target="_blank">plan to revise the 1972 Clean Water Act</a>.</p><p>Depending on who you talk to, these revisions are either a “land grab” under the “brute force” of the federal government or a simple clarification of rules that ensure all Americans have clean water to drink.</p><p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 20:39:17 +0000 Chris Lehman 17569 at http://www.kplu.org Farmers Object To EPA's Proposed Changes To Clean Water Act This Is What Puget Sound Orcas Sound Like When They Talk To Each Other http://www.kplu.org/post/what-puget-sound-orcas-sound-when-they-talk-each-other <p>Ever hear an orca speak?&nbsp;<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 22px;">Ken Balcomb, who many regard as the godfather of whale&nbsp;conservation, captured their chatter using a hydrophone on San Juan Island:&nbsp;</span></p><p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 19:10:33 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 17421 at http://www.kplu.org This Is What Puget Sound Orcas Sound Like When They Talk To Each Other Decade Of Research Reveals Iconic Orcas' Struggle http://www.kplu.org/post/decade-research-reveals-iconic-orcas-struggle <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; line-height: 15px;">Scientists studying southern resident killer whales for the past decade now know they are among the most contaminated marine mammals and prefer to eat Chinook salmon.</p><p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 18:01:00 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp & Associated Press 17387 at http://www.kplu.org Decade Of Research Reveals Iconic Orcas' Struggle Snohomish County Weighs Options To Tighten Land Use In Slide-Prone Areas http://www.kplu.org/post/snohomish-county-weighs-options-tighten-land-use-slide-prone-areas <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/155891854&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><p>Three months after a deadly landslide hit the town of Oso, Washington, Snohomish County is again looking at options to tighten land-use policy in slide-prone areas.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 11:59:00 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 17374 at http://www.kplu.org Snohomish County Weighs Options To Tighten Land Use In Slide-Prone Areas Expo Showcases Wash. State Companies' Budding Clean Tech Economy http://www.kplu.org/post/expo-showcases-wash-state-companies-budding-clean-tech-economy <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/155747071&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><p>A cornerstone of Gov. Jay Inslee’s election campaign was the promise of new jobs in clean technology.</p><p>But how healthy is the sector in Washington and what’s still holding it back? Hard data on those questions is yet to come, but a visit to the state's inaugural <a href="http://wacleantech.org/events-2/cleantech-showcase/" target="_blank">Clean Technology Showcase</a> provided some answers.</p><p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 17338 at http://www.kplu.org Expo Showcases Wash. State Companies' Budding Clean Tech Economy Researchers To Take 'CAT Scan' Of Plumbing Deep Inside Mount St. Helens' Gut http://www.kplu.org/post/researchers-take-cat-scan-plumbing-deep-inside-mount-st-helens-gut <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/155276730&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><p>A group of Northwest scientists are sprinkling the landscape around Mount St. Helens with high-tech sensors as part of a new effort to map the volcano’s deep plumbing.</p><p>Scientists have a pretty good understanding of what’s happening right under the mountain, where a big chamber periodically fills up with magma before an eruption. Now they’re looking deeper — down dozens of miles —&nbsp;to the tubes and tunnels that feed that chamber.</p><p> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 17300 at http://www.kplu.org Researchers To Take 'CAT Scan' Of Plumbing Deep Inside Mount St. Helens' Gut 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 Weyerhaeuser Charging Big Bucks For Access To Big Bucks, Outdoor Fun http://www.kplu.org/post/weyerhaeuser-charging-big-bucks-access-big-bucks-outdoor-fun <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/154644054&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><p>Timber giant Weyerhaeuser is joining the pay-to-play and pay-to-hunt trend. This week, the largest private forestland owner in Washington and Oregon will begin selling seasonal access permits to hunters, horse riders, hikers and other recreators.</p><p>The Washington state-based company is not the first to charge access fees. But the breadth and high prices it will charge are generating more push back than before.</p><p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 18:59:30 +0000 Tom Banse 17176 at http://www.kplu.org Weyerhaeuser Charging Big Bucks For Access To Big Bucks, Outdoor Fun