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Articles tagged water pollution

Oct. 3, 2014, 3 p.m.

Stealing Fish To Study Seabirds

Seabirds in Puget Sound are eating fish that are two to four times more contaminated than fish on Washington's outer coast, according to a new study.

Sept. 17, 2014, 3:50 p.m.

Are Fido's Meds Polluting The Water?

Animal lovers are spending more on their pets than ever, and a lot of that money is going into vet care. But medications the vet prescribes for Fido’s health may be contaminating our watersheds.

Sept. 17, 2014, 1:51 p.m.

Study Links Flame Retardants In The Columbia To Household Laundry

A new study finds chemical flame retardants from household products are latching onto clothing and washing into the Columbia through laundry water.

Sept. 8, 2014, 4:47 p.m.

Seattle Area Leaders Announce Plans To Merge Duwamish River Clean Up Efforts

Seattle-area officials say they're merging their plans to clean up the watershed of the Duwamish and Green rivers. It stretches 93 miles, from the Cascade Mountains to Elliott Bay in downtown Seattle.

Sept. 8, 2014, 8:30 a.m.

Tribes Want EPA Involved In Washington Clean Water Rulemaking

An alliance of Washington tribes says it will ask the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to step in and come up with new water-quality rules for the state.

July 9, 2014, 1:45 p.m.

Washingtonians Could Safely Eat More Fish Under New Water Pollution Rules

Washington's water pollution standards would be made much tougher -- making water clean enough that people can safely eat a daily serving of locally caught fish and shellfish -- under a plan laid out by Gov. Jay Inslee.

April 16, 2014, 11:05 a.m.

Tribe Reopens Olympic Peninsula Lake After Pollution Concerns

The president of the Quinault Indian Nation says the tribe has decided to reopen Lake Quinault to nontribal use under new regulations.

March 10, 2014, 2 a.m.

Improving River Health With Natural Infrastructure And Incentives

For decades, the government has enforced regulations to protect and improve water quality. But what about rewarding people for voluntarily managing their land in ways that keep rivers cool and clean?

Jan. 31, 2014, 1:48 p.m.

Pot vs Fish: Can We Grow Salmon-Friendly Weed?

Over the decades, poorly-regulated fishing, grazing and logging have all taken their toll on salmon. Drought and ocean conditions likely related to climate change are making life hard, as well. And the latest threat? Cannabis cultivation.

Jan. 23, 2014, 7:47 a.m.

Industry Wants Idaho In Charge Of Water Pollution

Industry floated a multi-year proposal for Idaho to take over regulation of water pollution from the federal government by 2021.

Dec. 20, 2013, 10:17 a.m.

Federal Agencies Threaten Oregon's Coastal Waterways Protections

Federal environmental agencies announced Thursday they may reject Oregon’s approach to keeping coastal waterways clean.

Nov. 20, 2013, 11:30 a.m.

Group Sues Yacolt Mining Company Over Water Pollution

A Clark County environmental group has filed a lawsuit against a Yacolt mining operation, claiming years of pollution and violations of the federal Clean Water Act.

Nov. 7, 2013, 12:50 p.m.

Washington Considering New Fish Consumption Standards

The Washington State Department of Ecology is working to update the state’s fish consumption levels. Plans are to release a draft plan soon for public comment.

Nov. 6, 2013, 1:46 p.m.

Field Notes: Compiling A Video 'Water Handbook' For Idaho

Water is the lifeblood of the Northwest's most arid state. It's so important that there's now a video presentation, the "Idaho Water Handbook" that airs this week. Here's the story behind the handbook from Idaho Public TV's EarthFix producer.

Oct. 29, 2013, 5:19 p.m.

Russia's Stumble When It Goes For Olympic Green

Russia promised the greenest Olympics yet when it hosts next year's winter games. But the country is getting a public-relations black eye after revelations a state company has been dumping potentially contaminated construction waste from the site of the games in Sochi.

Sept. 24, 2013, 8:09 a.m.

Tests On Idaho River Reveal Challenge Of Cleaning Up Waterways

A river basin cleanup in north Idaho is showing just how difficult it is to remove long-term pollution from Northwest waterways.

Aug. 13, 2013, 1 a.m.

Clackamas River Collects Drinking Water And Pollutants

Studies by the U.S. Geological Survey have found 63 different pesticides and herbicides in the Clackamas River Basin. And testing shows some of those chemicals are winding up in the drinking water communities take from the river.

July 25, 2013, 7 a.m.

EPA Reverses Course, Nixes Idaho Water Pollution Rule

Idaho water quality regulators must go back to the drawing board after the federal Environmental Protection Agency rejected a rule that allowed some pollution to be discharged into state waterways without a review.

June 10, 2013, 7:12 p.m.

WA Gov. Inslee Wades Into Water-Pollution Regs

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee wades into the state water-pollution regulations that determine how much fish people can safely consume.

March 20, 2013, 3:46 p.m.

Q&A: What The Supreme Court Logging Roads Ruling Means

The U.S. Supreme Court Wednesday decided in favor of the timber industry in a case that challenged the regulation of muddy water that flows off logging roads. The case was originally filed in Oregon. Here’s a Q & A to sort out the case and what it means.

March 20, 2013, 8:37 a.m.

Supreme Court Rules Logging Roads Don't Violate Pollution Law

The Supreme Court on Wednesday sided with timber interests in a dispute over the regulation of runoff from logging roads in western forests.

Feb. 27, 2013, 1:52 p.m.

EPA's Pricetag For Duwamish Cleanup Exceeds $300M

The Environmental Protection Agency released its draft cleanup plan Wednesday for Seattle's Duwamish River Superfund site. It comes with a $305 million pricetag for Boeing, the Port of Seattle, and other parties responsible for the river's decades of pollution.

Jan. 31, 2013, 7:27 a.m.

How Much Fish You Eat Determines Water Quality In Idaho

How much fish do you eat every week? That’s a question Idaho’s Department of Environmental Quality wants to answer. The agency has asked state lawmakers for funding to study that question.

Dec. 3, 2012, 8:04 p.m.

EPA Rule On Logging Road Runoff Throws Curveball At Supreme Court

A last-minute rule change on logging-road pollution may have undercut a case from the Northwest just as it was argued Monday before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Oct. 18, 2012, 9:20 a.m.

Groups Threaten To Sue WA Farms Over Groundwater Pollution

Three public interest groups are threatening to sue some big Yakima Valley farms over massive groundwater contamination in that agricultural region.

Oct. 17, 2012, 5:26 p.m.

EarthFix Poll: Do NW Residents Care About Stormwater?

It's no secret that industrial discharges have been a big part of America's pollution problem. Do How much of our water pollution washes off roads, flows from roofs, and drips down driveways? Our pollsters put that question to to more than a thousand Oregonians, Idahoans and Washingtonians.

Oct. 11, 2012, 3:42 p.m.

U.S. Judge To Rule On Canadian Firm's Dumping In Columbia River

YAKIMA, Wash. – A case involving cross border pollution of the Columbia River rests in the hands of a federal judge. A Native American tribe and the state of Washington have sued to hold a Canadian mining giant responsible for smelter waste that washed downriver from British Columbia into Washington.

Oct. 3, 2012, 1 a.m.

One Man’s Crusade To Stop Water Pollution By Getting Sewage Testing Right

Peter Maier is waging a lonely campaign against the Environmental Protection Agency. He's zeroed in on a test the agency uses to determine how far plant operators must go to treat wastewater before returning it to America's rivers, lakes and bays.

Oct. 2, 2012, 1 a.m.

Cities And Towns Still Struggle To Control Sewage 40 Years After The Clean Water Act

A major goal of the 1972 Clean Water Act was to stop cities and towns from discharging raw sewage. The federal government gave communities billion of dollars to build wastewater treatment plants. But those early grants are gone and those plants have aged.

Sept. 7, 2012, 9:07 a.m.

Podcast: Listening to Orcas, Testing Puget Sound And Debating Gillnet Fishing

The EarthFix podcast takes a deep dive into the Northwest's Water World: recording orcas underwater, gillnet fishing for salmon in the Columbia River and a look at how Puget Sound is doing when it comes to water quality.

Aug. 10, 2012, 1 p.m.

Poll: Clean Air And Clean Water

How do you feel about the quality of air and water in the Northwest? EarthFix commissioned a survey this summer to find out what Northwest residents think. Take our reader poll -- we want to hear from you, too.

Aug. 9, 2012, 1 a.m.

Willamette Pollution Could Prompt Legal Action

A conservation group is threatening to sue two pulp mills in the Willamette Valley for allegedly violating the Clean Water Act. OPB’s Vince Patton was paddling with the Riverkeeper director when the water suddenly turned dark brown.

July 31, 2012, 6:36 p.m.

Portland Harbor Cleanup Dispute Centers On Fish Consumption

Environmental regulators are in a dispute with industrial landowners about how to measure the health risks of eating fish from the Portland Harbor.

July 31, 2012, 4:01 p.m.

Columbia Gorge Wake-Board Park Draws Environmentalists' Ire

Some environmentalists are trying to scuttle a wake-boarding park that a Portland developer wants to build on the Columbia River as part of a green construction project.

July 19, 2012, 1 a.m.

Polluted Waters: How Clean Is Clean?

The lower part of Seattle's Duwamish River was declared a Superfund site in 2001. That means the polluters have to work with the Environmental Protection Agency to clean it up. More than ten years later, the EPA and the polluters are close to proposing a clean up plan. But there’s still some debate about how clean this river should be.

July 18, 2012, 1 a.m.

Clean Water Act's Anti-Pollution Goals Prove Elusive

Forty years ago, Congress enacted the Clean Water Act to end pollution of our rivers, lakes, and bays. But today, in the Northwest and nationwide, most water bodies still don't qualify as clean and new threats to clean water are outpacing the act's enforcers.

July 6, 2012, 3:51 p.m.

New Tests Find Toxic Chemicals In Columbia River Fish

New tests show one of the most popular sport fish on Columbia also contain high contamination levels. Bass carry elevated quantities of a variety of toxic chemicals.

June 25, 2012, 8:22 a.m.

Supreme Court To Decide If Logging Road Runoff Is Pollution

The U.S. Supreme Court will take a Northwest case that questions whether muddy runoff from logging road should be considered pollution under the Clean Water Act.

May 18, 2012, 1:42 p.m.

Coast Guard Understated Fuel Aboard Derelict Ship

The U.S. Coast Guard inspected the derelict fishing vessel, Deep Sea, months before it caught fire and sank this week in Puget Sound, polluting waters used for raising shellfish. The Coast Guard, however, reported that the vessel contained "minimal fuel." That has not turned out to be the case.

May 14, 2012, 10:30 a.m.

Derelict Vessel Risks Shellfish Contamination

WHIDBEY ISLAND, Wash. — State officials have suspended mussel harvesting in Whidbey Island's Penn Cove until further notice after a 128-foot derelict fishing vessel anchored there burst into flames and sank over the weekend.

May 4, 2012, 4:36 p.m.

EPA Administrator Visits Portland Rain Garden

The administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, Lisa Jackson, was in Portland Friday. She stopped by a school in Northeast to congratulate students for turning a paved area outside the school into a “rain garden” to absorb and filter rainwater.

May 3, 2012, 5:23 p.m.

Idaho Conservationists Challenge EPA Discharge Permit for Boise

BOISE, Idaho — An environmental group's challenge to Boise's new wastewater discharge permits is complicating a pollution-trading proposal that federal regulators and Idaho leaders hope will eventually help other U.S. cities manage sewage and reduce farming's impact on water quality.

April 20, 2012, 1:19 p.m.

Two-Headed Trout Spur Scrutiny Of Mine Pollution

SODA SPRINGS, Idaho - Here’s an image you usually don’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.

April 20, 2012, 9:30 a.m.

Research: New Airborne Threat To Killer Whales

SEATTLE -- New research shows killer whales are inhaling bacteria, fungi and viruses once believed to be found only on land.

April 9, 2012, 4:09 p.m.

EPA Creates New Permit For Idaho Feedlots

BOISE, Idaho — The Environmental Protection Agency has drafted a new permit to regulate water runoff from some of Idaho's biggest cattle and dairy feedlot operations.

March 22, 2012, 8:11 a.m.

Court Decides Idaho Property Rights Case On Narrow Grounds

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that an Idaho couple can challenge a decision by federal regulators that their lot is in a protected wetland. The ruling was relatively narrow.

Dec. 19, 2011, 1 a.m.

EPA Selects Four Pacific Northwest Groups For Environmental Justice Grants

[Beyond Toxics]( ""), a Eugene, Ore., nonprofit, just received $25,000 to help people who live in the West Eugene Industrial Corridor cope with asthma and with the air pollution that wafts through their neighborhoods. It is one of four Northwest organizations awarded Environmental Justice Grants.

Dec. 6, 2011, 5 p.m.

Boise River Clean-Up Matches Idaho Residents' Clean-Water Priorities

BOISE, Idaho -- A century's worth of using the Boise River to churn up riches or transport waste has given way to a generation-long campaign to return it to pristine condition. And that effort seems right on track with Idahoans' priorities, according to the results of new survey released Wednesday by Boise State Public Radio, Idaho Public Television and other public media stations in the Northwest.

Nov. 18, 2011, 12:08 p.m.

Lutheran Retreat Struggles For Identity While Cleaning Up Mine Legacy

HOLDEN VILLAGE, Wash. – Cleaning up old mines is necessary but difficult work across the nation. That’s especially true in a remote valley in Washington’s Cascade Mountains. Tiny Holden Village is about to be flooded with hundreds of workers … there to clean up an old copper mine.

Oct. 27, 2011, 11:34 a.m.

Bald Eagle Eggs Show Dioxin Regulations Working

New research shows bald eagles on the Columbia River are benefiting from a regulation that removed toxins from paper mill wastewater in the 1990s.

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