Washington to enhance oil transportation safety

Two new rules aimed at enhancing the safety of transporting oil through the state are open for comment through the Washington Department of Ecology.
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The sound of clean water

It's easy to forget that when we talk about Puget Sound, we don't just mean the salty areas. Puget Sound is the sum of the water that flows into it. The cleaner the land and its thousands of streams and wetlands, the cleaner the Sound. It's that simple.

Environmental cleanup proposed for Green Lake site

Cleanup work could be begin as soon as this spring on a contaminated site near Green Lake in Seattle under a proposed legal agreement between the Washington Department of Ecology and the property owner.

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More time to comment on Okanogan shoreline plan

Citizens in Okanogan County have an additional 30 days to comment on the plan for how to manage shorelines within the county.

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Irrigation district near Walla Walla settles illegal water use violation

The Touchet Eastside Westside Irrigation District agreed to pay a reduced fine over violations for illegally using water intended to protect fish.

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Contractor fined for construction runoff along I-205

A general contractor has been fined $33,000 by the state Department of Ecology for violating its construction stormwater permit, allowing muddy runoff to leave a transportation project along Interstate 205 and flow into Burnt Bridge Creek, a fish-bearing stream that already suffers from pollution.

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A paradigm shift for shoreline armoring

A long war may be turning. For more than a hundred years, Puget Sound shoreline residents have been in a battle with a perceived enemy. 

Study will probe old contamination plumes beneath UW Tacoma’s current campus

A legacy of industrial use left several plumes of groundwater contamination under what is now the University of Washington Tacoma campus. A proposed investigation and study will focus on what’s needed to clean up that contamination.

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State projects spotlighted at White House Water Summit

Two projects that promote long-term water security in the state of Washington are being highlighted today during the White House Water Summit in conjunction with United Nations World Water Day.

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Shining a spotlight on seafloor creatures

We are pleased to include a number of new species accounts from the Washington State Department of Ecology's blog EcoConnect. Ecology has been shining a spotlight on some of the unsung creatures living in the sediment of Puget Sound's seafloor. These fascinating accounts will be of interest to readers of all backgrounds, and feature gorgeous photos of rarely seen and seldom-studied species.

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