Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Rule challenge

Water quality standards subject of debate in Wash.

Dept. of Ecology

The Daily News

A fish consumption rule may once again be open for debate in Washington. A coalition of industry groups has petitioned the EPA to reconsider its water quality standards and instead adopt less stringent standards proposed by the state. The revised standards apply to anyone who deals with treated wastewater, including factories and municipal wastewater treatment plants. Industry groups argue that new water rules are unrealistic.

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OSU: Low snowpack, rising temperatures linked

Oregon State University

Oregon experienced very low snowpack levels in 2014 and historically low snowpack levels in 2015; now a new study suggests that these occurrences may not be anomalous in the future and could become much more common if average temperatures warm just two degrees. The low snowpack levels were linked to warmer temperatures and not a lack of precipitation, the researchers say.

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Lawsuit seeks to keep rivers cool for salmon

Oregon Public Broadcasting

A lawsuit filed by salmon advocates aims to reverse a trend of high summer water temperatures on the Snake and Columbia Rivers. The groups are asking the U.S. district court in Seattle to compel the EPA to issue a warm water pollution standard for the rivers. The Total Maximum Daily Load sets limits on how high the water temperature can rise and still meet water quality requirements.

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