Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Running on fumes

Falling gas prices undercut Wash. toxic-waste cleanups

Collections under the Model Toxics Control Act are fueled by gas prices, and falling prices are forcing lawmakers to face hard decisions. ORIN ZEBEST


Investigate West

Swooning gas prices are creating a huge shortfall in Washington tax collections used to clean up hazardous waste and prevent pollution. The result of $2-a-gallon gas: a big slowdown in cleanups of stormwater, the pollution-laced runoff that is the biggest source of toxics in Puget Sound. A bill being considered by a Senate committee would boost the hazardous substances tax from 70 cents per $100 worth of chemicals imported to 90 cents per $100.


Grant pumps $3M into river restoration projects

South County Spotlight

A $3 million federal grant will help restore and improve parts of the Columbia River over the next five years. The USDA invested $20.2 million in Oregon to help fund seven conservation projects. A lower Columbia Watershed Partnership project, led by the Columbia Soil and Water Conservation District, aims to improve water quality through stream bank restoration projects.


Alberta invests $17M to improve flood protection

Global News

Alberta announced over $17 million in Community Resilience Grants for seven municipalities in. The grants will go to the protection of municipal water management infrastructure and improve stormwater drainage and retention. Approximately $4.3 million has been allocated for the construction of a dry pond that will provide active stormwater retention west of Coaldale, Alta.

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