Wednesday, July 6, 2016

'Salmon-Safe' airport

Sea-Tac becomes first in U.S. to earn certification

Port Commissioner Courtney Gregoire and Stewardship Partners Executive Director David Burger celebrate Seatac's "salmon safe" certification on June 27, 2016. BELLAMY PAILTHORP

KPLU Seattle

KPLU Seattle

Sea-Tac International is the fastest growing airport in North America — and the first in the U. S. to receive certification as “Salmon Safe.” The designation recognizes work to improve water quality that goes above and beyond federal requirements. One of the main actions the airport has taken to earn the certification is directing all of its runoff through retention ponds or a treatment plant for filtration before it is released into local waterways.


Climate change driving algae blooms in Ore. lakes

The Bulletin

While most harmful algae blooms in Oregon are only a minor inconvenience, state and federal health and environmental authorities are concerned that climate change and runoff from agriculture and lawn fertilizer are driving an increase in the frequency and severity of blue-green algae blooms, putting people, pets and livestock at greater risk.


Scientists plant kelp as way to fight acidification

Associated Press

Submerged about 10 feet underwater in Washington's Hood Canal, bull kelp seedlings recently placed by scientists will eventually form thick ribbons of brown seaweed and in the process take up carbon dioxide and other nutrients. Researchers hope it could offer a local strategy to ease the effects of ocean acidification — when seas absorb carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere by human activity.

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