Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017

Put to the test

Washington farmers hire lab to pinpoint fecal pollution

A northwest Washington farmer works on a field at a dairy near Scott Ditch in Whatcom County. Farmer-led watershed improvement districts have hired a microbiologist to test water and pinpont the sources of bacteria polluting downstream shellfish beds.  JAYSON KORTHIUS


Capital Press

Six farmer-led watershed improvement districts in dairy-rich Whatcom County, Wash., have hired a lab to conduct unprecedented research to pinpoint who or what is to blame for fecal pollution fouling downstream shellfish beds. The question is fraught with legal and political implications for dairies, which have been subjected to increased regulations and threats of lawsuits, but note other sources of fecal matter, such as waterfowl that use their fields.


Portland moves forward with water filtration plant

Oregon Public Broadcasting

Portland City Council voted unanimously on a resolution to move toward building a water filtration plant that could cost the city up to $500 million. It would be used to treat the city’s drinking water for the parasite cryptosporidium. The next 60 days will be used to map out a plan for how to move forward with citizen oversight committees for the plant. ► 8 things to know


How hot will the Northwest get in the future?

Seattle Times

As an apocalyptic haze blanketed Seattle last week, temperatures soared into the 90s and left Seattleites ruing their lack of air conditioning. Welcome to the future? Scientists project climate change will exacerbate wildfire activity. Extremely hot days — 95 degrees and above — are expected to become more common. How hot will it get?