Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015

Reuse dilemma

Rise of reclaimed water use may lower river flows

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With the Spokane River dropping to about 40 percent of normal this month, treated wastewater has emerged as an important source for sustaining summer flows. But under rules being developed in Washington, that water is about to get more valuable. The Department of Ecology is trying to encourage reusing wastewater for irrigation and other purposes. It’s a tricky scenario in the Spokane River basin and other places where effluent is augmenting river flows.


OSU study: Toxic algae an increasing health risk


A report co-written by Oregon State University scientists suggests that blooms of toxic cyanobacteria are a poorly monitored and underappreciated risk to recreational and drinking water quality in the United States, and may increasingly pose a global health threat. The researchers noted that problems with these toxins reach their peak during the heat of summer — as they are doing right now.


Washington proposes more regulations for dairies

Yakima Herald-Republic

Most dairies in Washington would be required to get a water quality permit under a proposal by the state Department of Ecology. That’s because for the first time, the agency proposes treating seepage from manure storage lagoons as pollution. The proposal has some in the agriculture industry wary of redundant regulations and increased costs, while environmental groups say that it doesn’t go far enough.

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