Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015

Water fight

Washington Gov. Inslee sounds off on EPA intervention

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee


The Herald

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee said he doesn’t want the federal government writing clean water rules for the state and will offer his own regulatory approach in the near future. But Inslee didn’t elaborate on what he might offer in the way of tougher standards for the discharge of pollutants into the state’s waterways. The EPA has proposed regulations that will be adopted after a period of public review, a process that could wrap up in less than a year.


UW researcher awarded $100,000 WERF grant


Last week at WEFTEC in Chicago, WERF awarded Dr. Mari Winkler of the University of Washington with the 2015 Paul L. Busch Award. With the $100,000 prize, Winker seeks to improve water reclamation. Winkler's proposed research applies what has been learned from certain marine microorganisms to a new process in wastewater treatment.


Oregon brewery is first in U.S. to go 'salmon-safe'

According to the Brewer’s Association, Oregon has the most breweries per capita in the United States. But it takes a lot of water to keep all those taps flowing: breweries typically use about four liters of fresh water for every liter of beer. Now a Portland brewery has become the first in the nation to be awarded a Salmon-Safe certification, thanks to their management of storm- and wastewater.

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