Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015

New plans unveiled

Washington ups rate of fish consumption in water rule

Some salmon steaks. Genetically modified salmon drew closer to FDA approval with publication last week of a long-awaited assessment of environmental effects of the fish.  BEATRICE DE GEA

Los Angeles Times

Yakima Herald-Republic

New plans were announced Monday in Washington for water quality standards intended to better protect the health of people who eat lots of locally caught fish. As a complement to the new pollution rules proposed by the Department of Ecology, Gov. Jay Inslee is pushing for a new program to reduce the use of some unregulated toxic chemicals.

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Low snowpack raises Wash. water-supply fears

Seattle Times

A severe lack of snow in Washington’s mountains could signal trouble for the state’s water supply later this year, according to specialists who have been monitoring the mountain snowpack. Though the numbers are low, those monitoring the snowpack aren’t worried just yet.

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Ore. algae blooms might have built-in advantage

The Oregonian

The toxic algae that often leaves Oregon water bodies off-limits for recreation might have an unfair advantage. A new study shows blue-green algae is able to manipulate natural chemical cycles to make conditions more favorable for its own growth.

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