Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016

Idaho takes charge

Senate panel approves water pollution permitting rules

An employee cleans algae off a primary clarifier at an old waste water treatment plant in Meridian.

Idaho Statesman

Idaho Statesman

The Senate Resources and Environment Committee approved rules to transfer permitting of water pollution from the federal government to Idaho. The committee approved the Idaho Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Program that would permit industries and municipalities that currently go to the U.S. EPA. The program is expected to cost $3 million for 29 full time employees the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality would hire to run the program.

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AWWA selects Oregon resident as next president

WaterWorld

The American Water Works Association Board of Directors elected Brenda Lennox of Beaverton, Ore., as the association's next president-elect. An AWWA member for 20 years, Lennox begins her role as president-elect in June 2016, at the conclusion of AWWA's Annual Conference and Exposition in Chicago. She will serve her one-year presidential term beginning in June 2017.

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Wash. launches next phase of shellfish initiative

Governor.wa.gov

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee launched Phase II of the Washington Shellfish Initiative, a collaborative partnership with federal, tribal, industry and non-profit partners aimed at protecting and enhancing unique shellfish resources that are at the heart of creating shellfish farming jobs, cleaning Washington’s waters and continuing traditions of eating shellfish from the state's shores.

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