Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015

New life for lagoons

Ore. property redeveloped for wildlife, water treatment

 In the early morning light Fernhill Wetland is a wonderful place to walk, to listen to the sounds, and to see the animals. Many different types of marsh birds, nesting birds, migrating shorebirds and ground-based waterbirds can be seen off the trails that lead around the water. BENJAMIN BRINK

The Oregonian

The Oregonian

The Fernhill Wetlands trails in Oregon, which have been closed for construction since last spring, reopened on Monday. The 90-acre area was closed while man-made lagoons — once used to hold sewage — were reshaped and replanted with native species. The property will also function as a natural filtration and cooling area for treated water that's returned to the Tualatin River.

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Feds reject Oregon's coastal pollution plan

The Oregonian

Federal regulators have ruled Oregon's plan for reducing coastal pollution due to runoff from logging, agriculture, stormwater runoff and other sources insufficient. The decision by the NOAA and the EPA could include financial sanctions of $1.2 million for Oregon's failure to comply with the Coastal Nonpoint Pollution Program.

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Scientists question proposed microbead ban

Bellingham Herald

Two scientists said that legislation in Washington state to phase out products made with plastic microbeads wouldn’t actually reduce water pollution if the plan only requires companies to substitute beads made of biodegradable plastic. House Bill 1378 would ban personal care products containing the plastic particles by 2020.

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