Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Cheers to reuse

Ore. allows home brewers to use recycled wastewater

Finalists in the Clean Water Services homebrew competition.



A wastewater treatment operator wants to give its recycled wastewater to a group of home brewers so they can turn it into beer. Last week, state environmental regulators approved the idea. The Oregon Environmental Quality Commission voted unanimously to allow the Hillsboro-based utility Clean Water Services to use recycled wastewater for brewing beer.


Drought declaration expands in Washington

KUOW Seattle

Washington Governor Jay Inslee significantly expanded a drought declaration due to dwindling snowpack. Meanwhile, Oregon's governor said she expects to declare drought emergencies in more counties. The expansion of the drought designation means close to half of the Evergreen State is now covered by a drought emergency.


Idaho stream recovers from mining damage


Once devoid of fish and most other aquatic life, Idaho’s Panther Creek has mostly recovered from years of mining-related pollution according to a study by scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey published in the journal Elementa. The complete study, “Recovery of a Mining-Damaged Stream Ecosystem” is available online.

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