Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Wastewater power

Gresham, Ore., plant achieves net-zero-energy status

Gresham's wastewater treatment facility treats 13 million gallons of sewage each day before releasing clean water into the nearby Columbia River.

The Oregonian

WaterWorld

Last week, Gresham, Ore., celebrated achieving net-zero-energy status at its wastewater treatment plant — one of only a handful of facilities in the United States to achieve the rating. Serving as the Pacific Northwest's first net-zero-energy treatment plant, the utility produces about the same amount of electricity as it consumes in a year, saving tax dollars and protecting the environment.

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Inslee: Special session must address environment

Seattle Times

Citing last year’s record-setting wildfires, continuing drought conditions and ocean acidification, Washington Gov. Jav Inslee called for an upcoming special legislative session to address environmental issues. The governor also urged legislators to address oil-train safety and toxic chemicals in the special session.

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OSU professor honored for water negotiations

The Oregonian

An Oregon State University geoscientist who specializes in resolving complex international water conflicts will receive a $250,000 Heinz Award for Public Policy. Professor Aaron Wolf participated in talks resulting in the U.S.-Canada Columbia River Treaty and has helped broker agreements in Southeast Asia and Africa.

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