Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Sound decision

Seattle increases street cleaning to aid Puget Sound

Seattle Times

Seattle Times

Copper, zinc, phosphorous and other pollutants build up on Seattle’s streets before rain washes them into storm drains and waterways that lead to Puget Sound. During heavy rains, the sewer system fills up and the problem can worsen. As a solution, the city plans to double the coverage of its street-cleaning program, hoping to scour at least 40 additional tons of pollutants from roadways each year before they can reach the Sound.

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Dixie Drain project could improve health of river

Idaho Press-Tribune

In a field outside Notus, Idaho, a construction crew is spending the summer digging a trench that's 22 feet deep for the city of Boise. What's special about the trench is that it's part of the Dixie Drain Phosphorus Offset Project that officials believe will remove 50 more pounds of phosphorus from the river than required by upcoming federal requirements while saving the city money.

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OSU hits the water to advance aquatic research

The Oregonian

Oregon State University researchers dropped the area's final piece of the Ocean Observatories Initiative in the Pacific last week. The 10-year, $386 million effort is designed to measure physical, chemical, geological and biological ocean conditions. Findings are supposed to help scientists better understand environmental changes that can affect biodiversity, ecosystems and climate.

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