Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Carbon credits

Astoria, Ore., funds water line by limiting timber harvest

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Next City

The Oregon coastal city of Astoria finalized a deal agreeing to reduce the amount of timber harvested in the city-owned Bear Creek Watershed in exchange for carbon credits. The Climate Trust purchased the credits from the city, which will spend the revenue on the construction of a new water line and other capital improvement needs. Astoria could receive about $358,750 in carbon credits the first year, and about $130,000 annually for the next nine years.

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Seattle on road to cutting stormwater pollution

ForConstructionPros.com

Seattle Public Utilities is spearheading an initiative to significantly increase the city's street sweeping program this year to reduce stormwater runoff pollution into the Puget Sound. Seattle's current tab for street sweeping to reduce stormwater pollutants is $1 million. The planned expansion of the city's program will almost double that figure to $1.8 million.

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Teen has plan to turn wastewater into electricity

CBC News

A Vancouver high school student thinks he knows what to do with the wastewater that gets flushed down toilets and sent down sink drains every day in the Greater Vancouver Area. Austin Wang, who's won numerous science awards, came up with a way to genetically modify micro-organisms so that they could clean the wastewater and generate electricity at the same time.

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