Wednesday, July 27, 2016

'No discharge zone'

Washington seeks federal Puget Sound protections

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KPLU Seattle

Boats will soon be forbidden from releasing sewage anywhere in Puget Sound if the Washington Department of Ecology has its way. The agency is seeking federal protection, asking the EPA to declare the Sound a “no discharge zone” for vessel sewage. Under current law, boaters are allowed to dump untreated wastewater three miles from shore. They can dump minimally-treated sewage anywhere in the Sound.

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Idaho officials propose aquifer management plan

Associated Press

The water levels of eastern Idaho’s massive aquifer continue to plummet. To combat the troubling trend, state officials have proposed setting up an East Snake Plain Aquifer groundwater management area. The goal is to formulate a plan where farmers and other groundwater users within an expanded boundary line would be subject to limitations on how much they consume.

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Trees' surprising role in water cycle quantified

Science Daily

Approximately 25 to 50 percent of a living tree is made up of water, depending on the species and time of year. The water stored in trees has previously been considered just a minor part of the water cycle, but a new study by University of Alaska Fairbanks scientists shows otherwise.

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