Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016

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Water quality, fish consumption rule faces uncertainty

Dept. of Ecology

Skagit Valley Herald

As the U.S. EPA reviews Washington's recently adopted water quality and fish consumption rule, those affected by the final ruling face uncertainty over how to meet lower limits for a variety of pollutants. Some of the state's treatment staff say they’re not yet sure how a new rule will affect them and their customers. Since a new rule would include limits for more chemicals, treatment facilities may need to upgrade their equipment so they can meet the new standards.

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Alberta flood spurs $77M water research program

Calgary Herald

Southern Alberta’s devastating 2013 flood has prompted researchers to launch the largest university-led water project in the world. Last week, the federal government announced the Global Water Futures: Solutions to Water Threats in an Era of Global Climate Change initiative. It will be funded with a $77.8 million grant to the University of Saskatchewan.

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Wash. county touts 'dramatic' water improvement

Skagit Valley Herald

With less fecal coliform bacteria found this year at the Bay View State Park beach, Skagit County, Wash., staff say their efforts to find and fix sources of pollution are working. County staff are saying the “dramatic water quality improvement” is thanks to a pollution identification and correction program used in the Bay View area over the past year.

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