Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015

'Plastic crisis'

Study urges microbeads ban to protect water quality


Oregon State University

An outright ban on the common use of plastic microbeads from products that enter wastewater is the best way to protect water quality, wildlife, and resources used by people, a group of conservation scientists suggest in a new analysis co-authored by an Oregon State University researcher. Even though microbeads are just one part of the larger concern about plastic debris that end up in oceans and other aquatic habitat, they are also one of the most controllable.


Congressmen propose bill to protect Puget Sound

KING5 Seattle

Washington state Congressmen Derek Kilmer and Denny Heck announced their plan to present a new bill to Congress, called PUGET SOS. The bill would define Puget Sound as a nationally significant body of water under the Clean Water Act, create a Puget Sound Recovery Program Office in the EPA and protect the future of tribal treaty fishing rights.


Oregon facing an uncertain drought recovery

Capital Press

Water levels in reservoirs across Oregon are two-thirds below average as summer ends, but autumn and winter weather may not offer much help, experts say. Mountain snowpacks that provide irrigation water and replenish reservoirs are facing another tough year as the “El Nino” atmospheric pattern bodes for warmer winter weather.

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