Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015

Toxic runoff

Study finds stormwater can kill coho salmon in hours

A three-year-old adult coho makes its way through the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery.  MIKE SIEGEL

Seattle Times

Seattle Times

A new study shows that stormwater runoff from urban roadways is so toxic to coho salmon that it can kill adult fish in as little as 2½ hours. But the research by Seattle scientists also points to a relatively easy fix: Filtration through a simple, soil-based system. “It’s basically … letting the Earth do what it does so well, what it has done for eons: cleaning things up,” said Julann Spromberg, a toxicologist for NOAA and co-author of the study.

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Washington's chemical hunt won’t target ag

Capital Press

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee’s renewed push to scrub toxics from waterways won’t affect agriculture because farm chemicals already are regulated by federal law, state officials say. Inslee said his administration will target chemicals in everyday products, such as brake pads and furniture. The state will develop “chemical action plans” to identify and reduce unregulated pollution sources, he said.

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Oregon beach bacteria thresholds may tighten

Mail Tribune

Beach waders, surfers and scuba divers could see a spike in advisories against water contact along Oregon beaches under more stringent criteria for bacteria in beach water proposed for 2017.
To meet new federal standards, the Oregon Beach Monitoring Program has proposed a more than 50 percent drop in the bacteria thresholds for the voluntary advisories in selected locations.

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