Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015

Reality check

Oregon official says water perceptions need to change

OPB

Capital Press

Oregon has a public perception problem when it comes to water quality, said Richard Whitman, Gov. Kate Brown’s natural resources policy director. “The public perception out there is that water quality is bad and it is getting worse. That is not true,” Whitman said at the Oregon Forest Industries Council’s annual meeting. He said that a well-informed public can be part of the solution to Oregon's water challenges.

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Mussels to help track Puget Sound pollution

Bellingham Herald

Next week, cages of native Penn Cove mussels will go into 73 spots around Puget Sound and stay there until February. Their job is to help scientists find out what contaminants are washing from land into the sound during fall and winter, when Western Washington is wet. The bivalves also will show how well efforts to protect Puget Sound against stormwater pollution are working over time.

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Researcher: Treat Edmonton's sewage locally

Edmonton Journal

In new Edmonton suburbs, sewage should be used to create electricity and run mini-treatment plants, says a University of Alberta water researcher Nicholas Ashbolt. Ashbolt is calling for a major overhaul of the traditional centralized sanitary sewage systems. He is advocating for a smaller, neighborhood approach that avoids the cost of building more pipes to far-flung suburbs.

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