Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016

No-discharge zone

Rule proposes end to sewage dumping in Puget Sound

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Seattle Times

Puget Sound would no longer be a toilet for vessels dumping raw or partially treated sewage overboard under a regulation proposed by the Washington Department of Ecology. The new rule would require any vessel with a permanent toilet aboard to store waste until it could be pumped out ashore, instead of dumping it overboard. Sewage dumped at the surface of the water can be a heavy hit of pollution to shellfish harvest, swimmers and marine life.

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Idaho sets up new groundwater management area

Capital Press

The Idaho Department of Water Resources has established a groundwater management area for the Eastern Snake Plain, expanding the territory where irrigators will be asked to help stabilize the declining aquifer. The IDWR will soon create an advisory committee that will work during the next couple of years to help draft a groundwater management plan to govern the area.

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A future with fuel from sewage closer to reality

Science Daily

It may sound like science fiction, but wastewater treatment plants may one day turn ordinary sewage into biocrude oil, thanks to new research at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. The technology, hydrothermal liquefaction, uses high pressure and temperature to achieve in minutes something that takes Mother Nature millions of years.

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