Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014

Drugs in water

B.C. looks to remove traces of pharmaceuticals

Studies of municipal wastewater consistently turn up trace amounts of over-the-counter and prescription medications.  WLADIMIR BULGAR

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Vancouver Sun

The District of Sechelt, B.C., is pursuing a unique pilot project that will use recovered sewage solids to remove traces of pharmaceutical drugs, recreational drugs and hormones from post-treatment wastewater. Such a system could be used to treat the province’s wastewater before it is discharged into surface water systems.

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Wash. changing watershed evaluation process

Capital Press

The Washington Department of Ecology is changing the way it evaluates farming operations for potential pollution. Under the changes, letters from the department to producers would include specific information about observed pollution problems, an offer for farmers to access documentation related to their operation and a clear timeline for producers to contact the agency.

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Scientists solve mystery of starfish die-off

Oregon Public Broadcasting

Scientists have identified the pathogen at the heart of the disease that’s been killing starfish along the Pacific coast. It’s a virus that’s different from all other known viruses infecting marine organisms.

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