WSU News Sustainability

Human activities harm water quality, raise treatment costs

By Eric Sorensen, WSU science writer

Julie-PadowskiPULLMAN, Wash. – Julie Padowski, clinical assistant professor at Washington State University, has found that the loss of land cover around cities has increased pollution and raised the cost of water treatment. » More …

Importing frozen honey bee sperm is key to conservation

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By Scott Weybright, College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences

PULLMAN, Wash. – Going through customs can be frustrating for travelers. Imagine going through with a container of frozen bee sperm. » More …

July 28: Field day shares research at WSU Organic Farm

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By Seth Truscott, College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences

PULLMAN, Wash. – A free, public field day at Washington State University’s Eggert Family Organic Farm will start at 8 a.m. Thursday, July 28. It will demonstrate how research is hitting its stride in the farm’s second year at its new location. » More …

Extension helps new beekeepers care for vital pollinators

By Seth Truscott, College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences

SPOKANE, Wash. – Apprentice beekeeper Bethe Bowman never thought she would care so deeply about the humble honey bee. Taking beekeeping classes through Washington State University Extension, she installed two buzzing backyard hives, each containing roughly 30,000 bees, this spring. » More …

How does your rain garden grow? Best plants for Northwest

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By Linda Weiford, WSU News

PUYALLUP, Wash. – Leave it to Northwesterners to brandish garden gloves and trowels in their attack against water pollution. » More …

June 25: Interactive garden day at WSU Tri-Cities

native-plantsRICHLAND, Wash. – Community members are invited to attend a free, interactive garden day fit for the whole family 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, June 25, in the garden below the Wine Science Center at Washington State University Tri-Cities, 359 University Dr., Richland. » More …

Green blacktop fights polluted water runoff

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WSU environmental toxicologist John Stark stands on the rebuilt parking lot that, in essence, drinks polluted rain runoff. The wetland is behind him.

By Linda Weiford, WSU News

PUYALLUP, Wash. – To save paradise, John Stark paved a parking lot. Next he hopes to do it to a highway. » More …

Workshops to discuss Columbia Basin water forecast

By Seth Truscott, College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences

Below-Wanapum-Dam-webPULLMAN, Wash. – Changing climate will affect availability and demand for water in Washington’s Columbia River Basin and influence how water will be managed over the next 20 years, according to a new report being prepared for the Washington Department of Ecology’s Office of Columbia River. » More …

June 9: WSU field day presents anaerobic digestion systems

By Sylvia Kantor, College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences

Edaleen-Cow-Power-LLC-2-webLYNDEN, Wash. – Anaerobic digestion and nutrient recovery technologies will be discussed at the free Washington State University Anaerobic Digestion Systems Field Day on Thursday, June 9, on two Whatcom County farms near Lynden, Wash. » More …

Students compete in alternative energy challenge

By Tina Hilding, Voiland College of Engineering & Architecture

im-tomm-headPULLMAN, Wash. – More than 500 students from 40 schools in Washington and Idaho will compete at Washington State University Saturday for up to $100,000 in cash prizes in the Alaska Airlines’ Imagine Tomorrow competition. » More …