From cities to rural and wild areas, Kevan Moffett wants to better understand the role of water on the planet.
By Eric Sorensen, WSU News
VANCOUVER, Wash. – Washington State University researchers have found that salmon face a double whammy when they swim in the stormwater runoff of urban roadways.
It is estimated that 75 percent of contamination in the Puget Sound is unwittingly produced by citizens — via commercial wastewater, sewage treatment plants, stormwater runoff from roads and paved surfaces, construction and other activities.
PUYALLUP – The City of Puyallup in partnership with WSU Puyallup Research and Extension Center has been awarded a $1 million grant to retrofit the WSU Puyallup campus to significantly reduce stormwater runoff. Stormwater runoff is a major source of pollutants in salmon-bearing waterways and ultimately in Puget Sound.
The project will employ “green” development practices including installation of permeable paving surfaces and stormwater bioretention facilities. The grant was awarded by the Washington State Department of Ecology and supported by the Puyallup Tribe. WSU will provide matching funds.
The retrofit project includes a significant research and monitoring component to measure the effectiveness of various low … » More …