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Puget Sound revitalization pursued by citizens, WSU Extension

puget sound partnership logo kayakIt 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. » More …

Nov. 3: Free talk about urban redesign, water management

peg-staeheliPULLMAN, Wash. – Seattle landscape architect Peg Staeheli will discuss her projects to retrofit urban areas for livability and sustainability – in particular water use and stormwater implications – at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3, in Goertzen Hall 21. » More …

Grant brings science of stormwater pollution to businesses

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

stormwater-logo-80pPUYALLUP, Wash. – Businesses in the Puget Sound watershed must navigate a complex series of stormwater runoff regulations and permits. But business owners often don’t understand why those regulations exist. » More …

WSU studies pollution potential of industrial nanomaterials

By Michelle Fredrickson, Voiland College of Engineering & Architecture

chowdhuryPULLMAN, Wash. – Nanoscale materials are helping provide new and better products for society, but researchers know little about what happens when these materials break down in the environment. » More …

Sept. 22-24: Public invited to help plan for sea level rise

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

hope-hui-risingSEATTLE – Community workshops to design a “blue greenway” to help the South Park and Georgetown neighborhoods adapt to rising tides associated with climate change will be held Sept. 22-24 at Seattle Community College’s Georgetown campus in C222. » More …

Saving salmon in the wild – is chum the king?

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Chum salmon spawning. (Photo by Thomas Kline, Salmonography)

By Linda Weiford, WSU News

PUYALLUP, Wash. – Chum rule. In the same toxic stormwater brew that killed coho salmon in less than three hours, their chum cousins did just fine. » 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 …

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 …