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Study finds plutonium escaping through groundwater particles
October 26, 2006

PULLMAN – Efforts to design nuclear waste facilities should take into account the tendency of plutonium to attach itself to tiny particles called colloids that are suspended in the groundwater, according to a new study by an international research team that included Washington State University chemist Sue Clark and scientists from Moscow (Russia) State University, the University of Michigan and Cameca in France.Working on samples from a highly-contaminated site in Russia, the researchers found that plutonium that leached into groundwater over the past 55 years can be detected more than a mile and a half from the site, and that at distances of a mile … » More …

Divers plunge into cleaning project at WSU reservoir
May 4, 2006

(Photos by Bob Hubner, WSU Photo Services, and Robert Frank)Okay, it’s been 30-59 years and the dust is about 16-17 inches deep. It’s time to clean.Trouble is, the room is 114 X 114 feet in size and the dust has settled underwater, so divers are needed.(Photo: Richard Peterson shows diving helmet equipped with lights and cameras.)Obviously, we’re not talking about your everyday get-out-the-Hoover-and-vacuum project. We’re talking about cleaning Washington State University’s east water reservoir. Located adjacent to the Jewett Observatory, the 21-foot-deep reservoir has an estimated 2,041,553-gallon capacity. The reservoir isn’t completely full, so the silt is under about 13-15 feet of water.To tackle the … » More …

Education as transformation
April 14, 2006

While many students enter college wondering “What’s in it for me?” WSU’s “Self in Society” learning goal challenges faculty members to send students out into the world with a different question to ponder: “How can I contribute?” The tough question is, “What does that look like when it comes to curriculum?” In Rick Gill’s Environmental Science 101 class, students chart their water usage for three weeks. Students in Lisa Carloye’s ntomology 401 class write critically informed position papers exploring the multifaceted context of current socially scientific debates, such as stem-cell research. And in March Denny Davis and four of his students in bioengineering spent two … » More …

Water: Oil of the Future?
March 17, 2006

“Water: Oil of the Future?” is the topic of the annual Lanning Lecture by James H. Clark at 3:10 p.m. Thursday, March 23, in Carpenter 102. Sponsored by the College of Engineering and Architecture, the lecture is funded by alumnus Jack Dillon in honor of his late wife, Frances Lanning Dillon.Clark is the Los Angeles-based vice president and project director of the engineering/construction firm Black & Veatch Corporation. He has managed numerous environmental and water-quality improvement projects, including the City of Los Angeles Hyperion Treatment Plant, named by the American Public Works Association as one of the 10 most outstanding public works of the 20th … » More …

Speaker to discuss int’l sustainable development
March 2, 2006

The regional director for Church World Service will speak at WSU on March 7. The presentation’s goal is to raise awareness about international sustainable development.Lynn Magnuson, who has over 25 years of experience working with ecumenical-interfaith groups, will specifically address global poverty, HIV/AIDS, clean water, fair trade and peace-building.The presentation will take place at 7 p.m. in Compton Union Building room 212 and will include a question-and-answer session. The event will be hosted by Global Perspectives and is free and open to the public.

Extension program looks at threat to water
September 30, 2005

The number one water quality problem in the nation is the billions of gallons of untreated stormwater that annually flow into streams and rivers, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.Strategies used by municipalities and homeowners to manage stormwater will be the fourth broadcast in the Pacific Northwest Regional Water Quality Program’s watershed issues satellite series airing 9-11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11, from Food Science and Human Nutrition, room T-101. Members of the Pullman studio audience are asked to be seated by 8:45 a.m.Those in WSU locations across the state can view by satellite, or by videostream at more information, contact Jan Seago … » More …

WSU conservation efforts making an impact
September 1, 2004

Since the mid-1980s, Washington State University has decreased the amount of water it pumps from the Palouse region’s deep aquifer from about 700 million gallons annually to about 600 million gallons annually, despite a growth in enrollment and facilities on the Pullman campus. <br><br>University officials attribute the decrease to multiple campus water conservation strategies, including use of water-conserving building plumbing fixtures, more efficient irrigation techniques and improvements in the campus chilled water and steam distribution systems.  The university has invested in more efficient industrial chillers and cooling towers for its chilled water system and the new steam plant on Grimes Way should allow for further water … » More …

It’s not easy staying green in Pullman
September 5, 2003

It’s the end of a hit, dry summer on the Palouse, and about 20,000 students, faculty and staff have returned to campus. Imagine the amount of water they consume by drinking, cooking, showering, laundering and flushing.Do you picture the water table dropping? If so you will be surprised to learn that when the students leave the campus in May water usage generally increases. When they return to campus in the gall water usage typically decreases. During the summer, explains Terry Ryan, WSU’s energy manager, the university uses large volumes of water to keep 467 acres of landscaping and playfields green and to cool buildings offices, … » More …

Proposed wastewater project could save area 1.3M gallons
February 7, 2003

By Larry GandersGovernment RelationsMore than 1.3 million gallons of water per day could be reclaimed and treated to protect a declining Palouse water table if a capital construction project proposed by Washington State University and the City of Pullman receives legislative approval in the 2003 legislative session.The proposal, funded for predesign by the 2002 Legislature, was not included in Gov. Gary Locke’s proposed capital budget. State Rep. Mark Schoesler, R-Ritzville, who spearheaded efforts last year to secure predesign funding through the Centennial Clean Water Fund, is a leading advocate for this proposal in the House.The $10.7 million proposal would design and construct the project during … » More …