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Will Water Quality Retrofits Save Salmon?

September 09, 2021

After showing that bioretention filtration of stormwater could prevent pre-spawning mortality in coho salmon, researchers at WSC and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service teamed with the City of Bellevue to pilot test a retrofit concept for existing stormwater detention ponds. The idea was to inexpensively and passively provide additional treatment to stormwater in detention […]

Press Release
Research

Spanish Translations and HEAL

August 02, 2021

This spring the Washington State Legislature passed what’s appropriately called the Healthy Environment for All or “HEAL” Act, and the Climate Impacts Group (CIG) published a Spanish translation of several climate change reports: The reports – Sin Tiempo Que Perder and Cambiando las Líneas de Nieve y las Líneas de Costa – or No Time […]

DEI
Environmental Justice
Press Release

Technical Assistance Available for Stormwater Parks

July 15, 2021

Stormwater parks are an important strategy for improving the health of Puget Sound and its residents.   Through funding from the Puget Sound National Estuary Program1, PSRC is offering consultant technical assistance for the early planning of four new stormwater parks (one in each central Puget Sound county). For this project, stormwater parks are defined as regional stormwater […]

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Dr. Jen McIntyre to Testify

July 13, 2021

Dr. Jen McIntyre will provide testimony relating to her and her colleague’s groundbreaking research on the effects of the common tire anti-oxidant 6PPD-quinone on coho salmon to members of the Congressional House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigation on Thursday, July 15th at 10 AM PST. She will be the first witness after the […]

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Research

Toxics In Fish Strategy

June 09, 2021

The Stormwater Strategic Initiative Lead Team (SIL), of which The Washington Stormwater Center is a key partner, is pleased to announce that the Toxics in Fish Implementation Strategy is final and has been published. The documents can be accessed here. Drs. Jen McIntyre and John Stark, as well as SIL WSC lead Heidi Siegelbaum, have […]

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Puget Sound Initiative

Emcon Virtual Conference September 13-14, 2021

May 26, 2021

On behalf of our Scientific Committee, we cordially invite you to Emcon 2021, the 7th International Conference on Emerging Contaminants. This event will be held virtually on September 13-14, 2021, where you can expect to hear the latest research news and discoveries about the environmental chemistry of emerging environmental contaminants and their management. We welcome […]

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New planning tool from the WRF

April 28, 2021

The Water Research Foundation (WRF) released the CLASIC tool, which utilizes a life cycle cost framework to support feasibility and planning of stormwater infrastructure. CLASIC helps stormwater professionals, community planners, and local decision-makers understand and weigh the estimated costs, reductions in runoff and pollutant loads, and co-benefits of various planning scenarios as they consider stormwater management […]

Low Impact Development
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Searchable Database for NEP Projects

April 22, 2021

Looking for what stormwater projects are being put on the ground under EPA’s National Estuary Program? Look no further! The Washington Stormwater Center, as part of its role in the Stormwater Strategic Initiative Lead Team, works with both Habitat and Shellfish teams towards Puget Sound Recovery. This work is led by the Puget Sound Partnership and […]

Puget Sound Recovery
Tools

Boeing partnerships help manage more than 400 billion gallons of runoff in WA

March 23, 2021

When people think of Boeing, thoughts often rise towards the sky, where many of Boeing’s best-known products soar high above the earth. However, Boeing is also deeply interested in the ground and the water that flows on and beneath it. That’s why Boeing invested $1.4 million last year in environmental organizations that support stormwater and […]

Low Impact Development
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Research

EPA Updates EJSCREEN, Community EJ Mapping Tool

February 19, 2021

EPA released an update of EJSCREEN, the Agency’s publicly available award-winning environmental justice screening and mapping tool. EJSCREEN uses high-resolution maps and a methodology for combining datasets to identify environmental burdens on vulnerable populations. This update is an important refresh of the environmental and demographic data contained in EJSCREEN and enhances the tool by adding new […]

Environmental Justice
Municipal
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