Stories for Grant County

Water Quality stories support the Water Quality Program's activities. Some stories may fall under more than one category, and are listed accordingly.


White Sturgeon Recovery Conservation Program
Under their Ecology-granted Water Quality Certification, the Grant County Public Utility District (PUD) is required to develop and implement a White Sturgeon Recovery Plan, in consultation with the Priest Rapids Fish Forum. The overall goal of the plan is to increase the natural reproduction of white sturgeon to achieve a population that is appropriate for the available habitat, while supporting recreational and tribal harvest. As part of the PUD′s efforts to restore these fish, more than 9,000 were released into the mid-Columbia River at the end of April 2011.
(Other water quality-related)

Wine Waste Woes! Collaborating to Clean up Crush
Wahluke Winery began operations in the Mattawa area in 2005, discharging their wastewater to the city of Mattawa wastewater treatment plant. For the next two years, the city of Mattawa’s treatment plant experienced many treatment upsets due to the high biological oxygen demand (BOD) and low pH from the winery wastewater. A treatment upset means the wastewater may not be treated to the proper level before it is discharged to the environment. Since the area is suitable for winery and fruit processing, the Port of Mattawa saw an opportunity to promote the growth of these industries, so they stepped up to help. The result was no more treatment upsets at the city of Mattawa wastewater treatment plant, and a useable product for irrigation.
(Prevent and reduce point and stormwater pollution)

Working Together to Protect the Columbia River
This story describes how several government agencies, tribes, and other interested parties worked together, during the dam relicensing process, to identify actions which may help to reduce or remove negative impacts caused by the dams.
(Clean-up water pollution)

Working Together To Prevent Treatment Upsets
A plant that makes paper boxes using ink to print images on boxes can produce unsightly wastewater. In 2010, International Paper Box Plant’s (IP) wastewater treament was not keeping inky water away from the city’s wastewater treament plant, so they looked at other treatments used at similar plants. With patience and working together, Ecology, the city of Moses Lake, and IP found a solution to the yucky black water and prevented future upsets t the city’s plant.
(Prevent and reduce point and stormwater pollution)

Year Round Land Treatment
Washington State’s water quality law and regulations require all facilities that discharge wastewater to apply AKART (All Known, Available, and Reasonable methods of Treatment) to their wastewater as a condition to be issued a wastewater discharge permit. Ecology worked with Basic American Foods, a potato processing facility, to re-engineer their wastewater discharge process so that it would meet the requirements for AKART and therefore be more protective of ground water in the area.
(Prevent and reduce point and stormwater pollution)


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Last updated December 2013