Stories for Whitman County

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


Eliminating Dirty Discharges
A story of how a combination of observation, assistance, and cooperation helped reduce pollutants from industrial sites.
Prevent and reduce point and stormwater pollution)

Growing Pains in Pullman
How Ecology developed a working relationship with a construction company, which resulted in an improvement in the quality of stormwater discharges from construction sites.
(Prevent and reduce point and stormwater pollution)

New Program Provides Assistance in Hangman Creek Watershed
Hangman Creek, covering parts of Washington, Idaho, and the Coeur d′Alene Reservation. It flows into the Spokane River, is impaired with fecal coliform, sediment from soil erosion, and water temperatures that are too warm for cold-water fish. Coordination between Ecology and the Spokane County Conservation District, supported by several Washington and Idaho governments and organizations, led to receiving funding from the Natural Resources Conservation Service to help farmers utilize direct-seed tillage cropping technology. This project brought Idaho and Washington together to work to implement water quality protection in the Hangman Creek watershed – without letting a state line create a barrier to success.
(Prevent and reduce nonpoint pollution)

Transforming Watersheds: Palouse River - Whitman County
The Palouse River is the main artery of the great Palouse grasslands of eastern Washington. Recently it became clear the river needed help. It was failing state water quality standards for bacteria, temperature, dissolved oxygen, pH, and a variety of different toxic chemicals, making it one of the more polluted water bodies in the state. Using a variety of different funding sources the Palouse-Rock Lake Conservation District initiated several river restoration projects.
(Prevent and reduce nonpoint pollution)


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