Water Quality stories support the Water Quality Program's five Program activities. Some stories may fall under more than one category, and are listed accordingly.
Education Consortium: Educating Teachers, Students, and the Community
This outreach and education consortium teaches local schoolchildren and citizens about the importance of protecting the quality of their local water bodies. The consortium provides hands-on experience in water quality monitoring, riparian restoration, and other projects.
(Prevent and reduce point and stormwater pollution)
Grayland Cranberry Growers Get Pesticides Out of Water and Reduce Costs
In 1996, cranberry growers were un a difficult position when water samples showed high levels of pesticides in Grayland Ditch. The local cranberry economy was so fragile that most growers couldn't afford to install new best management practices. In order to address the economic and social concerns, as well as water quality, the Washington Department of Ecology decided to try a non-regulatory, direct-implementation approach.
(Clean-up water pollution)
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* The Department of Ecology and other state resource agencies frequently use a system of "Watershed Resource Inventory Areas" or "WRIAs" to refer to the state's major watershed basins.
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