Stories for WRIA 34*



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


A Pullman Partnership: Not Wishy-Washy about Preventing Stormwater Pollution
Each summer, charity carwashes pop up at various locations around the cities and towns we live in. What happens to all that grime and sudsy water flowing across the parking lot? If that dirty, sudsy water flows into a storm drain, there is a good chance it flows directly into a nearby stream. Technically that sudsy car wash water running into a catch basin is an illicit discharge. But no city wants to shut down a charity carwash, so Pullman sought a solution that would allow the carwashes to continue without dirty water entering nearby streams.
(Prevent and reduce point and stormwater pollution)

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)

Stormwater Sleuths Solve the Mystery of the Putrid Pipe
An investigation team in the city of Pullman found several illicit pipes and solved a recurring problem.
(Prevent and reduce point and stormwater 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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* 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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Last updated May 2013