Stories for WRIA 36*

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


Town of Washtucna: The Little Town that Wouldn't...and Didn't Give Up
When the town of Washtucna discovered that their wastewater treatment system was leaking and possibly impacting their ground water, they worked with Ecology and applied to various funding sources until they obtained the funding they needed to build a new wastewater treatment plant.
(Prevent and reduce point and stormwater pollution)

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)


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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 August 2011