Stories for WRIA 41*

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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.


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)

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)

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)

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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* 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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