Stories for WRIA 49*


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


Okanogan Pesticide Collection Partnership: Keeping Pollution Out of the Water
In 2001, the Washington State Department of Ecology (Ecology) began a water quality cleanup project (also known as a TMDL) due to elevated levels of DDT and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in the lower Okanogan River watershed. Ecology staff worked with Joe Hoffman, of WA′s Department of Agriculture′s waste pesticide program, to promote a waste pesticide pickup program. To date, the program′s collection events have picked up about sixty pounds of unused DDT pesticides in the Oroville area of the Okanogan Valley. This is equivalent to more than 350 years of DDT pollution entering the Okanogan River from the tributaries and permitted dischargers in this area.
(Clean-up water 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)





Back to Stories Catalog


* 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.


Contact us for more information


Last updated December 2009