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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.
Department of Ecology Joins Partners in Educational Mission
The future of our watersheds depend on our youth. This is why a group of natural resource professionals took part in the South Stevens Education Project, sponsored by Stevens County Conservation District and funded by Washington Department of Ecology.
(Other water quality-related)
Washington Veterans' Cemetery
This story covers a project to build Washington State's first cemetery for veterans of the armed forces. It will be located near the city of Medical Lake in Spokane County. Due to a seasonally-changing water table in the area, there would not be sufficient water for irrigating the cemetery land. Working with one of Ecology's reclaimed water engineers and one of their hydrogeologists, they were able to develop a strategy to use reclaimed water from the West Medical Lake's wastewater reclamation facility for irrigation.
(Prevent and reduce point and stormwater pollution)
Lake Spokane Shoreline Goes Au Naturel: What happens when you return to the basics?
A couple living along Lake Spokane (also known as Long Lake) recognized that their existing bulkhead was failing. They also understood that bulkheads can cause problems for neighbors by increasing erosion further down the shoreline. So they agreed to install a naturalized shoreline as a demonstration project to other Lake Spokane homeowners.
(Clean-up water pollution)
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