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Why it matters
Washington’s marine and fresh waters are home to rich stocks of fish and shellfish. Protecting the health of these resources is important for the well-being of the state’s environment, economy, and people. More...
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Water Quality Standards Rule-making: Ecology is involving key parties, other interests and the public as it addresses complex science and public policy issues around adopting new human health-based water quality standards and implementation tools. This work is important because it protects people who swim in our waters and eat fish from our waters. We are developing implementation tools to provide paths towards compliance.
>> See more information about the Water Quality Standards Rule-making
(March 6, 2013)
Water Quality Standards Policy Forum
What is the Policy Forum?
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Toxics Reduction Strategy Work Group: The goal of the group is to explore opportunities to develop a new framework for preventing toxic pollution that delivers greater environmental and human health benefits while minimizing transaction costs for controlling such pollution.
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(April 18, 2013)
Toxics Reduction Strategy Workgroup
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IN THE NEWS:
June 14: Viewpoints: Water quality standards must strike a delicate balance (Guest opinion, Everett Herald)
June 10: Story update: Inslee gets involved in water-quality rule changes (InvestigateWest)
May 5: State needs fix for outdated water quality standards (editorial, The Olympian)
April 26: How much fish is healthy? WA tribes push for updated standard (KPLU)
April 23: Deadly Catch: How much fish to people eat in Washington? (Pacific Northwest Inlander)
April 23: How Boeing, allies torpedoed state's rules on toxic fish (InvestigateWest)
April 15: How the amount of fish you eat impacts water quality (High Country News)
March 30: Business Interests Trump Health Concerns in Fish Consumption Fight (InvestigateWest)
April 1: How fish consumption determines water quality (High Country News)
March 29: Ecology developing new water standards (Capital Press)
Dec. 6: As water-quality rules are hatched, tribes sit out (The News Tribune)
Dec. 3: Tribes Call for Fish Consumption Rate Action (Billy Frank Jr. blog: “Being Frank”)
Oct. 26: Fish consumption rate and what it means to you (Kingston Community News)
Sept. 27: Fish Consumption Rate, Water Quality Standards: Should Idaho, Washington Follow Oregon’s Lead? (Columbia Basin Bulletin)
Sept. 21: Washington moves forward to adopt new water quality standards for toxics (Dept. of Ecology news release)
Aug. 20: State passes on setting fish-consumption rates (The Olympian, The News Tribune, New York Daily News)
July 11: Fish for the Future: Our Health and Livelihoods Depend on It (Center for Progressive Reform blog)
July 8: Washington state casts line for residents' fish-consumption rate (Seattle Times)
April 27: Water-quality standards must note reality of fish consumers (Yakima Herald-Republic opinion)
April 27: Mixed signals over Sound salmon (The Olympian opinion)
April 23: Low standards for water put fish eaters at heightened risk (The Spokesman Review)
Nov. 6: Fish-eating habits to guide water rules (Spokesman Review)
Oct 21: EPA Approves Toughened Oregon Water Quality Standards Based On Higher 'Fish Consumption Rate' (Columbia Basin Bulletin)
Oct 11: Ecology starts dialogue about reducing toxic chemicals in fish to better protect public health (Dept of Ecology)
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