Water Quality http://nwpr.org en Governor Inslee Announces New Water Quality Plan http://nwpr.org/post/governor-inslee-announces-new-water-quality-plan <p>Washington Governor Jay Inslee has just released a new plan to improve water quality in the state. One measure of how clean your water is, is how much of its fish you can safely eat.</p><p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 00:26:24 +0000 Ashley Ahearn 48773 at http://nwpr.org Governor Inslee Announces New Water Quality Plan Some Hanford Water Cleanup Exceeds Expectations http://nwpr.org/post/some-hanford-water-cleanup-exceeds-expectations <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2013/05/051313AK_Hanfordwater_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Cleanup of a hazardous chemical called hexavalent chromium in the groundwater at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in southeast Washington is going faster than expected.<p>Hexavalent chromium is the nasty stuff that made Erin Brockovich famous down in California. The chemical was used to inhibit rust in coolant water in Hanford’s reactors. Tue, 14 May 2013 00:04:40 +0000 Anna King 27469 at http://nwpr.org Some Hanford Water Cleanup Exceeds Expectations How Much Fish You Eat Determines Water Quality In Idaho http://nwpr.org/post/how-much-fish-you-eat-determines-water-quality-idaho <p>How much fish do you eat every week? That’s a question Idaho’s Department of Environmental Quality wants to answer. As Samantha Wright reports, the agency has asked state lawmakers for funding to study that question. Thu, 31 Jan 2013 14:27:25 +0000 Samantha Wright 22006 at http://nwpr.org Wash. Mine Fined For Water Quality Violations http://nwpr.org/post/wash-mine-fined-water-quality-violations <p>The Department of Ecology has fined a gold mine in northeastern Washington for water quality violations. The company plans to appeal the fines. The mine has faced numerous penalties over the past five years. Fri, 20 Jul 2012 23:49:15 +0000 Courtney Flatt 11989 at http://nwpr.org Wash. Mine Fined For Water Quality Violations Poll Finds Water Quality NW Residents Top Concern http://nwpr.org/post/poll-finds-water-quality-nw-residents-top-concern <p>A new public opinion poll finds that water quality ranks as Northwesterners&rsquo; top environmental concern.</p><p>DHM Research asked 1,200 residents in Washington, Idaho and Oregon about their environmental concerns. 60 percent said they worried about drinking water, and 54 percent said they were concerned about local lakes, rivers and streams. That result tracks with previous polls.</p><p>People said they were happy, overall, with the water that comes out of their tap.</p><p>DHM Research&rsquo;s John Horvick says most survey respondents thought that water quality has not improved since the implementation of the Clean Water Act 40 years ago. He says that finding surprised him.</p><p> Tue, 17 Jul 2012 23:59:35 +0000 Courtney Flatt 11784 at http://nwpr.org Poll Finds Water Quality NW Residents Top Concern