Clean Water Act http://nwpr.org en Farmers Urge EPA To "Ditch The Rule" http://nwpr.org/post/farmers-urge-epa-ditch-rule <p>And now a story about farmers and water. It’s a common and often contentious issue out here in the West. Well now farmers across the country are also riled up. That’s because the U.S. EPA wants to revise the clean water act. As Correspondent Chris Lehman explains depending on who you talk to these revisions are either a “land grab” under the “brute force” of the federal government or a simple clarification of rules that ensure all Americans have clean water to drink. Thu, 03 Jul 2014 14:35:14 +0000 Chris Lehman 48453 at http://nwpr.org Farmers Urge EPA To "Ditch The Rule" EPA Sued To Deal With Ocean Acidification http://nwpr.org/post/epa-sued-deal-ocean-acidification <p>The Center for Biological Diversity filed a lawsuit against the EPA calling on it to do something about the acidifying waters of the Northwest.</p><p></p> Thu, 17 Oct 2013 16:27:39 +0000 Ashley Ahearn 35846 at http://nwpr.org Environmental Groups Announce Plan To Sue Rail And Coal Companies Under Clean Water Act http://nwpr.org/post/environmental-groups-announce-plan-sue-rail-and-coal-companies-under-clean-water-act <p>A coalition of environmental groups that oppose exporting coal through terminals in the Northwest have announced plans to file a lawsuit against BNSF Railway and several coal companies.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">The groups say coal that escapes from trains is polluting the water and should be regulated under the Clean Water Act.</span></p><p> Tue, 02 Apr 2013 23:31:40 +0000 Ashley Ahearn 25290 at http://nwpr.org Environmental Groups Announce Plan To Sue Rail And Coal Companies Under Clean Water Act Idaho Town Struggles With Clean Water Act Requirements http://nwpr.org/post/idaho-town-struggles-clean-water-act-requirements <p>40 years ago Thursday, Congress passed the Clean Water Act to reduce pollution in America’s waterways. Even four decades later, hundreds of towns across the Northwest are failing to meet clean water standards for their wastewater treatment plants. For most, that means costly upgrades and higher fees for households and businesses. The southern Idaho town of Burley is no exception. EarthFix reporter Aaron Kunz explains. Thu, 18 Oct 2012 13:37:20 +0000 Aaron Kunz 16945 at http://nwpr.org Idaho Town Struggles With Clean Water Act Requirements Stormwater Called The "Single Largest Contributor To Urban Pollution http://nwpr.org/post/stormwater-called-single-largest-contributor-urban-pollution <p>Human beings are really good at paving stuff. Such as parking lots and roads.&nbsp; Our development patterns have very real effects on water quality. Wed, 17 Oct 2012 13:13:00 +0000 Ashley Ahearn 16882 at http://nwpr.org Stormwater Called The "Single Largest Contributor To Urban Pollution Clean Water: The Next Act - Emerging Contaminants Feminizing Puget Sound Fish http://nwpr.org/post/clean-water-next-act-emerging-contaminants-feminizing-puget-sound-fish When the Clean Water Act was created 40 years ago rivers were on fire and raw sewage was spilling into some waterways. The Act has accomplished a lot over the years - reining in the largest industrial polluters and improving water quality, overall. <p> But there are some emerging contaminants the Clean Water Act was never designed to control, and they are affecting the environment in new and different ways. Thu, 13 Sep 2012 13:35:20 +0000 Ashley Ahearn 15129 at http://nwpr.org Clean Water: The Next Act - Emerging Contaminants Feminizing Puget Sound Fish Clean Water Act: Agriculture Struggles With Temperature http://nwpr.org/post/clean-water-act-agriculture-struggles-temperature <p>Farming is the single biggest reason rivers are failing to meet standards set by the Clean Water Act. EarthFix Reporter Aaron Kunz visited Idaho’s Pahsimeroi Valley for our series with Investigate West on this environmental law’s 40th anniversary. It turns out the problem isn’t so much what cattle ranchers and alfalfa growers are putting into the water – it’s what they’re taking out. Fri, 17 Aug 2012 13:32:00 +0000 Aaron Kunz 13609 at http://nwpr.org Clean Water Act: Agriculture Struggles With Temperature Case Could Hamstring WA’s Control of Runoff Pollution http://nwpr.org/post/case-could-hamstring-wa-s-control-runoff-pollution-0 <p>A small ranch in southeastern Washington is the site of some big disputes playing out between environmental regulators and farmers.</p><p>The question: How much control can the government have over pollution from agricultural runoff?</p><p>As part of EarthFix and Investigate West’s series on the 40th Anniversary of the Clean Water Act, Courtney Flatt takes a look at a court case that could determine how strictly the state regulates polluted rainwater runoff. Thu, 16 Aug 2012 12:46:59 +0000 Courtney Flatt 13540 at http://nwpr.org Case Could Hamstring WA’s Control of Runoff Pollution Clean Water: The Next Act - Seattle's Duwamish River Part II http://nwpr.org/post/clean-water-next-act-seattles-duwamish-river-part-ii <p>This fall marks the 40th Anniversary of the Clean Water Act &ndash; a piece of legislation that changed the way waterbodies in this country are regulated and protected.</p><p>Pollution was supposed to be curtailed so that fish from all the waters in America would be safe for people to eat. 40 years later, though, many waterways still bear fish too tainted to consume safely.</p><p>One of the most polluted waterways in the Northwest is Seattle&rsquo;s Duwamish River. We&rsquo;re taking a look at the Duwamish as part of EarthFix&rsquo;s series &ldquo;Clean Water: The Next Act.&rdquo; Thu, 19 Jul 2012 13:05:36 +0000 Ashley Ahearn 11876 at http://nwpr.org Clean Water: The Next Act - Seattle's Duwamish River Part II North Idaho Couple Celebrates Court Victory http://nwpr.org/post/north-idaho-couple-celebrates-court-victory <p>A north Idaho couple is celebrating a major legal victory at the nation&#39;s highest court. Justices on the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that Mike and Chantell Sackett have the right to challenge a decision by federal regulators that their property is a protected wetland. Wed, 21 Mar 2012 23:10:39 +0000 Colin Fogarty 5277 at http://nwpr.org North Idaho Couple Celebrates Court Victory