Water Pollution

Illia Dunes Closed
5:54 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

Epic Swim Hole, Party Spot Closed After Strewn With Trash, Feces

The Dunes were crowded with party-goers Saturday.
Credit U.S. Army Corps Of Engineers / Northwest News Network

In Eastern Washington, an epic swim hole and university party spot on public land was just closed down. This past weekend, nearly 2,000 people mobbed the spot. The horde littered the place known as “The Dunes” with trash, adult-beverage containers and … well, other leavings. 

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Columbia River
8:47 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Federal Government Finds Harmful Contaminants In Columbia River Fish

What you pour down your drain could be hurting fish and wildlife populations on the Columbia River – and possibly people too.

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Plastic Pollution
6:35 am
Fri November 22, 2013

Lab Fish Fed Plastic More Likely To Develop Tumors, Liver Problems

The plastic in the ocean acted sort of like a poison pill for fish, sopping up those pollutants.
Credit epSos .de/Flickr

Scientists have photographed dead whales and seabirds, their stomachs filled with plastic bags and bottle caps. But those larger chunks eventually break down. In fact, the majority of plastic pollution in the ocean, by volume, comes in the form of tiny confetti-sized particles. They’re commonly found in Puget Sound. And new research shows that when fish eat particles of plastic the results aren’t good.

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Water Pollution
7:47 am
Wed August 14, 2013

Clackamas Watershed Collects Drinking Water and Pollutants

Clackamas River
Credit Eliza Adam

On a nursery in Boring, researchers are demonstrating a new high-tech pesticide sprayer for a dozen growers. Oregon State University extension entomologist Robin Rosetta explains how this so-called “smart sprayer” uses a computerized sensor to detect the shape of plants and tell the nozzles on the machine where to spray and where not to spray.

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Water Pollution
6:47 am
Fri March 8, 2013

Oregon Takes Aggressive Approach To Water Pollution

The Oregon Department of Agriculture is taking a more aggressive approach to stop water pollution from farms. Instead of waiting for complaints to come in from the public, the state is going to begin looking for polluters.

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Sources Of Water Pollution
5:35 pm
Wed October 17, 2012

Poll Finds High Awareness Of Stormwater Pollution In Northwest States

Residents of the Northwest see urban stormwater runoff as a top source of water pollution, according to a poll commissioned by EarthFix.

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Clean Water Act
5:04 am
Thu September 13, 2012

New Pollutants: Prescription Drugs, Personal Care Products

Photo Credit: Wiki Commons

Water pollution doesn't just come from industrial pipes. It can also come from your prescription drugs or antibacterial soap. As part of our series on the 40th anniversary of the Clean Water Act, Cassandra Profita reports on the everyday pollutants that are emerging in waterways across the Northwest.You can find more about prescription drugs entering Northwest waters on our website nwpr.org and (hear how unregulated toxins may be affecting fish in the Northwest.

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Caffeinated Coastal Waters
4:37 pm
Mon July 23, 2012

Study: Coastal Oregon Waters Slightly Caffeinated

Is Portland's love of coffee leading to the caffeination of Oregon coastal waters?
Diane Gilleland Flickr

The Northwest is known for its love of coffee. Now evidence of that is showing up in the Pacific Ocean. Researchers have found low levels of caffeine at half a dozen locations on the Oregon Coast.

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