Wednesday, October 15, 2014

October brings yellow leaves and green chemistry

By Andrew Wineke, communications, Hazardous Waste & Toxics Reduction

Is there ever too much of a good thing? Not when it comes to pollution prevention and green chemistry. Ecology is supporting a pair of workshops later this month aimed at giving professionals interested in reducing toxic chemicals new information and insight.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Tacoma Smelter Plume: Ecology begins soil cleanup on Vashon-Maury Island

By Jill Jacobson, Outreach Coordinator, Toxics Cleanup Program

Gardens are an area of the yard where people often
 come in contact with soil.
On Monday, Ecology will start digging up contaminated soil at six yards on Vashon-Maury Island. This work is part of Ecology's Residential Yard Sampling and Cleanup Program. The program cleans up arsenic and lead from the former Asarco copper smelter in Tacoma.
Since 2012, we have sampled over 600 yards on the southern half of Vashon-Maury Island. As a result, we have identified 40 homes on the island that qualify for the soil cleanup program.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Fecal Matters: Swimming Closure Issued for Ravine Creek, and Eagle Harbor Waterfront Park, Bainbridge Island, Kitsap Co.

BEACH Program Update

On October 7, 2014, Kitsap County Health District issued a no contact advisory for Ravine Creek and Eagle Harbor Waterfront Park, on Bainbridge Island.  The closure is due to a sewer spill into Ravine Creek.  Bacteria sampling showed high bacteria levels at the mouth of the creek that flows to Eagle Harbor. The public is to have no contact with the water until further notice.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Recycling in Washington: How are we doing?

By Gretchen Newman, Lead Data Analyst, Waste 2 Resources

In a recent ECOconnect post, we talked about how food is the largest component of our garbage in Washington, at 17 percent (by weight) of what we throw in the trash. Wonder what makes up the rest of the trash? And how much are we recycling in Washington households and businesses?

Monday, October 6, 2014

Around the Sound: Pier today, gone tomorrow

By Seth Preston, communications manager, Toxics Cleanup Program

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Our restoration work keeps rolling along in and around Port Gamble Bay.

Thanks to the Legislature, we were able to contract with the Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe to remove the old, deteriorating Point Julia pier, as well as in-water and on-shore debris. That debris includes things like rotting boat hulls and abandoned nets. (More on that in a future ECOconnect post.)

Friday, October 3, 2014

Cleaning Up: Work underway at Ridgefield’s Carty Lake and Lake River

By Diana Smith, Craig Rankine, and Joyce Mercuri, Toxics Cleanup Program

In recent weeks, Ridgefield residents and visitors have noticed a lot of activity around Carty Lake. The Port of Ridgefield is cleaning up contamination at the Pacific Wood Treating site.

The port has also begun prep work for Lake River cleanup. Dredging in the river will begin in mid-October (see below). River users will soon see pilings and debris being removed and parts of the river channel being buoyed off.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Ecology website down for maintenance on Oct 4

Our website will be unavailable for approximately two hours Saturday morning, Oct 4.

Maintenance work is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. During that time our website will not be available. All Ecology Web applications (that are hosted through Consolidated Technology Services) will also be unavailable.