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Cleaning up: Investing in communities to turn blighted properties into affordable housing

Ecology provided grants to help local governments, including the City of Yakima, clean up contaminated properties and turn them into affordable housing. See our March 14 blog.

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Osoyoos water levels to rise earlier than normal​

March 21 news release – Osoyoos Lake levels will rise earlier than normal this year at Zosel Dam near Oroville, Washington to help avoid water shortages and low flows later in the summer.

Cleaning up: It’s about turf in two Everett parks​

March 20 blog – We’re pulling up sod in two Northeast Everett parks and will plant new turf when we’re done. The project started this month on three acres of Wiggums Hollow Park, and we’ll start tackling the slope below the Viola Oursler Overlook in April.

Puget Sound Nutrient Watch: What we're learning from other states​

March 19 blog – This month, thanks to funding from EPA's National Estuary Program Grant, we invited experts from Long Island Sound, Chesapeake Bay and the San Francisco Bay to speak to the Puget Sound Nutrient Forum and share their work on reducing nutrients.

Money available for residents to take part in Ecology projects​

March 15 blog – We are accepting applications for Public Participation Grants (PPG). Grants are available to individuals affected by a contaminated site, or to non-profit public service organizations. The grants are for cleaning up hazardous substance release sites or implementing the state's solid and hazardous waste priorities.

What’s in a name: Defining the problem with nuclear waste​

March 15 blog – Federal plan to redefine nuclear waste could change how Hanford tank waste is treated.

Water supply issues could be a reality for North-Central Washington​

March 13 blog – The Methow and Okanogan basins  are projected to experience some water supply shortages, based on current snowpack levels, soil conditions, and climate predictions. Officials will continue to assess any potential hardships felt by communities, farms, and fisheries.

Washington litter czars welcome viral #Trashtag Challenge – but advise safety first​

March 13 blog – Social media can launch movements with the power to reshape our communities. The #trashtag Challenge has become a world-wide, viral movement that encourages teens to clean up greenspaces and prove it by posting before and after photos.

Ecology proposes updates to wastewater treatment plant operator certification program​

March 13 news release – Proposed updates to Ecology’s Wastewater Operator Certification Program reflect new treatment technologies, create opportunities for professional growth, and establish a new fee schedule. 

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