Ecology Blog

Water quality declining in Whatcom County – but work is underway
Water contaminated with fecal coliform can make people sick. It's a serious public health issue. It also threatens an important shellfish industry
Cleaning Up: Welcome to ‘the Neighborhood’ – Part 2

Last week, we shared the new What's In My Neighborhood mapping tool that allows users to search for polluted properties across Washington. We received a variety of responses via Facebook.

Cleaning Up: Work along Centennial Trail and Spokane River

We're cleaning up the Holcim Inc site, near the Centennial trail and a boat launch. 

Cleaning Up: Welcome to 'the Neighborhood'!

Our new mapping tool helps you find contaminated sites near your home or work and see where they are in the cleanup process.

Riddle me this: What is a glistenworm?
The glistenworm is a shell-less, footless mollusk that burrows into marine sediments by digging with the shield around its mouth.
Innovative agreement highlights practices that are good for farms and the environment
More than 40 farms representing 110,000 acres in Eastern Washington are in line to become among the first Farmed Smart certified agriculture operations in the Northwest.
Making a stink: the Pacific stinkworm
When disturbed, Travisia pupa, the stinkworm, as its name suggests, gives off a pungent odor similar to rotting garlic.
Tacoma Smelter Plume: Recap of Tacoma Public Meetings

Last week Ecology held two public meetings on the progress of the Tacoma Smelter Plume project. Over 50 people came out to learn about yard sampling and cleanup in Tacoma neighborhoods.

New report compiles information about Washington’s groundwater health
A new report called the Washington Nitrate Prioritization Project identifies groundwater areas in the state that are most vulnerable to nitrate contamination.
Shifting sands: The sand star is born to run
If you’ve ever been to an aquarium or explored a tide pool, then this Critter of the Month is no stranger to you!

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