Ecology Blog

Legacies of lead & arsenic
Romans added lead to many products, ranging from makeup and contraception to cookware and in the early 1900s, lead arsenate was the most widely used pesticide in the U.S.
Cleaning up: How a light rail project keeps a landfill site on track
How do you build light rail and widen a freeway along the edge of a well-managed former municipal waste landfill? Very carefully!
Boots on the ground: Members clean, pack, and plant to honor Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Every year, our Washington Conservation Corps (WCC) members make Martin Luther King Jr. Day a “day on” rather than a “day off.” Let's take a look at some projects our members arranged this year!
Fecal Matters: Saltwater State Park is now open to the public, King County
Seattle and King County Public Health have lifted the no-contact advisory to water contact at Saltwater State Park and Washington State Parks have re-opened the park to the public.
$215 million proposed for clean water projects across the state
Ecology is proposing to award $215 million in grants and loans for 89 high-priority clean water projects across the state.
Protecting human and environmental health with Safer Products for WA
Many of the products used every day contain toxic chemicals that escape into homes and the environment when they're used and disposed.
Tackling nitrate contamination
Among our top priorities in Governor Jay Inslee’s 2020 supplemental budget is a request for $378,000 to expand monitoring for nitrates in Lower Yakima Valley private drinking water wells.
New Year, New Water Right Applications
With the start of the new year, the Water Resources Program released updates to our water right application forms. The forms hadn’t been revised in a number of years, and were due for some changes.
Boots on the ground: AmeriCorps members embark on environmental projects statewide
Join us for a tour across the state to learn about a few of our AmeriCorps members' environmental accomplishments so far this year.
Crews safely remove, detonate dangerous chemical device

Homeowner finds poisonous theft deterrent in old safe. Ecology takes the chemicals and detonates them for safety. 

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