stormwater runoff http://kplu.org en Seattle Park is Giant Storm Drain http://kplu.org/post/seattle-park-giant-storm-drain <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Recent summer storms have many locals concerned about urban flooding, or fast-flowing water overwhelming storm drains.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In Seattleā€™s Madison Valley neighborhood, outdated infrastructure led to a tragic death in 2006, but the city says the chronic flooding there should be fixed now.</span></p><p> Fri, 06 Sep 2013 12:01:00 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 9900 at http://kplu.org Seattle Park is Giant Storm Drain Sediment health declining in central Puget Sound http://kplu.org/post/sediment-health-declining-central-puget-sound <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Scientists examining the health of Puget Sound have uncovered a new mystery involving the very bottom of the food chain.</span></p><p>A <a href="https://fortress.wa.gov/ecy/publications/SummaryPages/1303021.html" target="_blank">new study</a> from the state Department of Ecology shows toxins in sediments have declined over the past decade.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">But it also found declining health of the creatures that live in the sediment.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Wed, 05 Jun 2013 12:01:00 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 8994 at http://kplu.org Sediment health declining in central Puget Sound Seattle Mayor aiming high on green infrastructure for stormwater http://kplu.org/post/seattle-mayor-aiming-high-green-infrastructure-stormwater <p>When you look around the streets of Seattle, you can expect to see less concrete and more greenery being put in over the next 12 years.</p><p>The City is planning to dramatically increase its use of <a href="http://www.seattle.gov/util/MyServices/DrainageSewer/Projects/GreenStormwaterInfrastructure/index.htm">green infrastructure</a> to treat <a href="http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/wq/stormwater/municipal/index.html">stormwater runoff</a>.</p><p>Stormwater runoff is acknowledged as the single largest source of pollution in Puget Sound.</p> Thu, 07 Mar 2013 01:46:46 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 7918 at http://kplu.org Seattle Mayor aiming high on green infrastructure for stormwater Fast melt could pose environmental challenges http://kplu.org/post/fast-melt-could-pose-environmental-challenges <p>It&rsquo;s a tough commute out there for anyone who has to drive. Snow is melting fast, and <a href="http://www.kplu.org/post/gregoire-declares-state-emergency-thousands-without-power-cliff-mass-ice-storm-unusual">ice is a big danger</a>.</p><p>But in Seattle at least, the consensus seems to be that the city has improved a lot in keeping main arterials clear, by deploying trucks that preemptively spray de-icer&nbsp;and sprinkle rock salt on the roads&nbsp;when it snows.</p><p>It&rsquo;s not without environmental risks, but officials say they&rsquo;re doing what they can to strike the balance between maintaining public safety and limiting the risks from polluted runoff.</p><p> Thu, 19 Jan 2012 17:45:31 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 3812 at http://kplu.org Fast melt could pose environmental challenges Enviros say new stormwater guidelines too lax http://kplu.org/post/enviros-say-new-stormwater-guidelines-too-lax <p>It&rsquo;s the single largest source of pollution entering Puget Sound &ndash; rain that hits pavement and carries grease, metals and other toxins into the water.</p><p>The Department of Ecology has just issued<a href="http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/wq/stormwater/municipal/2012draftMUNIcom.html"> new rules </a>that aim to keep stormwater runoff in check. However, several environmental groups complain the new rules are full of loopholes.</p><p> Thu, 20 Oct 2011 18:40:36 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 2944 at http://kplu.org Enviros say new stormwater guidelines too lax Rainwater gardens preventing toxic runoff into Puget Sound http://kplu.org/post/rainwater-gardens-preventing-toxic-runoff-puget-sound <p>The forecast is for sunny skies this weekend and some of the warmest temps we&#39;ve seen all year.&nbsp;</p><p>But when it rains a lot &ndash; as it has been lately &ndash; the runoff from city streets and houses pours toxins straight into Puget Sound.&nbsp;</p><p>How homeowners can address that kind of water pollution is the subject of <a href="http://pugetsound.org/programs/education/runoff/pollution">a series of neighborhood tours put on throughout the region this summer</a>.&nbsp; The first one is <a href="http://pugetsound.org/programs/education/runoff/tours">this weekend in Seattle.</a></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 03 Jun 2011 21:04:38 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 1785 at http://kplu.org Rainwater gardens preventing toxic runoff into Puget Sound Thursday morning's headlines http://kplu.org/post/thursday-mornings-headlines-5 <p>Making headlines this morning:</p><ul><li><strong>Puget Sound Murky From Stormwater Runoff</strong></li><li><strong>More Heavy Rains Coming, with Potential Flooding</strong></li><li><strong>Tacoma Considers Closing a High School</strong></li></ul><p> Thu, 20 Jan 2011 15:18:21 +0000 KPLU News Staff 571 at http://kplu.org Thursday morning's headlines