Clean water http://kplu.org en State to Lay Out Options for Clean Water, Fish Consumption Updates http://kplu.org/post/state-lay-out-options-clean-water-fish-consumption-updates <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">What does the amount of fish people eat have to do with whether big employers thrive in Washington state?</span></p><p>Fish consumption is at the heart of the state Department of Ecology's quest for compliance with the federal Clean Water Act, which aims to protect human health.&nbsp;Fish absorb toxins from polluted water. So when people eat it, their health might be at risk. That risk increases with more fish in&nbsp;their diet.&nbsp;</p><p>Right now, the state Department of Ecology officially assumes that people eat only about one meal of fish per month—a standard that’s known to be outdated and insufficient to protect human health.</p><p> Wed, 06 Nov 2013 02:59:36 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 10850 at http://kplu.org Watchdog Group Concerned about Hydraulic Code Update http://kplu.org/post/watchdog-group-concerned-about-hydraulic-code-update <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Proposals to streamline permitting for development in and around state waters have some environmental groups worried. The groups are concerned&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">the changes could weaken crucial protections for fish and their habitat.&nbsp;</span></p> Thu, 17 Oct 2013 04:01:11 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 10506 at http://kplu.org Watchdog Group Concerned about Hydraulic Code Update People for Puget Sound shutting down this fall http://kplu.org/post/people-puget-sound-shutting-down-fall <p>A major environmental group, People for Puget Sound, has been shut down by its board because of finances. The organization is being absorbed by two other environmental groups.</p><p>People for Puget Sound was founded in 1991 by a<a href="http://seattletimes.com/html/editorials/2015352817_edit18puget.html"> charismatic woman</a> named<a href="http://pugetsound.org/membership/how-you-can-help/kathy-fletcher-sustaining-puget-sound-legacy-fund"> Kathy Fletcher</a>.</p> Wed, 12 Sep 2012 23:40:39 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 6306 at http://kplu.org Mom sees wells built in dead daughter's name - Rachel Beckwith http://kplu.org/post/mom-sees-wells-built-dead-daughters-name-rachel-beckwith <p>One year ago this month, 9-year-old Rachel Beckwith died in a car crash and inspired people around the world to donate more than a million dollars to a charity in her honor.</p><p>Her mom is in Ethiopia this week visiting <a href="http://www.charitywater.org/blog/rachels-gift/">the water wells her philanthropy paid for</a>.</p><p> Wed, 25 Jul 2012 00:32:26 +0000 The Associated Press 5705 at http://kplu.org Mom sees wells built in dead daughter's name - Rachel Beckwith Water quality improving for Puget Sound shellfish http://kplu.org/post/water-quality-improving-puget-sound-shellfish <p>Good news for those who love local oysters and clams: the state<a href="http://www.doh.wa.gov/Home.aspx"> Department of Health</a> says there&rsquo;s been a steady improvement in water quality for nearly a decade, leading to fewer closures of shellfish beds in Puget Sound.</p><p>The key measure is of fecal coliform bacteria, which lives in human and animal waste. Runoff from farms and leaky sewage systems carries the bacteria and contaminates shellfish beds. People who eat the polluted shellfish can get sick.</p> Thu, 21 Jun 2012 23:33:14 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 5370 at http://kplu.org Water quality improving for Puget Sound shellfish PLU symposium: Water is rare, scary and flows to the powerful http://kplu.org/post/plu-symposium-water-rare-scary-and-flows-powerful <p>Students journalists covering &quot;Our Thirsty Planet,&quot; a symposium about water put on by <a href="http://www.plu.edu/ourthirstyplanet/Program%20Schedule/home.php">Pacific Lutheran University&rsquo;s Wang Center for Global Education</a>, have wrapped up their coverage on &quot;<a href="http://h2oforthought.wordpress.com/">Water For Thought</a>,&quot; a Website created for KPLU&#39;s experiment in student-sourced journalism.</p><p>With videos and stories, the students review the impact of the symposium and new perspectives on water. Below are headlines and highlights:</p><p> Mon, 27 Feb 2012 19:04:01 +0000 Jake Ellison 4251 at http://kplu.org PLU symposium: Water is rare, scary and flows to the powerful The battle for clean water subject of PLU symposium http://kplu.org/post/battle-clean-water-subject-plu-symposium <p>The lack of clean drinking water and unsanitary living conditions widely affects communities stretching across the globe, and for Rick McKenney standing by idle while people die from water-related illnesses every day is not an option.</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;In the States, water is there when you turn the faucet on and in a lot of places it isn&rsquo;t,&rdquo; said McKenney, founder of the Washington-based Water for Humans organization.</p></blockquote><p> Wed, 22 Feb 2012 18:14:12 +0000 Evan Hoover 4217 at http://kplu.org The battle for clean water subject of PLU symposium Rachel’s charity raises more than $1 million for clean water http://kplu.org/post/rachel%E2%80%99s-charity-raises-more-1-million-clean-water <p>A 9-year-old girl&rsquo;s selfless dream has raised more than $1.26 million dollars for clean water in Africa.</p><p>Rachel Beckwith, of Bellevue, died in a car crash in July. She had turned 9 in June and said her birthday wish was to raise $300 dollars for the cause.</p><p> Fri, 30 Sep 2011 16:10:00 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 2771 at http://kplu.org Rachel’s charity raises more than $1 million for clean water Update: More than $550,000 raised in honor of girl who died http://kplu.org/post/update-more-550000-raised-honor-girl-who-died <p>In honor of her 9th birthday, Rachel Beckwith asked friends and family to donate money to bring clean water to an African village. She was close to her goal when she died over the weekend.</p><p>Nearly 16,000 people have made donations to a clean water project in honor of a nine-year-old Washington state girl. By Wednesday afternoon, there were donations totaling more than $550,000 to &quot;charity: water&quot; in Rachel&#39;s honor.</p><p> Thu, 28 Jul 2011 16:50:32 +0000 The Associated Press 2189 at http://kplu.org Update: More than $550,000 raised in honor of girl who died