sewage http://kplu.org en Counties Deploying Bacteria-Sniffing Dogs To Find Failing Septic Systems http://kplu.org/post/counties-deploying-bacteria-sniffing-dogs-find-failing-septic-systems <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/152492355&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>In recent years, the Samish River Basin in Skagit County has suffered severe pollution from fecal coliform bacteria. Water polluted with untreated sewage and manure leads to frequent closures of shellfish beds and beaches. County authorities are testing <a href="http://www.ecsk9s.com/" target="_blank">a new method to find the sources: poop-sniffing dogs</a>.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 02 Jun 2014 20:52:44 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 16896 at http://kplu.org Counties Deploying Bacteria-Sniffing Dogs To Find Failing Septic Systems 'Pump, Don't Dump': Campaign Urges Boaters To Avoid Sewage Spills With Free Kit http://kplu.org/post/pump-dont-dump-campaign-urges-boaters-avoid-sewage-spills-free-kit <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A rubber adapter may be the answer to preventing illegal dumping in local waterways, according to a new campaign&nbsp;by Washington Sea Grant.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The pathogens in untreated wastewater can cause everything from minor skin rashes to serious gastrointestinal illnesses like&nbsp;</span>Giardia<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">n</span>orovirus<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">But it happens, and often by accident.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Many boaters know better, but lack proper equipment or information on how to pump out safely.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Thu, 30 Jan 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 13033 at http://kplu.org 'Pump, Don't Dump': Campaign Urges Boaters To Avoid Sewage Spills With Free Kit Seattle, King County to spend $1.5 billion on wastewater upgrades http://kplu.org/post/seattle-king-county-spend-15-billion-wastewater-upgrades <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The city of Seattle and King County will spend $1.46 billion on upgrades to public sewer systems aimed at reducing the amount of polluted water entering the Puget Sound and other waterways, according to a federal settlement filed under the Clean Water Act.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Under the agreement, the city and county will also pay $750,000 in fines for dumping raw sewage into the Sound and several lakes.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Wed, 17 Apr 2013 20:35:09 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 8444 at http://kplu.org Seattle, King County to spend $1.5 billion on wastewater upgrades Settlement on Seattle sewage overflows heads to council http://kplu.org/post/settlement-seattle-sewage-overflows-heads-council <p>A more efficient way to fix one of Seattle&rsquo;s most embarrassing environmental problems &ndash; that&rsquo;s the promise of a <a href="http://www.seattle.gov/news/detail.asp?ID=12784">proposed agreement</a> on meeting federal standards for clean water.</p><p>The problem is untreated sewage that flows into our lakes and other waterways after big storms.</p><p> Tue, 22 May 2012 17:51:27 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 5064 at http://kplu.org Settlement on Seattle sewage overflows heads to council Keeping sewage out of Puget Sound http://kplu.org/post/keeping-sewage-out-sound <p>It&#39;s a dirty topic with a refined name: Combined Sewer Overflows (CSOs). When heavy rains exceed the capacity of Seattle&#39;s century-old drainage system, raw sewage gets dumped into our rivers, lakes and Puget Sound.</p><p>Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) is developing a&nbsp;Long-Term Control Plan for limiting CSOs to no more than one outfall per year.</p><p> Tue, 11 Oct 2011 20:38:42 +0000 Dave Meyer 2873 at http://kplu.org Keeping sewage out of Puget Sound