Dept of Ecology

[7/3/19] Dairies Blamed for Groundwater Contamination

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One of Eastern Washington’s Congressional Representatives says a federal study that blamed dairies for groundwater contamination was flawed and should not be used against them. Republican Representative Dan Newhouse of Sunnyside says the 2012 federal nitrate study named Lower Yakima Valley dairies as a source for contamination of rural, domestic wells. Newhouse this week asked […]

[6/7/19] Public Agencies Eligible for Drought-related Relief

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Public agencies experiencing hardships related to drought conditions may now be eligible for funds to ease drought-related effects. The State Department of Ecology is accepting applications for grants from agencies like towns or irrigation districts for up to $350,000. The grants could be used for projects such as emergency standby wells for rural communities, or […]

[11/16/18] Friday Burn Ban

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    A ban on outdoor burning and the use of uncertified stoves and fireplaces goes into effect Saturday morning in Chelan, Douglas and Okanogan Counties due to poor air quality in the region. Restrictions on burning will continue until further notice.   The Washington Department of Ecology is calling the ban because stagnant conditions […]