The consumer-advocacy organization Consumer Reports tested 45 fruit juices, including apple, grape and juice blends, and found that 21 of them had “concerning levels” of cadmium, arsenic and/or lead, according to a new report. Juice samples came from 24 national and private-label brands. Continue Reading There’s Arsenic And Lead In Many Brands Of Fruit Juice. Should You Be Concerned?
In an effort to help imperiled salmon, Washington officials are proposing more water be spilled at dams during fish migration. The hope is that this would also increase the amount of food for orcas in Puget Sound. Continue Reading To Help Orcas Catch More Salmon, Washington Plans To Increase Spill At Dams
This warm El Niño winter in the region is worrying water managers and farmers. Many Washington and Oregon reservoirs aren’t filling up like they should, and snowpack levels are below average in many areas. Continue Reading So Far, El Niño Winter Brings Lessened Snowpack And Water Worries To Northwest
There are a lot of predators known to eat imperiled salmon, from sea lions to double-crested cormorants. For a long time, biologists thought gulls weren’t a big part of the problem. Now, they say that was a miscalculation. Continue Reading Columbia River Salmon Face Another (Previously Underestimated) Threat: Gulls
Oregon’s bottle deposit system is recycling more containers than ever before despite major disruptions in global recycling markets. Continue Reading Oregon Bottle Deposit System Hits 90 Percent Redemption Rate
A new proposal from the Trump administration could dramatically change the way the government cleans up radioactive tank waste at Hanford. What does that mean? Anna King explains. Continue Reading Explainer: Feds Want To Reclassify Hanford Waste. What Does That Mean, And What’s At Stake?
For years, Oregon and Washington have been searching for the best way to catch more hatchery fish while letting the wild fish return unharmed to their spawning grounds. Now, one group says they’ve found it. Continue Reading Banned Fish Trap Returns To Columbia As Sustainable Way To Catch Salmon
The partial government shutdown is blocking some of important oversight at Hanford. In the past 10 years, the Environmental Protection Agency office in Richland has shrunk from nearly 10 experts working on Hanford issues to just three – including the top manager.
Continue Reading Federal Hanford Cleanup Watchdog Put To Sleep During Government Shutdown
Warning that Washington state is at a “tipping point,” Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee on Tuesday delivered a State of the State address that called on lawmakers to address carbon pollution, “transform” the mental health system and save Puget Sound orcas. Continue Reading In State Of State Address, Jay Inslee Calls For Climate Change Action, Addressing Mental Health
For the last 35 years, the snowpack in the West’s mountains has resisted the impacts of global warming. But that could soon change, according to a new study out of Oregon State University. Continue Reading Snowpack In The West Has Resisted Climate Change, But That Won’t Last Forever
Researchers say there’s a new calf among the population of critically endangered killer whales that live in the waters between Washington and Canada. Continue Reading Whale Researchers Rejoice: New Calf Born To Endangered Puget Sound Orcas, But Odds Are Tough
The Environmental Health Disparities Map ranks neighborhoods from 1 to 10. Ten is coded in red, meaning a higher environmental risk while 1, being the lowest, is coded in blue. On that map, Yakima County is a big, red blemish. Continue Reading New Map Shows Hotspots Of Environmental Health Hazards For Washington Neighborhoods