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Edmonds working to reduce nutrient pollution

Department of Ecology proposes news standard for wastewater treatment plants


Last updated 7/8/2021 at 8:57am

Department of Ecology

Algae blooms – which can be harmful to waterways and Puget Sound – are one of the signs of nutrient pollution in Puget Sound. Picture from 2013.

One of the main reasons the health of Puget Sound continues to decline is an overwhelming amount of nutrient pollution, according to the Washington Department of Ecology.

To reduce the flow, the Department of Ecology is proposing a new permit for 58 municipal wastewater treatment plants.

That includes Edmonds.

This new requirement will likely affect almost every treatment plant that discharges to Puget Sound," said Public Works Director Phil Williams.

"We have been doing a pilot study for several months now of one promising new technology that could potentially meet Ecology's expected disch...

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