Environmental and Technical Division News

Coho_stormwater_NWTreatyTribes.png The Unexpected Cause of Spawner Mortality Syndrome:
 Urban Stormwater
 by: Yvonne Michaud for the City of Keizer

 Stormwater runoff is the number one source of pollution in natural waters. Recent research has shown that there is much more in urban stormwater than humans previously thought, and those unknown toxins are having dire consequences on coho salmon in the Pacific Northwest. 


pupwithsprinkler_pixabay.PNG Protect your Health, Pick up After your Pets
 by: Yvonne Michaud for City of Keizer

 Picking up after your pets isn't just polite, it also reduces the likelihood of people getting sick by keeping bacteria out of local rivers. 


 fertilizer-spreader11.jpgChoosing the Right Pesticides and Fertilizers for Your Lawn
 by: Yvonne Michaud for City of Keizer                                

 Ever had analysis paralysis while standing in the lawn care aisle at your local hardware store? We've all been there. Here are some useful tips to make sure you go to the store armed with knowledge and ready to buy exactly what you need to keep your yard looking good.



Microplastics Have Invaded The Deep Ocean — And The Food Chain.jpg Microplastics Have Invaded The Deep Ocean
 — And The Food Chain

 by: Christopher Joyce for NPR

  Just how much microplastic is in our oceans? Scientists recently discovered the answer is more than we thought.