Report: No conclusive blame of humans for canal oxygen levels – Kitsap Sun

Human sources of nitrogen no doubt contribute to low-oxygen problems in Southern Hood Canal, but federal and state officials say they will need more precise information before taking action under the Clean Water Act. Other actions to reduce pollution and nutrients in Hood Canal — some voluntary and some regulatory — remain under discussion by the Hood Canal Coordinating Council, which includes county and tribal officials. A new report by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Washington Department of Ecology concludes that existing studies fail to show conclusively that nitrogen from septic systems, fertilizers and other human sources have caused Hood Canal’s oxygen levels to drop by 0.2 milligrams per liter — the threshold for legal enforcement. Chris Dunagan reports.

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New mitigation program approved for Hood Canal – Kitsap Sun

A mitigation program expected to bring millions of federal dollars to restoration projects in Hood Canal was approved Friday, following more than a year of intense discussions. The mitigation program is one of the final hurdles before the Navy obtains approval to proceed with construction of a $715-million explosives handling wharf at Bangor. The program, to be administered by the Hood Canal Coordinating Council, allows a developer to pay cash instead of constructing restoration projects to compensate for environmental damage. Navy officials say they will use the program for the new wharf and probably future projects as well. Chris Dunagan reports. New mitigation program approved for Hood Canal

http://www.kitsapsun.com/news/2012/jul/06/new-mitigation-program-approved-for-hood-canal/

Hood Canal council OKs program to handle federal restoration money- Kitsap Sun

A mitigation program that could bring millions of federal dollars to restoration projects in Hood Canal was approved Friday by the Hood Canal Coordinating Council. If approved by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Washington Department of Ecology, the new program would first be used to compensate for environmental damage from the Navy’s $715-million explosives handling wharf to be built at Bangor.

http://www.kitsapsun.com/news/2012/jun/01/hood-canal-council-oks-program-to-handle-federal/

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