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Herrera Awarded Microbial Source Tracking Study

Herrera won a $200k grant from the Washington Conservation Commission to conduct a Quantitative Microbial Source Tracking (MST) Demonstration Project. In the words of project manager Rob Zisette, "I am really excited about this project because it is really cool science that our state can use to solve water quality problems from fecal pollutio...

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The Limping Elk

Elk hoof disease has continued to spread throughout southwest Washington and is now found in northwest Washington and across the Cascade Mountains into eastern Washington. The number of sightings of limping elk with deformed, broken, or missing hooves has increased dramatically since 2008. There is much that is not yet understood about the ...

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Escape from the Net-Pen: the Atlantic Salmon

Recent news  has been filled with discussions of Atlantic salmon in the Pacific Northwest. After the unintentional release of over 260,000 Atlantic salmon from net pens near Cypress Island in Puget Sound occurred last August, public outcry caused an increase focus on the controversial use of net-pens in Washington State. Last month, a bill ...

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King County 2018 Flood Reduction Grant

The King County Flood Control District has opened up their 2018 Flood Reduction Grant application. The Flood Reduction Grants target medium and small local flood reduction projects, including projects where the control of stormwater will have a direct benefit in reducing flooding. Eligible applicants include homeowner associations, schools, ...

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Herrera Helps Arlington and Marysville Develop a Vision for Future Growth

Herrera’s integrated team of engineers and scientists is leading the environmental assessment and utilities engineering for the Arlington-Marysville Manufacturing Industrial Center Subarea Plan. As part of the project team, Matt Fontaine, water resources engineer with Herrera, spoke with a citizen group in Arlington/Marysville to discuss the ...

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Herrera Selected for Offshore Wind Project

Herrera was part of a consortium of firms selected by the Redwood Coast Energy Authority (RCEA) to enter into a public-private partnership to pursue the development of an offshore wind energy project off the coast of Humboldt County in California. The consortium — which consists of Principle Power Inc., EDPR Offshore North America LLC, Aker ...

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Blackberry – Friend or Foe

Blackberries have become a sign of summer in the Pacific Northwest, and it is not uncommon to spot the delighted traveler stopped on the side of the road happily gathering a bounty to make their next jam or pie. However, for those of us working in the field, there are few sights less pleasant than a stand of impenetrable blackberries. Field crew ...

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Once Threatened, Now Endangered – the Uplisting of the Marbled Murrelet in Oregon

The marbled murrelet (Brachyramphus marmoratus) is a small seabird that nests in old-growth and late-successional forests along the Pacific Coast from Alaska to central California. In 1992, the marbled murrelet was listed as threatened under the federal Endangered Species Act (ESA) and was listed as threatened under the Oregon ESA in 1995. The ...

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Let the fishes swim freely! Fish Barrier Removal Grant Opportunity

The new Brian Abbott Fish Barrier Removal Board grant program is administered jointly by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Recreation and Conservation offices. Applications are being accepted until March 29. Selected projects will be included in a request for funding from the Legislature for the 2019-2021 biennium. ...

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Presenting… Lake Washington!

As part of Herrera’s community outreach efforts, Herrera scientist George Iftner and stormwater engineer Ondrej Sklenar were special guests in Ms. Massimino’s and Mr. Castelli’s 4th grade classes at Louisa Boren STEM K-8 School in West Seattle.  The topic of their visit was Lake Washington history and water quality.  The ...

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