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Go Green Tri-Cities highlights green businesses, organizations, resources, and events in the Tri-Cities, WA. It was created using funds raised for environmentally related activities and events in the Mid-Columbia under the direction of the Sustainable Energy and Environmental Network. The purpose is to promote eco-friendly living by presenting options available in the area, including information on a variety of businesses that offer green products and services. Sponsors this year include City of Richland, Energy Northwest, Tri-City Herald, Battelle, Benton County Solid Waste, City of Pasco and KURION, Inc. Read More...
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Tri-Cities 20/20:Looking Beyond Tomorrow. Becoming a Sustainable Community Forum
Oct. 23, 2014, 1:00 pm- 5:30 pm
Guest speakers: Don Schjeldahl, a nationally recognized corporate site selection and economic development best practices expert. Don recently worked with the TADZO Team to conduct an industry research and economic analysis of the Tri-Cities region, the results of which were reported at TRIDEC’s Annual Meeting earlier this year. Dave Andersen, Eastern Region Manager, Growth Management Services, Washington State Department of Commerce.
Panel Discussion: why sustainability matters to the economic well-being and quality of life for our community.
Information Fair and Reception: Find out who's working on local sustainability, what' being done, and how to get involved. (Including Go Green Tricities!)
Three Rivers Convention Center, 7016 West Grandridge Boulevard, Kennewick. $25. Register at www.alsctc.org
Pumpkin patches, corn mazes and petting zoos
Pumpkin Patch & Hayride, Job's Nursery Our U-Pick Patch opens September 27th and goes till Halloween. We have planted a number of types of pumpkins from carving to pie types and other winter squashes. Come and enjoy scouring 2.5 acres of pumpkin patch for the right ones. The patch is open seven days a week during nursery hours and it's 25 cents per pound of pumpkin; no patch entry fee.
We also offer the Nursery Tour Hayride with a little Halloween fun mixed in for $2.50 per person (children under 2 ride free). It travels the 36 acres for about 15 to 20 minutes as our tree growers point out interesting trees along the way. The hayride is offered Saturday and Sundays during nursery hours. 4072 Columbia River Road, Pasco
Apple & Pumpkin Festival at Bill’s Berry Farm is open Fridays and Saturdays through October. Closed on Halloween. Festivities include barnyard mystery corn maze, pumpkin carving, a pumpkin patch, kiddie maze, petting zoo, pony rides, alpaca day, music by The Beckmans and more.
Admission is free and fees vary for some activities. The farm is at 3674 N. County Line Road in Grandview. Info: http://billsberryfarm.com.
Harvest Festival - Country Mercantile. The festival features hay rides to the pumpkin patch, a three-acre corn maze, petting zoo, straw-bale maze and straw-bale pyramids to climb on. There also will be a carnival, clowns and face painting. Carnival rides include a rollercoaster, train, carousel and airplane, along with a bounce obstacle course. Daily through Oct. 31.
Admission is $6.50 for adults, and kids 2 and younger are free. Seniors and military pay $4.50. Tickets for rides are $1 for one or $8.50 for 10 and $15 for 20. An all-day arm band for the rides is $15.
Produce center, 232 Crestloch Road, Pasco
Fall Festival, Middleton, includes a corn maze styled after the Seattle Seahawks, continues through Oct. 31. The maze is family friendly and open Friday - Sunday.
The flashlight maze operates in the dark, so visitors will need to bring flashlights. The farm will have flashlights for sale for $3 each. There will be staff monitoring the maze should visitors get lost.
A kid zone that includes a straw maze, climbing pyramid, games, petting zoo, barrel train ride, and corn play pit operates during daylight hours only. No outside food or drinks or pets are allowed.
Admission is $7.50 for ages 3 to adult. Group prices are available. Middleton farm, 1050 Pasco Kahlotus Road, Pasco.
WA State Dept. of Ecology - Public Comment Period
Details of draft fish consumption rule released- Washington Depart. of Ecology – NEWs, Sept. 30, 2014
The WA Depart. of Ecology is making details of the preliminary draft rule available for early review.
“The majority of our concerns about toxics come not from big pipes but from the every-day chemicals in our environment. We are working with business, local government, and tribes on a proposal to prevent the use of largely unregulated toxic chemicals the Clean Water Act cannot address,” said Gov. Inslee. “Allowing these toxics to continue exposing our children and getting into our waterways is costly to clean up and damaging to public health. Prevention is the more effective way to protect Washington’s people and environment.”
The new preliminary draft rule proposes standards for how clean our waters need to be, and would control pollution limits for businesses and municipalities that discharge waste water. The rule contains a unique provision that no standard would allow more pollution than today’s standard, except arsenic that occurs naturally. Seventy percent of the standards would actually enhance protection by requiring cleaner water.
Ecology’s preliminary draft rule would increase the fish consumption rate from 6.5 grams a day (about one serving a month) to 175 grams a day (about one serving a day) to better reflect current data and protect Washingtonians who eat a lot of fish. The calculation also includes a 10-5 input for the cancer risk rate, up from the previous input of 10-6.
Ecology also completed an extensive preliminary economic analysis that shows the new water quality standards would create minimal costs to industries and local governments that discharge waste water.
Ecology’s proposal includes further clarification about flexible implementation tools that industries and local governments could use to achieve the new water quality standards.
What this means for industries and local governments:
· They would not be required to clean up pollution that they didn’t cause.
· Compliance schedules or variances could allow them to meet new standards over a specific period of time if they are demonstrating measurable progress and are on a path to meet standards as soon as possible.
Ecology expects to issue a formal draft rule in Jan. 2015 and will invite public comments.
Ecology’s proposal is directly tied to a broader toxics-reduction package Gov. Inlsee will propose to the 2015 Legislature. It will address larger pollution challenges that the Clean Water Act alone can’t solve.
Details about the preliminary draft rule can be found on Ecology’s website.
September 2 through October 20, 2014