Columbia river toxics reduction working group
Download
1 / 23

Columbia River Toxics Reduction Working Group - PowerPoint PPT Presentation


  • 148 Views
  • Uploaded on

Columbia River Toxics Reduction Working Group. 2012 Regional Roundtable: Pacific Northwest Pollution Prevention Resource Center. Overview. Background on Columbia River Toxics Reduction Workgroup Current Activities Challenges. Columbia River Basin. ~ 260,000 sq miles

loader
I am the owner, or an agent authorized to act on behalf of the owner, of the copyrighted work described.
capcha
Download Presentation

PowerPoint Slideshow about 'Columbia River Toxics Reduction Working Group' - brian


An Image/Link below is provided (as is) to download presentation

Download Policy: Content on the Website is provided to you AS IS for your information and personal use and may not be sold / licensed / shared on other websites without getting consent from its author.While downloading, if for some reason you are not able to download a presentation, the publisher may have deleted the file from their server.


- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - E N D - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Presentation Transcript
Columbia river toxics reduction working group

Columbia River Toxics Reduction Working Group

2012 Regional Roundtable: Pacific Northwest Pollution Prevention Resource Center


Overview
Overview

  • Background on Columbia River Toxics Reduction Workgroup

  • Current Activities

  • Challenges

Columbia River Toxics Reduction Working Group


Columbia river basin
Columbia River Basin

  • ~ 260,000 sq miles

  • 2 countries, 7 seven states, 22 Tribes

  • Largest flow to Pacific in N. & S. America

  • 8 million people – 1/3 in I-5 corridor

  • > 370 major dams

  • 13 endangered fish species



Columbia river toxics reduction working group

Toxics Are A Contemporary Issue

Mother Goose and Grimm – Feb. 14, 2006



Background
Background

  • 1989: Lower Columbia Bi-State work.

  • 1994: CRITFC fish consumption survey.

  • 2002: CRITFC fish contaminant study.

  • 2005: Formation of Columbia River Basin Toxics Reduction Workgroup.

  • 2006: EPA designated Columbia River Large Aquatic Ecosystem (Great Lakes, Chesapeake), but no funding.

Columbia River Toxics Reduction Working Group


Working group
Working Group

  • Workgroup established in 2005.

  • Multiple partners from around Basin; meets 3-4 times per year.

  • Increase collaboration/coordination across Basin; share information; and leverage limited resources.

  • First action: State of the River Report.

Columbia River Toxics Reduction Working Group


State of the river report
State of the River Report

  • Working group identified need to “tell story” about toxics.

  • Purpose of Report

    • Inform people, communities, and decision-makers about toxics problems and solutions

    • Serve as catalyst for stakeholder involvement and actions

    • Garner resources for toxics reduction and assessment efforts.

Columbia River Toxics Reduction Working Group


State of the river report1
State of the River Report

  • Focused on mercury, PCBs, DDTs, and PBDEs (recognize many other contaminants).

  • Identified indicator species to track over time

    • Juvenile Salmon

    • Resident Fish

    • Sturgeon

    • Predatory birds – osprey and bald eagle

    • Aquatic mammals – mink and river otter

    • Sediment-dwelling shellfish – Asian Clam

  • Included several broad initiatives.

Columbia River Toxics Reduction Working Group


2010 action plan
2010 Action Plan

  • Follow-up from State of River Report.

  • Five Initiatives (61 Proposed Actions)

    • #1: Increase understanding and political commitment

    • #2: Increase toxic reduction actions

    • #3: Increase monitoring to identify sources

    • #4:Develop research program

    • #5: Develop data management system

Columbia River Toxics Reduction Working Group


1 increase understanding
#1: Increase Understanding

  • Workshops around Basin

    • Agricultural – Pendleton and Wenatchee

    • PCBs – Portland

    • PBDEs - Portland

    • Green Chemistry – Portland

    • Pesticide Stewardship Program – Hood River

  • Continue to hold Workgroup meetings around Basin.

Columbia River Toxics Reduction Working Group


1 political commitment
#1: Political Commitment

  • August 2011: Executives from tribes, federal, state, and non-profits.

    • Committed to work together to reduce toxics

    • Formalized Columbia River Toxics Workgroup

  • November 2012: Second meeting of executives.

    • Develop and expand sustainable purchasing

    • Enhance existing programs (Pesticide Stewardship Partnership)

    • Emphasize stormwater control

    • Advocate for resources and TSCA reform

    • Address chemicals of emerging concern

Columbia River Toxics Reduction Working Group


1 political commitment1
#1: Political Commitment

  • 2010: Columbia River Restoration Act (Blumenauer – House; Merkley – Senate)

    • Authorized $33 million over 6 year.

    • Toxics reduction, habitat, and monitoring/research

    • Uses 2012 Action Plan and LCREP plan as basis

    • Passed out of Senate sub-committee but not full Senate

  • 2012: Senator Merkley and Congressman Blumenauer proposed to reintroduce.

Columbia River Toxics Reduction Working Group


2 toxics reduction actions
#2: Toxics Reduction Actions

  • Federal and State clean-up activities (Upper Columbia, Hanford, Portland Harbor, and Bradford Island).

  • Oregon fish consumption rate: WA/ID evaluating.

  • Oregon DEQ toxics reduction strategy: WA toxics reduction road map.

  • Removing toxics from communities (WA/OR banned PBDEs; WA reduce use of copper in brake pads; WA/OR/ID successful pesticide take-back programs; 50 local communities for pharmaceutical take-back programs; Hgreduction strategies)

Columbia River Toxics Reduction Working Group


3 monitoring
#3: Monitoring

  • No coordinated monitoring program.

  • Monitoring related to clean-up sites.

  • WA Ecology conducts monitoring for toxics.

  • Oregon DEQ toxic reduction strategy; monitoring program.

  • Workgroup assisted LCREP to update toxics monitoring plan and developed monitoring prioritization tool for Basin.

Columbia River Toxics Reduction Working Group


4 research
#4: Research

  • USGS: Initiated workgroup to develop research plan for chemicals of emerging concern.

  • USGS: Characterize occurrence and identify sources/pathways.

  • NOAA and USGS: Characterize impacts.

Columbia River Toxics Reduction Working Group


Challenges
Challenges

  • No coordinated monitoring program to assess status/trends, identify sources, and measure effectiveness of actions.

  • Non-point sources challenging to control.

  • Chemicals of emerging concern.

  • Lack of funding.

Columbia River Toxics Reduction Working Group