Cleaning Urban Waters Using Collaboration and Science

Coordinating government agencies, universities, community leaders, and local businesses has led to successful and real-world clean water methods for Tacoma, Washington.

2014 PNW-SETAC 23rd Annual Conference

The Pacific Northwest Chapter of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry:Promoting toxicology and chemistry research in the Pacific Northwest - will hold their annual 3-day conference on April 24-26, 2014 in Tacoma, Washington. Staff representing the Center for Urban Waters, City of Tacoma, and University of Washington-Tacoma will be among the many experts presenting at this year's conference.

Source Control Investigation Leads to Identification of a PCB Source

Sediment trap monitoring in the OF237B drainage basin showed intermittent relatively elevated levels of PCBs in two upstream sediment traps. These sediment traps are located in a primarily residential area of East Tacoma.

Additional Improvement Found in Stormwater Quality in the Thea Foss Drainage Basin

Annual comprehensive stormwater monitoring by the City of Tacoma shows additional improvement in stormwater quality in the Thea Foss drainage basin.

Results from Year 7 Thea Foss Waterway Monitoring Appear Promising

The City completed Year 7 post-remediation monitoring of the sediments in the Thea Foss and Wheeler-Osgood Waterways, and submitted an annual report summarizing the results to EPA for review in November. Monitoring included sediment chemistry, hydrographic survey, low tide visual monitoring, sediment profile imaging, groundwater monitoring and habitat evaluation.

U.S. EPA Water Cluster Meeting

Tacoma-Pierce County Urban Clean Water Innovative Partnership Zone (IPZ) representatives attend EPA meeting in Cincinnati, OH

Get ready for StormCon 2014

Don't miss these presentations by staff from the Center for Urban Waters and the Tacoma-Pierce County Urban Clean Water IPZ

Cover Article in 'Pollution Engineering' Magazine

Dr. Joel Baker's article, "Collaborating for Sustainable Results", was the cover article in the January 2013 issue of 'Pollution Engineering' magazine.

Urban Clean Water Technology Innovation Partnership Zone

The Urban Clean Water Technology Innovation Partnership Zone is a collaboration of business, research, education and local government leaders designed to accelerate development of a globally competitive, research-based urban clean water cluster in Tacoma-Pierce County.

Environmental Stewardship Project

Under an agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the City of Tacoma provides stewardship for restored natural resource habitats in the Puyallup River Watershed.