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State tests river water monthly

 

Eiko Urmos-Berry, of the state Department of Ecology, pulls up water samples with a long rope dangling from the bridge in Coulee Dam. - Jacob Wagner photo

Eiko Urmos-Berry, of the state Department of Ecology, pulls up water samples with a long rope dangling from the bridge in Coulee Dam. It's a sunny fall day, and her orange high-vis vest matches the changing colors of the leaves.

Urmos-Berry has taken around 10 samples on this day. The bridge is the last stop for her.

The Department of Ecology performs these "ambient" tests to look for trends in water quality over the years.

"Overall water quality at this station met or exceeded expectations and is of lowest concern," according to a 2015 summary at DOE's website, regarding the samples taken...



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