January 24, 2018 Spokane River Regional Toxics Task Force Meeting

The next meeting of the Spokane River Regional Toxics Task Force is:

Date: January 24, 2018
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 pm
 Spokane County Water Resource Center
1004 N. Freya Street
Spokane, WA 99202

Click here for a map

To attend the meeting by phone:
(509)335-2277, ID 5230244

Meeting Materials to review prior to the meeting:
Meeting agenda:
– SRRTTF January 24_2018 agenda_(V2)

Previous Meeting Summaries –Decision: Accept 11/29/17 Meeting Notes? (5 min agenda topic)
–  SRRTTF 11.29.17 Meeting Summary DRAFT (DECISION ITEM)
TTWG 01-03-18 mtg.notes (REVIEW ITEM)

ACE  Commitment reports: (Informational- short agenda topic)
  Ace commitment report 2017 through 4th quarter
  ACE Commitment report December 31_2017
–  Ecology-ACE Contract for 07-01-17 to 06-30-19

Comp Plan implementation projects—Decision: authorize ACE to develop detailed scopes/schedules based on conceptual scopes?

  ACE contract #C1800094 project planning2 (Project tracking: master table + ACE-Ecology spreadsheet)
  Project Management Process 01-02-18 word doc (guideline for project leads); Project Management Process 01-02-18. reviewed (pdf)
–  High level scope of work GW upgradient of Kaiser
–  High level sow_PCB mass balance in river reaches Plantes Ferry to Nine Mile
–  High Level Conceptual Scope of Work Education and Outreach team 1-16-18
–  Regional PMF Analysis

– Green Chem ideas (Posted late – Monday 1.22.18 – for discussion)
Product Testing budget ideas ; Bio-based ice control article (Posted late – Monday 1.22.18 – for discussion)

MOA & Collaboration: Purpose: address issues related to SRRTTF MOA
–  SRRTTF MOA key guidelines_highlighted

For more information on the Task Force MOA and Previous MOA workgroup unapproved revisions go to:
  TASK Force MOA (approved MOA)
–  MOA Work Group work in 2015 (note, revisions were put on hold in 2015)

Comp Plan Implementation Review Summary (IRS)Purpose: Fulfill Comp Plan condition—Decision: accept IRS for the record?
 Comp Plan Impl.Review Summary (DECISION ITEM)

For review before the February Task Force Meeting (IRS addendum), consider adding the following addendum to the IRS.
–  Implementation Review Summary_Addenda–summaries from technical advisor, facilitator, and workgroups

Phase 2 Funding for Fungi “Emerging Stormwater Technologies”Purpose: Comp Plan Implementation—Decision: allocate $15K for Phase 2 of fungi PCB remediation project?
The Lands Council Proposal for Phase 2 Fungi-PCB project

Ecology News: Subject: New Ecology poster Identifying sources of toxics using biofilms

The poster, Identifying sources of toxics using biofilms, is available at https://fortress.wa.gov/ecy/publications/SummaryPages/1703029.html .
Biofilms (algae, microbial biomass, and organic detritus) growing on rocks contribute to the base of the food web in rivers and streams. In contaminated waterbodies, biofilms take up and bind contaminants from the water. Over the last few years, the Department of Ecology has been using the contaminant concentrations of biofilms to assess the spatial distribution of metals and organic contaminants. We have also been measuring the bioconcentration of toxics from the water to assess the accumulation in higher trophic levels.
Our results show a strong, statistically significant relationship between dissolved concentrations of PCBs and DDT in the water column and the concentrations bound in and on biofilms. We find metal concentrations in biofilms to be (1) correlated with changes in periphyton community structure and (2) a more sensitive sample media of metal contamination than water and sediment. The use of biofilms in source identification studies has proven to be highly effective under a number of hydrologic conditions and for various toxic contaminants.
This poster was presented at the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) Annual Meeting in Minneapolis, MN, Nov. 13-16, 2017.
If you have questions, contact Will Hobbs at 360-407-7512 or whob461@ecy.wa.gov.

EPA News: EPA P3 Grant

How to Apply for an EPA P3 Grant

Jan. 11, 2018

2 – 3 p.m. EST

Informational Webinar

Presentation will be livestreamed as a webinar via Adobe Connect.

Register now, as spaces are limited!

Meeting Information

Join us for an informational webinar on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) 15th Annual P3 Awards: A National Student Design Competition Focusing on People, Prosperity and the Planet (P3) Request for Applications (RFA). Learn about EPA’s P3 program, topics in this year’s funding opportunity, and how to apply. EPA P3 program experts will be available to answer questions during a question & answer (Q&A) session following the presentation. A copy of the webinar presentation will be available at www.epa.gov/P3 for those unable to participate in the scheduled webinar.

Webinar Objectives:

  • Learn about the P3 Program
  • Review topics of open 2017-2018 P3 Phase I RFA
  • Learn how to apply for a P3 grant
  • Share frequently asked questions

2017-2018 P3 Research Topic Areas:

  • Improve Air Quality
  • Provide Clean and Safe Water
  • Prevent Contamination of Land, and
  • Ensure Safety of Chemicals in the Marketplace

EPA P3 Program

Through EPA’s P3 program, college students can benefit people, promote prosperity, and protect the planet by designing environmental solutions that move us toward a sustainable future. This year’s P3 Phase I RFA is open until Feb. 7, 2018.

The P3 award competition is a two-phase team contest. For the first phase, interdisciplinary student teams compete for $15,000 grants to research and develop their design projects during the academic year. In the spring, the teams have the opportunity to attend the National Sustainable Design Expo (NSDE) to showcase their research projects. Phase II grants are then awarded to student teams through a competitive process based on their Phase I projects. This final award is an opportunity for grant funding up to $75,000 to further the project design and/or implement in the field.

This research is supported by EPA’s Sustainable and Healthy Communities (SHC) Research Program, which provides useful science and tools for decision makers at all levels to help communities advance sustainability as well as achieve regulatory compliance.

January 10, 2018 Education and Outreach Work Group Meeting

The next meeting of the SRRTTF Education and Outreach Work group is:

Date: Wednesday, January 10, 2018
Time: 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Location: Washington Department of Ecology
N. 4601 Monroe St.
Spokane, WA 99205

Click here for a map.

DRAFT Agenda:

  • Discussion of the status of the website (next steps that need to be completed)
  • Create a scope of work for 2018 (figuring out how to spend the $10K by 6/30/18) discussing (a-g from the comp plan goal table)
    • Goals:
      • Inventory which agencies have what in regards to PCB information
      • Work on 3-4 minute educational videos
  • Finalizing the work plan for 2018

Meeting Materials:
SRRTTF E&O 1.10.18 DRAFT meeting summary

2017-11-8 Ed&Outreach Workrgoup mtg Notes (1)
Education and Outreach Goals 1-2-18
2018 Planning Calendar – E&O (1)
website content


January 9th, 2018 Fish Sampling (Fish Tissue/Sediment/Water Column) Work Group Meeting

Fish Sampling (Fish Tissue/Sediment/Water Column) Work Group Meeting:

Date: Tuesday, January 9th, 2018
Time: 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Location: WDFW Region 1: 2315 N. Discovery Place, Spokane Valley, 99216

Call-in number: 360-407-3780, PIN 159698 #

Meeting Materials:

SRRTTF Fish Tissue Work Group Agenda 1-9-18 (1) (corrected dial in number)

Previous information/discussion on Fish sampling that  may be of use:
fish tissue and water column data locations
fish tissue and water column data observations
Fish Sampling Workgroup Study Concepts

January 3, 2018 Technical Track Work Group Meeting

The next meeting of the SRRTTF Task Force and Technical Track Work group is:

Date: Wednesday, January 3rd, 2018
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Location: Washington Department of Ecology
N. 4601 Monroe St.
Spokane, WA 99205
Click here for a map.

Conference call-in number: (509)335-2277
Pin code: 36812362 #

Meeting Documents:
TTWG 1.3.2018 Meeting Notes

TTWG agn 01-03-18_draft (2)
Comp-Plan-Elements-SRRTTF-work-for-01-03-18_for printing

SRRTTF Comp Plan p.72_Studies to Address Data Gaps
Lands Council: Use of Fungi to Degrade Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) Final Report
Comp Plan Impl.ReviewSum_simple 1.3.17 updated
Draft Scope of Work 120117
Project Management Process 01-02-18

Ecology News: Revised Report “Spokane River PCBs and Other Toxics at the Spokane Tribal Boundary Recommendations for Development of a Long-Term Monitoring

The Task Force is asked to review the EAP report on the “Spokane River PCBs and Other Toxics at the Spokane Tribal Boundary Recommendations for Development of a Long-Term Monitoring” and provide any additional feedback by c.o.b on Tuesday December 19th, 2017 to Brandee Era-Miller at BERA461@ecy.wa.gov.

Revised Report and Data
REPORT Spokane LT Monitoring 12-12-17
Table C-1_PCBs 20L and CLAM 12-12-17
Table C-2_PCBs 2L and XAD 12-12-17

Spokane-LT-Monitoring Spo County comments 171130
Avista_Comment_Letter_Long-Term Plan_11-15-17
Bud Leber Comments – Tribal Boundary Sampling Report
Post Falls Comments – Spokane-LT-Monitoring


Ecology News: Ecology to launch new website

Here at the Department of Ecology, we are getting ready to launch a completely new website. As our valued partners, we wanted you to have an advanced notice.
We have rewritten, redesigned, and rebuilt our website and are planning to launch Dec. 11.
What you need to know before launch:
  • New web address: Our primary web address is changing to www.ecology.wa.gov. (Formerly ecy.wa.gov)
  • New links: We will have all new web links to all webpages and content. All links pointing to our old website will need to be updated.
  • Mobile friendly: You can now use our website from your phone or tablet.
  • Accessible: We are building our website to meet the highest level of accessibility requirements.
  • Continuing to add content: We’re launching with our highest priority content first. That means some content may not be available at launch. We will continue to build and add content.
We will have more information available as we get closer to the launch date. We will be sending another email in the coming week with a link to preview the new website.

Green Chemistry: Conference Call to discuss Road Paint Pilot

When: Friday December 1, 2017 10:00 am

Where:  Conference call information:

(360) 407-3780
PIN Code: 470351 #
  1. Additional information from a phone-con between Doug Krapas and Michael Jung, Thermoplastic Division Manager at SWARCO Industries regarding a diarylide-free yellow thermoplastic that has been on the Florida test deck since October 2015.
  2. Arrange for a conference call with SWARCO?
  3. Discuss what we have heard so far and evaluate a path forward:
    1. Perform a pilot study or do nothing and turn over to WA DOT and DES to evaluate?
  4. If we decide to move forward with some study, what might it look like:
    1. Simple evaluation of various products for PCB content using 1668?
    2. More detailed breakdown of product components (i.e.: Hydroseed type study)?
    3. Product performance evaluation…Test Deck?
  5. Next Steps