WSU invites media to meet with stormwater pollution expert

PUYALLUP, Wash. – Washington State University aquatic ecotoxicologist Jenifer McIntyre will demonstrate her latest research to media April 6-8 at the WSU Research and Extension Center in Puyallup in advance of her April 12 Innovators Lecture in Seattle.

Her work focuses on the impacts of stormwater for fish as well as solutions that are within reach. Stormwater runoff is the number one source of pollution affecting Puget Sound.

During the media availability, McIntyre will be pilot testing artificial outdoor stream channels for a study on the impacts of episodic runoff exposure to native invertebrates – and how well bioretention filters prevent those impacts.

Please contact Ann Goos, 206-465-5136 or, to make interview arrangements.

McIntyre’s Innovators Lecture, “Stormwater detox: How natural infrastructure can help save salmon,” will be at 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 12, at the Seattle Marriott Waterfront in Seattle. She will present new research about salmon mortality in urban creeks as well as up-to-date information about using recycled materials to improve permeable pavement and reduce the impact of toxic stormwater runoff.

She and John Stark, director of the Washington Stormwater Center, will be available for interviews immediately following the lecture.

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Ann Goos, WSU strategic communications specialist, 206-465-5136,