Seattle Times, Jan. 31, 2014
Officials monitoring lower than usual snowpack levels in Washington state say it’s not time to panic, but they’re nevertheless preparing in case of a possible drought.
By PHUONG LE
SEATTLE —Officials monitoring lower than usual snowpack levels in Washington state say it’s not time to panic, but they’re nevertheless preparing in case of a possible drought.The Department of Ecology plans to ask the Legislature for drought-relief money in case dry [...]
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By Kimberly Cauvel | Jan. 28, 2014
CONCRETE — The town decided Monday to turn down Niagara Bottling’s interest in purchasing its pristine water, partly to protect the town’s ongoing relationship with another bottling company and partly because of a lack of detail in Niagara’s request.
An LTI Inc. driver fills two trailers with water from the town’s well in April 2011. LTI transports the water to Advanced H20 in Burlington for bottling. [...]
Continue reading Concrete, Wash., Turns Down Bottler’s Request to Buy Town’s Water
Congress should approve bills adding more Washington rivers to the national Wild and Scenic Rivers system, where the state is now woefully underrepresented.
Seattle Times Editorial
GABRIEL CAMPANARIO / THE SEATTLE TIMES MORE than 1,900 miles of Oregon’s rivers are protected in the national Wild and Scenic Rivers system.
Washington, in contrast, has fewer than 200 designated miles. That’s downright embarrassing for a state with thousands of miles of rivers that clearly [...]
Continue reading Time to Catch Up to Oregon in Protecting Rivers
January 16, 2014
Center for Biological Diversity.
Contact: Sarah Uhlemann, (206) 327-2344, email@example.com
Declining Salmon Populations, Pollution, Ocean Noise Threaten Iconic Species Off Coasts of Washington, Oregon, California
Photo courtesy NOAA.
SEATTLE— The Center for Biological Diversity filed a formal petition today with the National Marine Fisheries Service to protect more critical habitat for the endangered Southern Resident population of killer whales. If successful the proposal would extend Endangered [...]
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Wash. Conservation voters Tiffany McGuyer @ wcvoters.org
Jan. 17, 2014
When a proposal was created to build the largest coal export terminal in North America – you got loud. Over 124,000 concerned citizens submitted comments and more than 8,200 people attended hearings on the Cherry Point coal export terminal.
Thankfully, the Department of Ecology determined that such an unprecedented project deserved a comprehensive review.
Yet yesterday, a joint work session in the [Wash.] State Legislature by the Senate Environment [...]
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OregonLive Federal regulators are proposing to overturn the state of Oregon’s program for reducing polluted runoff into coastal streams like Flesher Slough, a coho salmon habitat near Yaquina Bay. (Matt Fehrenbacher/PFT) By Rob Davis | firstname.lastname@example.org Email the author | Follow on Twitter December 19, 2013 at 6:04 PM, updated December 20, 2013 at 6:05 AM
Federal regulators are proposing to overturn the state of Oregon’s program for reducing coastal pollution runoff, saying while they see [...]
Continue reading Oregon Could Lose Millions for Coastal Streams as Feds Target Logging Pollution
Posted December 11th, 2013 ‘Fish consumption’ issue could mean $200-a-month sewer bills — business, local-government organizations sound alarm as Ecology seeks standards no one can meet.
By Erik Smith Washington State Wire
Boise Cascade’s Wallula mill: Pulp and paper industry would be sharply affected.
OLYMPIA, Dec. 10.—$200-a-month sewer bills, anyone? Business and local governments are sounding a new warning about a Department of Ecology plan to impose water-quality standards so tough no one can [...]
Continue reading Study: New Water Quality Standards Would Cost Billions, Produce Little Benefit
Showdown postponed on sweeping carbon-pollution policies for State. Climate panel likely to continue next year. Dec. 19, 2013 By Erik Smith Washington State Wire
The Climate Legislative and Executive Workgroup holds a public hearing last week. Left to right, state Rep. Liz Pike, R-Camas, filling in for Shelley Short, R-Addy, Sen. Kevin Ranker, D-Orcas Island, Gov. Jay Inslee, Sen. Doug Ericksen, R-Ferndale, and Joe Fitzgibbon, R-Des Moines; non-member Rep. Jake Fey, D-Tacoma is in second row.
Continue reading Climate Task Force Cancels Final Meeting–No Recommendation for 2014 on Cap and Trade, Low Carbon Fuel Standards