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Skagit County Suggests Swinomish Indian Tribal Community Dismisses Its [Water]Lawsuit

Sandra Spargo, Defending Water in the Skagit River Basin, Dec. 15, 2012 Please find below an article in the Skagit Valley Herald that is entitled, County suggests Swinomish dismiss its lawsuit. The Swinomish lawsuit (supported by the City of Anacortes without citizen input), if successful, could lead to all rural and agricultural landowners in the Skagit River Basin losing access to well water if they had drilled their well in 2001 or after, Ecology officials have said.

Moreover, if the [...]

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Anacortes/A town in-between

Sandra Spargo, Defending Water in the Skagit River Basin, Anacortes, Wash.

Dec. 12, 2012

Will Anacortes’ push for manufacturing jobs on Fidalgo Island take us back to the future, when mills of many kind lined the Anacortes waterfront in the 1900s? A town in-between by local author William Dietrich was published in the Seattle Times’ Pacific Northwest Magazine on Feb. 20, 2005. The article’s excerpts include the following: With its industrial legacy and recreational future, Anacortes remains confused about where [...]

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Tethys CEO Steve Winter–the man behind the proposed bottled beverage manufacturing plant (the largest in North America)

 

Skagit Valley Herald, Mount Vernon, Wash.

Posted: Sunday, December 9, 2012 2:00 am

By Mark Stayton

Q: Could you start by telling me a little about yourself?

A: Sure. I graduated from Snohomish High School. My undergraduate degree is in electronic engineering — I went to DeVry University. I graduated from the University of Washington with an MBA. I’ve been in high tech industry for nearly my entire career, nearly 38 years. I left a company I worked for [...]

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A way to go: Plenty of hurdles left to clear before bottling plant gets off the ground

Skagit Valley Herald, Mount Vernon, Wash.

Posted: Sunday, December 9, 2012 2:05 am | Updated: 10:28 pm, Sat Dec 8, 2012.

By Mark Stayton

At least one crucial deadline has been met.

But developers of a proposed 1 million-square-foot bottled beverage manufacturing plant in Anacortes have plenty of other hoops to jump through before the project gets up and running.

Tethys Enterprises, Inc. met a Dec. 1 deadline to acquire property rights to at least 30 acres within city limits. [...]

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Developing forestland quickly damages stream life, USGS study finds

By Scott Learn, The Oregonian on November 15, 2012 at 3:16 PM, updated November 15, 2012 at 3:17 PM

 

Development in western Oregon and southwest Washington has largely swapped forests for homes, driving down water quality and quickly killing off some species of mayflies and other sensitive insects that rely on relatively pristine streams, a new study from the U.S. Geological Survey finds.

USGS researchers examined nine broad urban regions across the United States for [...]

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Columbia River red algae could counter global warming effects

By Lynne Terry, The Oregonian October 17, 2012 at 12:04 PM, updated October 23, 2012 at 6:01 PM

Algae turn the Columbia River at the Astoria-Megler Bridge crimson in late summer in 2008. Scientists from Oregon Health & Sciences University, Oregon State University and the University of Washington are studying the algae, trying to understand why they bloom and how they function in the ecosystem. Alex Derr/Center for Coastal Margin Observation & Prediction Continue reading Columbia River red algae could counter global warming effects

Oregon to try rock salt for snow removal

The Associated Press Posted: 10/26/2012 09:44:00 PM PDT

PORTLAND, Ore.—Oregon has long avoided the use of rock salt for snow removal but now it plans a five-year pilot project to use salt strategically on two routes typically hard-hit by winter storms.The Oregonian reported Friday that ( http://is.gd/afSTbh) it obtained a state Transportation Department document that says the agency wants “another tool in the toolbox” to keep roads clear.

Transportation Department spokesman Dave Thompson acknowledges that rock salt is “stuff [...]

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Oregon Environmental Quality Commission rejects petition for more pesticide regulation

Oregon’s Environmental Quality Commission today rejected a petition from Northwest Environmental Advocates to increase regulation of pesticides that can harm salmon and steelhead on the endangered species list.

The commission voted 5-0 to reject the petition from Nina Bell, the environmental group’s director. Among other measures, Bell’s petition would have required significantly increased buffer zones for spraying certain pesticides near streams.

The petition focused on pesticides that the National Marine Fisheries Service has identified as harmful to [...]

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Oregon’s Department of Agriculture Looks to Protect Waterways from Pesticide Runoff

Washington, DC–(ENEWSPF)–October 16, 2012. The Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) is looking to revamp the way it enforces the 1993 Agricultural Water Quality Management Act in order to decrease the amount of pesticides that end up in the state’s waterways from agricultural nonpoint source pollution. The new plan, which was unveiled last December, will work by taking a firmer approach than the current plan, which on sporadic complaints for enforcement and cooperative action by residents through soil and water conservation [...]

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Oregon denies water permit for Australian company

October 19, 2012

GRANTS PASS, Oregon (AP) — The state of Oregon has denied a water permit for an Australian mining company that wants to develop a gravel pit along a tributary of the Rogue River.

The Oregon Department of Water Resources said there is already too much water being taken out of Grave Creek, which flows into the Rogue at the start of the section that is one of Oregon’s most popular whitewater runs.

Water rights program manager Tim [...]

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