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Swinomish Tribe Joins Opposition to Canadian Oil Pipeline

Skagit County, Washington

Skagit Valley Herald staff | Posted: Friday, February 14, 2014 9:00 am

The Swinomish Indian Tribal Community will oppose the proposed Kinder Morgan Transmountain pipeline project, it announced Thursday.

The tribe said it will oppose the project before Canada’s National Energy Board, along with the Tulalip Tribes, Lummi Nation, Suquamish Tribe and the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations in Canada.

“Over the last 100 years, our most sacred site, the Salish Sea, has been deeply impacted by [...]

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The Last Breath

Photograph by Kseniya Saberzhanova, 17, of Russia.

National Geographic, Your Choice Public Vote winner.

National Geographic sponsors a children’s photograph contest, whose goal is for children to share how they see the planet through photographs.

Salmon Estuary would be next to largest bottling plant operation in North America

Defending Water in the Skagit River Basin By Sandra Spargo

Turners Bay Salmon Pocket Estuary

In 2009, a $671,000 grant was spent to restore the Turners Bay Salmon Pocket Estuary.

Chinook salmon now have access to a nearly 60-acre tidal channel estuary and marsh complex.

The estuary is located at the northeast end of Similk Bay, in the Whidbey Basin of Puget Sound, one of 12 pocket estuaries that had been identified as a high priority restoration site in [...]

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Audiolog East-West Corridor Presentations, January 18, Eastport & Calais

Audiolog

East-West Corridor Presentation

January 18, 2013

Darryl Brown, EWC Program Manager, Cianbro

 

Eastport, Maine, Shead HS, 2:45–4:00

(File 1)

1:40–3:40 — Brown’s background: owns Eastport property, recent posts w/ Maine Land Development, 2 yrs. DEP Commissioner.

3:90–5:00 — Transparent as they can be at this point. Project of state significance; not trying to separate state in two. This project needs to happen.

5:10–9:00 — Economic disparity between N & S of state. ME’s rep as one of worst [...]

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STEWC has strong presence at Rally of Unity on January 8th!

On January 8th, members of STEWC joined members of over 20 other progressive activist groups in a Rally of Unity at the State House. It was an inspiring and successful day with over 150 participants, including drumming and dancing led by members of the Wabanaki Confederacy who are also raising awareness on #IdleNoMore. Thanks to everyone for coming to speak to legislators and share hope for a healthy and prosperous future in Maine, the way life should be!

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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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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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Hunt for water in eastern Oregon has farmers scrambling to tap Columbia River

By Eric Mortenson, The Oregonian

BUTTER CREEK — The crick, as it’s called, tumbles out of the Blue Mountains, carrying snowmelt and spring rain to the Umatilla River. Water is scarce here, eight to 12 inches of precipitation annually on the flats, but Butter Creek grows enough in its 57 mile run to become a rushing stream for a couple months a year. By high summer it is bone dry, a channeled low spot amid the sage.Early [...]

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California Makes History on the Right to Water

by Shiney Varghese | October 3, 2012

On Wednesday, September 26 Governor Jerry Brown of California signed the bill AB 685, into law, establishing the policy that every person in California has the right to safe, clean, affordable and accessible water. This is a historic moment in the U.S. debate over the right to water.(Image: Creative Commons license from Happy Sleepy.)

The U.S. federal government has not recognized water as a human right, but this policy initiative [...]

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Corrosive Waters Emerge as New Climate Threat

Sept. 30, 2012, The Washington Post News Service with Bloomberg News

(c) 2012, The Washington Post.

HOMER, Alaska — Kris Holderied, who directs the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Kasitsna Bay Laboratory, says the ocean’s increasing acidity is “the reason fishermen stop me in the grocery store.”

“They say, ‘You’re with the NOAA lab, what are you doing on ocean acidification?’ ” Holderied said. “This is a coastal town that depends on this ocean, and this bay.”

This town in [...]

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