New Bipartisan Support for salmon-saving "Solutions Table"

In the long controversy about how to save endangered Northwest salmon, only a few members of Congress have spoken up about their views.

That changed this week. More than 50 representatives from both major parties have signed a letter to President Obama, asking to start a negotiation process that includes all parties in the salmon-restoration debate for the Columbia and Snake rivers. For Zeke Grader, executive director of the Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen's Associations, it seems like a sensible move compared with spending more time and tax dollars in court.


New DOE report recommends active water management

Goals: reduce reliance on taxpayer funding; ensure adequate water supplies

PRESS RELEASE: OLYMPIA - The Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology) is seeking legislative authority to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the state Water Resources Program and reduce the program's reliance and impact on taxpayer funding through the state general fund.


Final Chapter in NW Salmon Showdown?

Today (May 9, 2011) in a Portland courtroom, final arguments are being presented in a case that could determine the future of salmon in the Northwest. On one side: the federal agencies that operate the hydropower system and those responsible for making sure endangered salmon species don't go extinct. On the other side: the State of Oregon, fishing and conservation groups and the Nez Perce tribe, all of whom say the feds' plan costs too much and won't do enough.


Celebrate Earth Day by cleaning up the planet

PRESS RELEASE: For many years Friends of the San Juans has coordinated the spring South Beach Cleanup at American Camp, San Juan Island. This ongoing effort invites local community members and visitors to our beaches where they can enjoy the crunch of the sandy gravel under their feet, breathe the fresh air and hear the waves upon the shore as they pick up litter. This year, the cleanup takes place April 17. 



Beaverton Valley Marsh restoration is underway

posted 09/17/2010

San Juan County Land Bank is leading partners in an effort to protect and restore Beaverton Valley Marsh, the largest wetland complex in the county at over 250 acres.

The non-profit wetlands conservation group Ducks Unlimited has secured federal grants to pay the Land Bank to do even more land protection in the marsh, as well as wetland restoration.

In 2001, the Land Bank made its first purchase in Beaverton Valley Marsh – 128 acres of farmland and wetland along Roche Harbor Road across from Sutton Road - now known as the Beaverton Marsh Preserve. More land was added to the preserve in 2002 and 2006.


5 year review of ESA classification of JKL pods announced

National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration Fisheries announced a five-year review of Southern Resident killer whales under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). A five-year review is a periodic process conducted to ensure that the listing classification of a species is accurate. The review is based on the best scientific and commercial data available at the time of the review. NOAA is requesting submission of any such information on Southern Resident killer whales that has become available since their original listing as endangered in November 2005.


$24k energy rebate for SJISD

The San Juan Island School District received a $24,106 check from OPALCO to reimburse the district for energy conserving lighting upgrades in the high school gyms. Rod Turnbull, District Athletic Director said the district investment in lighting upgrades is estimated to be paid off in three years and the savings in energy costs should be substantial.


Former county planner catalyst of dam removal project

San Juan County residents thought Rick Rutz handled controversial issues during his tenure as a long-range planner - guesthouses, definitions of resource lands, Urban Growth Areas, little did they know.

Rutz played an instrumental role in the historic tear-down of two dams, which begins next month, resulting in the opening up of 70 miles of the Elwha river and its tributaries.

He convinced conservation groups the Federal Power Act of 1921 prohibited hydroelectric dams in national parks. Rutz is not a lawyer, but wrote the legal intervention for the first four conservation groups - Olympic Park Associates, Seattle Audubon Society, Sierra Club, and Friends of the Earth - who intervened before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.


The argument: the expiration of the 50-year license of Glines Canyon Dam (built illegally inside the park) should be treated as a new license application, and the lower Elwha Dam should not be licensed.

The source of this information is Voice of the Wild Olympics.


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