OLYMPIA – The Department of Ecology (Ecology) is acquiring water rights from the Big Lake Water Association, a public water system near Mount Vernon, which will provide water for new homes in a water-short subbasin of the Skagit River watershed.
We are officially heading into summer and the start of the harbor seal pupping season on the San Juan Islands. Once it begins, seal pups are sometimes encountered on the beach and there are some important things to remember.
Islanders on the north end of San Juan Island felt a jolt last night when a 2.8 earthquake 7.7 miles NNW of Friday Harbor struck. "There was a single, sudden jolt of the whole house and something in the kitchen rattled loudly," wrote one San Juan Island woman.
A 2.36 aftershock occurred at 7 miles NNW of Friday Harbor.
Did you feel it? You can scientists collect data about earthquakes by reporting via the internet.
"The Northwest is square in the middle of a controversial global debate: Should the region build export terminals that would open lucrative markets for the world’s dirtiest fossil fuel at a time when the planet is facing a climate crisis? As the U.S. economy continues to struggle, can the country afford not to?"
PRESS RELEASE: Washington, D.C. Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn and Climate Solutions Policy Director and Power Past Coal representative KC Golden testified at a congressional hearing on the environmental, health and economic impacts from coal exports. The House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on Energy and Power held the hearing on U.S. Energy Abundance: Regulatory, Market, and Legal Barriers to Export.
Agency will pursue other measures to protect honey bees for now
OLYMPIA – After a 60-day review period, the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) has decided not to pursue rulemaking to limit the use of neonicotinoid insecticides on ornamental plants.
(Public News Service) SEATTLE - It's one of the most exciting times of year for bird-lovers in the Northwest. An intensive spring migration is under way, when more than 3 billion birds head north to Canada's boreal forest. This prime nesting ground for North America's birds is the largest intact forest in the world.
Experts Make Case for More Cooperation Between Agencies
(Public News Service) SEATTLE - The Environmental Protect Agency is being urged to do a better job of considering the effects that pesticides have on endangered fish and wildlife.