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Duwamish River Cleanup
4:36 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

EPA Releases $305M Draft Clean Up Plan For Seattle's Duwamish River

For over a decade, state and federal agencies have been trying to figure out how to clean up Seattle’s Duwamish River. The Duwamish was declared a superfund site in 2001. It’s contaminated with dioxins, PCBs and other hazardous chemicals left over from years of industrial use. The Environmental Protection Agency has just released their proposed plan for public review.

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Climate Change
4:54 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

Governor Inslee: "No Immediate Plans" For A Price On Carbon Emissions

Governor Jay Inslee made one of his first public appearances since his inauguration at a breakfast for the Capitol Land Trust in Olympia on Tuesday. Several hundred people gathered for the conservation group’s annual breakfast.

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Ocean Acidification
3:58 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

Washington To Consider Ocean Acidification Legislation

In recent years, millions of larval oysters in Northwest hatcheries have died.
Credit NOAA website

 In recent years, millions of larval oysters in Northwest hatcheries have died because the water has become too corrosive for them to form their shells. Washington could be the first state in the country to introduce legislation to deal with the economic and environmental threats posed by ocean acidification.

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Animals
1:07 pm
Mon January 21, 2013

To Catch A Marten: Seeking Clues In Olympic National Forest

A group of volunteers is helping biologists see whether there are any martens left in the Olympic National Forest in Washington state.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Originally published on Tue January 22, 2013 6:01 am

It's about 25 degrees on a clear Saturday morning when Gregg Treinish — executive director of Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation, a nonprofit that puts volunteers to work gathering data for scientists around the world — gathers a small group of outdoor adventurers around him near the Duckabush River in the Olympic National Forest in Washington state.

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Climate Change
5:47 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

What Climate Change Means For Seattle's Waterfront

Over half of of Harbor Island would be under water in a regular high tide event in 2050.
Credit Joe Mabel / Wikimedia Commons

On Monday the Seattle City Council announced a new plan to take action on climate change. As global temperatures rise, so does sea level, and some reports predict that by the year 2050 key parts of Seattle could be underwater at high tide.

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Carbon Tax
5:43 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

Taxing Carbon To Pay For Transportation Infrastructure

Keeping up with transportation infrastructure isn’t cheap. The Washington State Transportation Commission estimates that in the next 20 years around $200 billion needs to be put towards the maintenance of roads, ferries and more.

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Ocean Acidification
4:58 pm
Tue November 27, 2012

Gregoire Announces 3.3 Million To Tackle Ocean Acidification

A new report released by Gov. Gregoire calls for more research on the local causes of ocean acidification.
Credit Pessimist / Wikimedia Commons

Gov. Chris Gregoire has just released a long awaited report on ocean acidification. At a public ceremony today she announced major funding for the execution of some of the report’s recommendations.

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Northwest News
6:13 am
Wed October 17, 2012

Stormwater Called The "Single Largest Contributor To Urban Pollution

Close up of a storm drain.
Photo Credit: Ashley Ahearn

Human beings are really good at paving stuff. Such as parking lots and roads.  Our development patterns have very real effects on water quality.

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Fire Interferes With Salmon Spawning
6:09 am
Mon October 15, 2012

Fire In Western Wash. Raises Fears For Spawning Salmon

Photo of Johns Creek.
Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons

A fire that burned roughly 250 acres in Mason County two weeks ago has been put out. Now biologists are concerned about the potential impacts on local salmon runs.

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Washington Wildfires
6:11 am
Thu October 11, 2012

Fire In Western Wash. Raises Fears For Spawning Salmon

A fire that burned roughly 250 acres in Mason County last week has been put out. Now biologists are concerned about the potential impacts on local salmon runs. Ashley Ahearn reports for EarthFix.

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