environment

Wolf Kill Ban
6:57 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Ketchum City Council Passes Resolution to Use Non-Lethal Tactics to Control Wolf Population

Ketchum, Idaho is asking the state to collaborate on a project that helps ranchers use alternative measures against wolves.
Credit U.S. Fish & Wildlife

The resort town of Ketchum, Idaho is asking the state to back off on killing wolves. They say it’s bad for business. Last night, the Ketchum City Council passed a resolution urging wildlife managers to use non-lethal tactics to control the wolf population.


Read more
Wildlife Killings
6:25 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

Groups Plan To Sue Over Feds' Wildlife-Killing Tactics In Idaho

A breeding alpha female wolf was killed this past week by a federally contracted sharpshooter who shot the wrong wolf.
Credit USDA / Northwest News Network

Four environmental groups say they will sue the government to stop what they call the unlawful killing of wildlife in Idaho. They say tactics like shooting wolves from helicopters, blowing up beaver dams and spraying lethal chemicals in the wild have caused widespread damage.

The groups sent notice that they intend to sue the USDA's Wildlife Services program.

Travis Bruner heads the Hailey, Idaho-based Western Watersheds Project. It's one of the groups that joined the impending lawsuit.

Read more
River Clean Up
6:15 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

New Coordination for Duwamish/Green River Clean Up

A photo from the King County website, which monitors the stream and river quality of the Green-Duwamish River watershed.
Credit King County / http://www.kingcounty.gov/

Seattle-area officials say they're improving their plan to clean up the Duwamish and Green River watershed.

King County Executive Dow Constantine and Seattle Mayor Ed Murray announced plans Monday that they say will boost cleanup efforts.

The strategy calls for coordinating the work of governments, non-profits, and businesses already involved in the cleanup.

Constantine says bringing all the players together will improve the chances that the cleanup will work, permanently.

Read more
Illia Dunes Closed
5:54 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

Epic Swim Hole, Party Spot Closed After Strewn With Trash, Feces

The Dunes were crowded with party-goers Saturday.
Credit U.S. Army Corps Of Engineers / Northwest News Network

In Eastern Washington, an epic swim hole and university party spot on public land was just closed down. This past weekend, nearly 2,000 people mobbed the spot. The horde littered the place known as “The Dunes” with trash, adult-beverage containers and … well, other leavings. 

Read more
alpha wolf killed
8:14 am
Mon September 8, 2014

Wolf Shot By State Was Alpha Female

Credit Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife

The helicopter shooting of a wolf in northeastern Washington didn’t go as planned. A sharp shooter took out the livestock-killing pack’s alpha female. Officials worry that could lower the pack’s chances of survival.

Read more
Wolf Pack Kill
9:02 am
Fri September 5, 2014

Washington Sharpshooter Accidentally Kills Breeding Female

Credit Serge Melki / Flickr

KING 5 reports that a federal contractor hired to kill wolves hunting Washington sheep has accidentally killed the pack's alpha breeding female.

The pack, known as the Huckleberry Pack, has been preying on sheep in northern Stevens County.

Read more
Oil Spill Risk
8:53 am
Fri September 5, 2014

Conservation Groups Concerned Oil Spill Would Harm Wildlife

An oil train moves through Skagit County in Western Washington, headed to refineries in the Northwestern part of the state.
Credit Katie Campbell / EarthFix

More oil trains traveling along the Columbia River and Puget Sound mean an increased risk for oil spills. Conservation groups worry methods to clean up those spills could harm sensitive wildlife.

Read more
Wilderness Act
8:47 am
Tue September 2, 2014

The Golden Anniversary For Wilderness In America

Wildflowers at the foot of the Goat Rocks, the remains of an ancient and now extinct volcano in the Goat Rocks Wilderness of Washington's Cascades.
Credit David Steves / EarthFix

When you consider how long mountains, forests and deserts have been a part of the American landscape, 50 years is the blink of an eye.

But it’s something of a milestone when a law protecting these places turns 50. That’s happening this week.

To kick off our series on Wilderness, David Steves from our EarthFix team hiked into Washington’s Cascade Mountains. He brings us this report on what a half-century of wilderness protection has meant for a place called the Goat Rocks.

Read more
Air Pollution
5:46 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

EPA Says Idaho Must Clean Up The Air In The Silver Valley

The EPA has given Idaho notice that a corner of the Idaho panhandle isn't meeting stricter new air quality standards, one cause likely being wood-burning.
Credit MegLearner / pixabay

The EPA has given the state of Idaho notice that a corner of the Idaho panhandle isn't meeting stricter new air quality standards. The agency intends to change that by forcing the state to reduce what are called “fine particulates” in the air.

Read more
Coal Export Dock
7:30 am
Tue August 19, 2014

Oregon Denies Permit For Controversial Coal Export Dock

Several Columbia River tribes asked the state of Oregon to deny a permit for a controversial coal export dock at this site in Boardman.
Credit Columbia River Intertribal Fish Commission

The state of Oregon Monday denied a controversial permit for a coal export dock on the Columbia River. For EarthFix, Cassandra Profita reports.

Read more

Pages