A low-power dam threatens the South Fork Skykomish River, currently designated a Washington State Scenic River to protect it from hydropower dams. It is also protected by the Northwest Energy & Conservation Council for its valuable fish and wildlife, many of which are on the Endangered Species List.
You can help protect the South Fork Skykomish River from the Sunset Falls dam proposed by Snohomish Public Utilities District (PUD). The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is taking comments on the PUD proposal.
Please read why the Sierra Club and our allies oppose a dam at Sunset Falls and follow the instructions below to submit your comments to FERC. Comments are being accepted through Sunday December 1st.
December 4: Prepare for the Dec. 11 Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council (EFSEC) Hearing (Spokane)Posted by Elisabeth Keating
Washington's Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council (EFSEC) is coming to Spokane on Dec. 11th to hear our community's concerns about Tesoro Savage's proposal to build the largest crude oil transit terminal on the West Coast at the Port of Vancouver, Washington. If approved, crude oil would be transported by rail from the Bakken fields in North Dakota and tar sands in Canada, directly through Spokane, to Vancouver, Washington.
To help you prepare for the December 11th hearing, we will host an advocacy training / workshop at the GU School of Law moot court room.
The Food and Drug Administration is considering approving a genetically-engineered salmon.
Never before has a genetically-modified animal been approved for human consumption. And yet, the FDA's review has been insufficient, failing to consider broad environmental and public health risks from GMO salmon.
AquaBounty, the company that is producing the GM salmon says they won't be able to cross-breed, and yet their own data suggest that 5% of the eggs they produce and transport around the world may not be sterile. If released accidentally, these transgenic fish could severely endanger natural fish populations.
Please join us in celebrating the great work of our volunteers and staff, and all the people who worked so hard to make 2013 a success. We will also be honoring our special guest: Mayor Mike McGinn.
2013 was a year of big accomplishments. We voiced overwhelming opposition to the proposed Longview coal export terminal, held polluters accountable while fighting for clean air and water on both sides of the Cascades, and much more.
Beer, wine, and appetizers will be provided for your enjoyment!
When: Thursday Dec. 12, 6 PM - 9 PM
Where: Fremont Abbey, 4272 Fremont Avenue North, Seattle WA 98103
Agency plan lacks measurable standards, fails to acknowledge impacts on massive Superfund cleanup
Spokane: November 26, 2013 - Today, a coalition of conservation organizations and individuals filed a formal objection to the draft record of decision (ROD) to the revised Idaho Panhandle National Forest Plan. The group includes Alliance for the Wild Rockies, Sierra Club’s Idaho Chapter and Upper Columbia River Group, Kootenai Environmental Alliance, Selkirk Conservation Alliance, Friends of the Clearwater, Paul Sieracki and Barry Rosenberg. The groups and individuals maintain the newly revised forest plan is not accountable to the public and short changes vitally important resources like water quality, fish and wildlife habitat, maintenance of ancient forest and old growth reserves, recommended wilderness, wilderness administration, and wildland values including recreation. The groups and individuals came together to address serious problems on the biologically important Idaho Panhandle National Forests.
Join us on December 7th for a hike to Pine and Cedar Lakes just south of Bellingham. Read the Washington Trails Association's description of this lovely winter hike.
This is a moderately challenging day hike with tremendous views of the lakes, Mt. Baker and Puget Sound along renowned Chuckanut Drive. More details to come, but expect an early carpool time in Everett (8:00 AM ish) before proceeding to the trailhead. As always when hiking in winter, plan to bring waterproof layers, extra food and water, and boots/hearty shoes.
On Nov. 8, 1993, Sara Patton left Seattle City Light to take the helm of the Northwest’s foremost clean energy alliance. Twenty years to the day later, on Nov. 8, 2013, we’ll come together to celebrate – with gratitude and humor — Sara’s two glorious decades as executive director for the NW Energy Coalition!
Sara has charted an amazing course. She’s combined the unparalleled talents of her energy policy staff with the reach of more than 100 diverse member groups and allies from across the region to forge a powerful force for clean and affordable energy.
Please join us in Seattle on Friday evening, Nov. 8 to celebrate Sara, and to support the NW Energy Coalition which, following Sara’s lead, moves our region toward the energy future all of us want. See you there! Come prepared to laugh your socks off.
Stroll along ancient conifers at a photographers' pace. This trail is less than 3.5 miles and is suitable for all ages. We'll take the few hills at a slow pace. Depending on time, weather and interest we may explore other trails in the park. Carpooling to the site recommended.
Leader: Tom Crisp, Snohomish Group
Complete details and sign up at: www.meetup.com/Sierra-Club-Outings-Washington-State/events/148807702
The recent oil spill in North Dakota, the train derailment and explosions in Lac-Magantic, Quebec, the pipeline breach along the Kalamazoo River in 2010, and the grounding of the Exxon-Valdez tanker in 1989 are reminders that accidents happen and have devastating consequences. Especially, when it comes to transporting oil.
We are facing a growing risk as more oil is transported along the Columbia River, across the Puget Sound, and through the outer coast. The risks are wide ranging from oil spills along rails, marine, and pipeline routes to explosions to train traffic congestion to increased carbon emissions to degradation of habitat in the areas proposed for expansion.
This summer, President Obama committed the U.S. to be a global leader on curbing climate disruption and proposed that we start by limiting carbon pollution from power plants.
Currently, there are no limits on the amount of carbon pollution spewed into the air by power plants like PSE's aging Colstrip power plant in Montana. We can no longer to afford to rely on dirty, imported coal power. Coal power costs our wallets, health and the environment too much. It's time to fully transition from dirty coal to clean energy!
The EPA is hosting listening sessions to gauge support for taking action to limit carbon pollution from power plants. One of these sessions is in Seattle on November 7. There will be strong opposition to these new limits from the fossil fuel industry, so we need your help to show strong support for bold action to address climate disruption