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Update: The Water and Salmon Committee's Campaign to Restore a Free-flowing Lower Snake River

Did you know that as a member of the Sierra Club, you're part of the twelve-year coalition effort to protect and restore the Pacific Northwest’s one-of-a-kind salmon by removing the four lower Snake River dams? We're working together to replace these dams' limited services with clean and affordable alternatives. Our effort approaches an important milestone in federal court this spring.

Last year, the Obama Administration submitted its 2010 Columbia and Snake River salmon and steelhead plan - which it inherited from the Bush Administration and subsequently adopted - to Judge James Redden for his approval. Salmon and fishing advocates immediately asked the court to reject this plan as inadequate and illegal. After a series of illegal plans, it is time for a new approach and a new plan that will work for both people and salmon.

Environmental Groups Take Action to Reduce Oil Companies’ Climate Pollution

August 24, 2010

Washington refineries are responsible for almost 8% of state’s global warming pollution output

SEATTLE, Wash – Today, Washington Environmental Council and the Cascade Chapter of the Sierra Club sent a 60-day notice of their intent to file a lawsuit in federal court seeking regulation of greenhouse gas emissions from BP’s Cherry Point oil refinery and four other oil refineries in Washington State. Together Washington refineries account for an estimated 8% of the state’s global warming pollution output, making the sector one of the largest single contributors of greenhouse gas emissions in Washington.

Wild Olympics Campaign Website Launched!

The Sierra Club is a founding member of the Wild Olympics Campaign,  a coalition working to protect watersheds on the Olympic Peninsula. 

Just a few of days ago, the Wild Olympics Campaign launched its official campaign website:  www.wildolympics.org    

Over the past year, the Campaign has been reaching out to other local stakeholders to build support listen to concerns and get feedback on our draft proposal. We have met with
timber interests, local elected officials, Tribes, conservation groups, backcountry horsemen, mountain bikers, businesses, community leaders, sport and commercial fishermen and other local residents.  Along the way we have found plenty of support, but our work is no where near over. 

2010 Election Endorsements by the Sierra Club, Cascade Chapter

If you want laws that will help solve the problem of global warming, protect clean water, clean air and our parks and forests, then check out our endorsed candidates and vote!

Energy and Conservation Groups Seek to Preserve State Energy Efficiency Rules

At Risk—Consumers’ Ability to Save Millions, Global Warming Pollution Reductions

July 6, 2010

Tacoma, WA --  Energy and conservation groups today filed court papers to defend Washington’s energy efficiency standards – standards that will save consumers millions of dollars and reduce harmful global warming pollution – against a lawsuit that aims to dismantle them.

The legal intervention by Earthjustice, NW Energy Coalition, Washington Environmental Council, Sierra Club, and Natural Resources Defense Council, filed in U.S. District Court in Tacoma, comes in response to a lawsuit by the Building Industry Association of Washington. The industry group has asked the court to strike down updated energy- saving standards for new homes built in Washington State, claiming that federal law prevents the state from requiring home builders to use energy efficient design elements in new construction projects. Energy advocates maintain the new rules comply with all federal requirements and should be implemented immediately.

200 People Join Hands at Golden Gardens Beach

June 26, 2010

Contact: Ethan Bergerson, Sierra Club, 206 552 0675, ethan.bergerson@sierraclub.org

 Seattle Citizens Participate in Largest Gathering Against Offshore Drilling in History

Seattle, WA - On June 26, residents of Seattle joined the largest nationwide gathering against offshore drilling ever held. Citizens met at Golden Gardens Park and joined hands as part of a national Hands Across the Sand day of action.

Washington State Conservationists Needed to Help Frame Obama Administration's America Great Outdoors Initiative

What:  In April, at the White House Conference on America’s Great Outdoors, President Obama established the America’s Great Outdoors Initiative to develop a conservation and recreation agenda worthy of the century and to reconnect Americans with our great outdoors. The President understands that protecting and restoring the lands and waters that we love and reconnecting people to the outdoors must be community driven and supported. 

We in the Puget Sound region have an unprecedented opportunity to influence public lands conservation for the foreseeable future. The Obama Administration has selected Seattle as one of their kick-off locations to listen to the public and discover new positive ideas for preserving America’s treasured landscapes. We can ensure that the administration will learn from the great success stories of local conservation efforts in Washington State and the Puget Sound region, and incorporate those success stories in developing the America Great Outdoors Initiative.

Help Salmon and Orcas . . . Plant a Rain Garden

Protect our water . . . one rain garden at a time!

The Problem:
Urban storm water runoff or rain water collects pesticides, bacteria, hydrocarbons, and metals and transports this pollution into the Puget Sound.  To survive, endangered wild salmon and orcas need to receive clean, non-toxic water.

RAIN GARDENS - An Easy Solution:
Rain gardens are a type of low impact landscaping that diverts rain water into the ground instead of storm drains.  The native plant species in the garden help collect, filter, and absorb pollutants from storm water runoff.  The water then ends up in Puget Sound cleaner for salmon, orcas, and all marine life.

Big Oil Bailout Blocked in Senate



June 10, 2010
Contact: Kathleen Ridihalgh, 206-378-0114 x305

Senators Murray and Cantwell Voted against Murkowski Resolution that Would’ve Impeded Global Warming Action and Washington’s Clean Car rule

SEATTLE - The Cascade Chapter of the Sierra Club praised Senators Murray and Cantwell today for voting against a resolution that would have bailed out Big Oil and blocked the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from enforcing the Clean Air Act to reduce global warming pollution. Senator Lisa Murkowski’s disapproval resolution failed on a vote of 53-47.

"It would have been remarkably irresponsible to allow polluters to be exempted from even more environmental laws as oil continues to gush into the gulf," said Kathleen Ridihalgh, Sr. Field Representative for the Sierra Club. "Now is the time to crack down on these industries, not let them off the hook. We commend Senators Murray and Cantwell for taking a stand. The Senate did the right thing by rejecting this measure."

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