Bipartisan Legislation One Step Closer to Preserving Additions to Alpine Lakes Wilderness and Portions of the Pratt River and the Middle Fork Snoqualmie River
SEATTLE — March 18, 2010 Supporters of the Alpine Lakes Wilderness Additions and the Pratt and Middle Fork Snoqualmie Rivers Protection Act (H.R. 1769 / S. 721) celebrated as the legislation moved closer to final passage.
The measure, which passed out of the House of Representatives today, would protect an additional 22,000 acres of wilderness adjoining the existing Alpine Lakes Wilderness Area and would add 10 miles of the Pratt River and nearly 30 miles of the Middle Fork of the Snoqualmie River to the National Wild and Scenic River System. Washington wilderness supporters thanked Representative Dave Reichert for his continuing leadership, advocacy and bipartisan approach to protecting the wilderness and free-flowing rivers in the North Cascades.
Columbia Basin Farmers Rejoice But Some Environmentalists Worry Over Plans For A Key Irrigation PipelinePosted by Terri Morgan on March 14, 2010 - 2:16pm
By, Craig Welch, The Seattle Times
OTHELLO, Adams County
Orman Johnson's spuds are out of the ground now, piled in sheds longer than football fields, each stuffed with enough tubers to feed Seattle for half a year.
Like most of Washington's 9 billion pounds of potatoes, the farmer's thirsty crop is grown where less rain falls annually than Seattle may get in six weeks. And the well water that supplies Johnson's farm is disappearing.
By Daniel Jack Chasan
Gray wolves are back, gliding through the forests of eastern Washington and the Cascades. The Lookout pack is producing pups in the Methow Valley, near Twisp. Seven wolves, an alpha male and female, a yearling and last year's four pups, have been traveling through 350 square miles, eating black-tailed and mule deer primarily, but also munching the occasional muskrat or beaver. Last year, on the banks of the Twisp River, they were seen eating salmon.
The Diamond pack is roaming the northeastern corner of the state, where grizzly bears and mountain caribou also wander down into the Salmo-Priest wilderness. There seem to be wolves in the southeastern corner, across the border from the two packs that have been identified in Oregon's Wallowa Mountain and Hell's Canyon area. Other wolves have been sighted in Mount Rainier National Park, although no one knows whether or not they're hybrids.
Wolves hold a very special badass image in European language and myth. They are seen as voracious ("wolfing down" one's food); unusually predatory (a "wolf whistle" directed at a pretty woman); a metaphor for human aggression ("The Assyrian came down like the wolf on the fold.").
by GARY CHITTIM / KING 5 News, Posted on March 8, 2010 at 5:58 PM
Development around Port Susan had left it polluted with fecal coliform. Human and animal waste had been flowing into the shallow bay and mudflats for decades.
But 12 years ago, the tribe decided to do something.
Posted By Jordan Schrader on March 8, 2010 at 6:06 pm
Pierce Transit and its Snohomish County counterpart, Community Transit, say they need funding to stave off cuts to bus service. They want authority to levy a $20 fee on vehicles in the county without voter approval, or a bigger fee if voters permit.
THE BELLINGHAM HERALD
- KIE RELYEA
BELLINGHAM - The city has received a $350,000 federal grant for a project to reduce carbon emissions by reducing energy use.
The money comes from the Environmental Protection Agency through its new Climate Showcase Communities program. Bellingham is among the first cities in the nation to be awarded such a grant - becoming one out of 25 to receive the money from a pool of 450 applicants, according to a city news release.
From the Desk of Art Kaufman Member, Activist and Donor
Several years ago I attended a luncheon where Governor Gregoire spoke to over 100 national and local members of the Sierra Club. Without notes and for over 20 minutes, she delivered one of the most inspirational messages about concern for the environment that I had ever heard from a major political figure. She pledged her commitment to flora, to fauna, to the land, and to water and clean air. She received a well deserved, rousing ovation. Global warming and resultant climate changes are today’s real and imminent dangers. The principle cause is the increasing emission of carbon dioxide gas, most of which comes from burning coal to generate electricity. As a result, the Sierra Club has initiated a ‘Beyond Coal Campaign’. Nationally, they have been active in preventing over 100 new coal burning electric generating plants from leaving the drawing boards. Locally, they want Washington to be the first coal-free state: free of coal burning in our state and free of importing coal generated electricity from out of state.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 18, 2010
CONTACT: Josh Dorner, 202.675.2384
Washington, D.C.-- The White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) today issued three new draft guidance documents with regards to the implementation of the National Environmental Policy Act, which has now been protecting our environment for 40 years. In addition to the draft guidance on global warming emissions and climate change, CEQ also issued guidance on mitigation and monitoring and establishing and applying categorical exclusions.
Full details on all three are available at: http://bit.ly/clfwZB
Statement of Carl Pope, Sierra Club Executive Director
"The National Environmental Policy Act is one our nation's most important and most successful environmental laws. It's very encouraging to see that after 40 years of success in protecting our environment, the Obama administration is adapting the law to help it better address the greatest environmental challenge of today--climate change. Given the impacts of global warming pollution, considering these emissions under NEPA is clearly the right thing to do.
by Sara Kiesler on Mon, Feb 8, 2010
Big Oil dug its hands into Seattle last year, helping defeat the disposable bag fee with an unprecedented dump of cash—and they’re putting similar pressure on the state capitol right now.
In Olympia, two bills (one in the house and senate) introduced last Friday would raise the tax on oil imported into the state. The update is called the Clean Water Act of 2010, but the original 0.7 percent tax on hazardous materials was passed by voter initiative in 1987 as part of Initiative 97.