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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."

Working Snake River for Washington: A New Approach to Resolving Columbia Basin Salmon Crisis

The Sierra Club, Cascade Chapter proudly announces its participation in a new project – Working Snake River for Washington - a collaboration of conservationists, clean energy proponents, salmon and orca advocates, fishermen, and businesses. After the government’s two-decade, multi-billion dollar failure to craft a lawful plan that protects the Columbia Basin’s wild salmon and steelhead from extinction, it is time for a new approach.

We are asking Senators Murray and Cantwell to help bring together key stakeholders to craft a comprehensive, durable plan that works for both people and salmon.

Last week, 60 leaders from eastern Washington jump-started the conversation by sending a letter asking for help to Senators Murray and Cantwell. Read the Eastside Letter here: http://www.workingsnakeriver.org/images/stories/snakeriver/pdf/murray-cantwell/MurrayCantwellLetterFinalAp29.pdf

Protect the Interests of Seattle's Most Vulnerable Populations

June 3, 2010

Dear Seattle City Council Members,

As you consider the terms of agreements for cost sharing and construction of the SR 99 deep bore tunnel project, we, the undersigned, encourage you to take actions to protect the interests of Seattle’s most vulnerable populations.

Low income residents, the elderly, children, and communities of color have little to gain from the proposed bored tunnel. They also have the most to lose in the unfortunate event of tunnel cost overruns. We ask that you take actions now to ensure that programs which serve the needs of these populations are not put at further risk if cost overruns occur. Specifically, we urge you to ensure that the state will take full responsibility for tunnel cost overruns, or to develop clear and transparent policy that indicates exactly how the city will pay for any tunnel cost overruns that might occur should the city be responsible as the Legislature intends.

Time for Washington State to Move Beyond Coal

While discussions go on about whether to continue to operate Washington's only coal plant in Centralia, guest columnist Ted Nace argues that it is time for the state to move beyond coal.

The recent explosion that killed 29 miners in West Virginia reminds us that coal remains an American tragedy, but for residents of Washington state that tragedy may seem safely distant. 

Not so. The continuing dominance of Big Coal as a supplier of U.S. electricity affects us all, from the safety of our food to the balance in our checkbooks.

Conservation Challenges 30 Years After the Eruption -- Mount Saint Helens


Mt. St. Helens National Volcanic Monument
  Conservation Challenges 30 years after the Eruption       
by Charlie Raines                    

(photo of Mt. St. Helens Spirit Lake by Susan Saul)

The Mt. St. Helens area is a unique and stunning landscape of international importance. It is the site of great geologic events with numerous eruptions, ash deposits and lava flows. It also has ecological treasures such as the old-growth forests of the Green River, the swirling blowdown on Mt. Margaret and newly formed lakes. It provides a unique scientific laboratory to study the response of the ecosystem to a major transforming event in 1980. Those responses vary dramatically in type and speed over the past 30 years, depending on the locale, the surviving plants and animals and the myriad effects of climate, continuing geologic changes and adjacent forest lands. From the smallest bacteria to the largest elk, the changes at Mt. St. Helens continue.

Our efforts to conserve the full expanse of those marvelous landscapes and biologic diversity must also continue.

Oil Spill Disaster Sparks "Deadly Energy" Protest

Group Rallies Against "Dirty Energy Addiction" Over I-5 In Seattle

"On the heels of the Washington Tesoro deadly explosion and the Massey mine tragedy, we have officially hit rock bottom in terms of our dirty energy addiction," said Kathleen Ridihalgh, Sr. Regional Field Manager for the Sierra Club.


Sierra Club's Washington State Legislative Priorities

This year's Legislature was another challenging and dangerous one for the Environment - Continued budget troubles threatened key environmental programs and a Republican Senate pushed policies that would set Environmental protections back decades. At the Sierra Club, we know that the environmental protections we rely on to protect our health and quality of life are also essential to a long-term sustainable economy. Our priorities reflect how vital strong environmental values are, especially in tough economic times.

  Our priorities for the  Legislature are:

Youth Nationwide Get Outside and Celebrate Nature

March 31, 2010
Contact: Oliver Bernstein, Sierra Club, 512.289.8618

Get Outside Day! 2010 encourages hundreds of young leaders to declare their connection to the outdoors.

Washington, D.C. – This week, hundreds of young people across the nation are abandoning the couch, unplugging laptops, silencing cell phones and heading outdoors to celebrate the second annual Get Outside Day! on April 3, 2010. Throughout this week they are declaring themselves "Natural Leaders," youth who enjoy getting out in nature and want to encourage others to follow in their footsteps.