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Massive public-lands bill passes Congress with big implications for Washington state

https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/environment/massive-public-lands-bill-passes-congress-with-big-implications-for-washington-state/?utm_source=RSS&utm_medium=Referral&utm_campaign=RSS_environmentVisit The Seattle Times. The House passed the bill, 363-62, on Tuesday. It includes several provisions that will impact Washington state. Original Title: Massive public-lands bill passes Congress with big implications for Washington state Full […]

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EPA ices Washington state’s effort to regulate hot water in Columbia, Snake rivers

https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/environment/epa-ices-washington-states-effort-to-regulate-hot-water-in-columbia-snake-rivers/?utm_source=RSS&utm_medium=Referral&utm_campaign=RSS_environmentVisit The Seattle Times. The EPA had issued draft permits to the state Ecology department for review, but yanked them last week — effectively stopping the state’s effort to regulate water quality at the federal […]

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West Coast’s biggest starfish vanishing amid disease, warming oceans, study finds

https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/environment/starfish-slaughter-along-west-coast-imperils-biggest-starfish-of-all-as-oceans-warm/?utm_source=RSS&utm_medium=Referral&utm_campaign=RSS_environmentVisit The Seattle Times. A new study reveals the recent widespread die-off of starfish — linked to climate change, warming oceans and a disease epidemic — imperils the biggest starfish of all, the sunflower star. […]

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Decade of heavy storms has helped Northwest glaciers, but don’t expect that to last, studies show

https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/environment/decade-of-heavy-storms-has-helped-northwest-glaciers-but-dont-expect-trend-to-last-studies-show/?utm_source=RSS&utm_medium=Referral&utm_campaign=RSS_environmentVisit The Seattle Times. A first-of-its-kind survey shows just how much the region’s glaciers have melted over the past decades as the climate warms. It also shows how changes in atmospheric patterns may have masked […]

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After 20 years and $1 billion spent on Washington state salmon programs, fish still declining, new report says

https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/environment/after-20-years-and-1-billion-spent-on-washington-state-salmon-programs-fish-still-declining-new-report-says/?utm_source=RSS&utm_medium=Referral&utm_campaign=RSS_environmentVisit The Seattle Times. The 2018 State of the Salmon report by the Governor’s Salmon Recovery Office paints a sobering picture. Original Title: After 20 years and $1 billion spent on Washington state salmon programs, […]

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New orca calf spotted among Puget Sound’s critically endangered killer whales

https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/environment/new-orca-calf-spotted-among-puget-sounds-critically-endangered-killer-whales/?utm_source=RSS&utm_medium=Referral&utm_campaign=RSS_environmentVisit The Seattle Times. The J, K and L pods have not had a successful pregnancy in three years. Scientists caution the new calf might not survive, meeting the same fate as other recent calves. […]

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Officials seek dam upgrades in alpine-lake wilderness to help salmon, water demand

https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/environment/officials-seek-dam-upgrades-in-alpine-lake-wilderness-to-help-salmon-water-demand/?utm_source=RSS&utm_medium=Referral&utm_campaign=RSS_environmentVisit The Seattle Times. After years of negotiations, the Icicle Working Group has released its plan to improve conditions for salmon and people who rely on consistent water supply during drought and climate change. Original […]

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Unprecedented pact on spill in Columbia and Snake rivers draws skepticism, praise

https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/environment/unprecedented-pact-on-spill-in-columbia-and-snake-rivers-draws-skepticism-praise/?utm_source=RSS&utm_medium=Referral&utm_campaign=RSS_environmentVisit The Seattle Times. The agreement among BPA, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Bureau of Reclamation, the states of Oregon and Washington, and the Nez Perce Tribe, is intended to benefit both fish and […]