Washington Begins Process To Update Rules For Protecting Salmon, Steelhead, Orcas From Toxic Chemicals

June 24th, 2022

The Washington Department of Ecology has started the rulemaking process to update the state’s aquatic life toxics criteria to reflect new information about toxic chemicals. Among the species of aquatic life that needs protecting are endangered chinook salmon, steelhead and Orca whales.

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Washington Implements Incident Command System To Battle Habitat-Destroying Invasive Green Crabs: 64,000 Removed This Year

June 23rd, 2022

Deployment of emergency measures to control invasive European green crabs on the Washington Coast and at sites within the Salish Sea is well underway, including the implementation of an Incident Command System to facilitate statewide coordination between various agencies, tribes, and partners.

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USFWS Seeks ESA Rule Change To Allow Listed Species Impacted By Climate Change To Be Introduced Outside Historical Ranges

June 8th, 2022

In the first Endangered Species Act interpretive rule produced under the Biden Administration, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing to revise regulations under the ESA to better facilitate recovery by allowing for the introduction of listed species to suitable habitats outside of their historical ranges.

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Washington Seeks Comment On Draft EIS For Proposed ‘Pumped Storage’ Project Near John Day Dam; Tribal Resources Would Be Impacted

June 8th, 2022

The Washington Department of Ecology is seeking comment on a draft environmental impact statement for the proposed Goldendale Energy Storage Project adjacent to the Columbia River near the John Day Dam. The document details the project’s negative impacts to tribal cultural areas.

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