Environment

[9/6/19] West Coast Ocean Heatwave Concerning

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Federal scientists say they are monitoring a new ocean heat wave off the U.S. West Coast. Researchers with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Thursday the expanse of unusually warm water stretches from Alaska to California, and it resembles a similar heatwave that disrupted marine life five years ago. It remains to be seen […]

[9/5/19] Bat White Nose Syndrome In Cle Elum

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White-nose syndrome, an often-fatal disease of hibernating bats, has been confirmed for the first time east of the Cascade Range. Kittitas County is the fourth county in Washington affected by the disease, joining King, Pierce, and Lewis counties. The State Department of Fish and Wildlife received four dead bats from a landowner outside of Cle […]

[9/3/19] Drones to Identify Salmon Spawning Nests

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Starting this month and going through November of 2019, biologists in North Central Washington will use drones to count salmon spawning nests. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife will partner with Washington State University on a research project to use an unmanned aerial vehicle to advance conservation efforts for summer Chinook salmon. They’re working […]

[9/3/19] Protecting Salmon May Include Killing Sealions

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More than 1,100 sea lions could be killed annually along a stretch of the Columbia River to boost faltering populations of salmon and steelhead. Billions of dollars have been spent in Idaho, Oregon and Washington to save 13 species of Columbia Basin salmon and steelhead protected under the Endangered Species Act. The National Marine Fisheries […]

[9/3/19] Cannabis Waste Growing

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A Washington cannabis company has offered to collect and properly dispose of any waste from other marijuana stores. Canna Culture Shop began the pot waste program early this week to help reduce the impact marijuana waste has on the environment. Owner Maryam Mirnateghi said the program is meant to keep cannabis packaging from ending up […]

[8/29/19] WDFW Cancel Wolf Meetings

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The state has canceled a series of wolf-related meetings, saying it fears they might be accompanied by violence. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife announced the cancellations at a Wolf Advisory Group meeting on Tuesday. The department is planning for a time when wolves are no longer a protected species, and public input is […]

[8/28/19] Dam Spills to Help Salmon Migration

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Snake and Columbia river hydropower dams may soon allow more water over the dams to help salmon migration. Taking action to allow more spill over the dams is one of the Southern Resident Orca Task Force recommendationsto the Governor. Salmon runs on the Snake and Columbia rivers include Chinook, the Southern Resident Orca’s primary food. And […]

[8/28/19] Tsunami Models Show Devastation

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New videos allow Washington residents to see simulated models of how large tsunami waves are likely to impact their communities. Scientists with the Washington State Department of Natural Resources have just released a series of modeled simulation videos that show tsunamis started by a magnitude 9.0 earthquake on the Cascadia subduction zone. Using detailed tsunami […]

[8/28/19] Trails Reopened at Columbia River Gorge

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One of the most popular hikes in the Columbia River Gorge has reopened almost two years after it was damaged by the Eagle Creek Fire. The Wahclella Falls Trail, near Cascade Locks and east of Multnomah Falls, features a 2.4 mile out-and-back hike through a slot canyon to a powerful waterfall. The main part of […]

[8/27/19] Prescribed Burns This Fall

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The Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest has plans to treat over 11,000 acres of forest lands this fall, from the Canadian border to the Yakima Valley. Firefighters in Central Washington are planning to burn thousands of acres this fall to increase forest health and protect nearby communities, Forest Fire Management Officer Rob Allen said. Excluded from the […]