Environment Archives - Salish Current

Olympia oyster comeback impact goes beyond the menu and the shooter glass

March 18, 2024
Richard Arlin Walker

While recovery’s good news for the environment, it may be a while before this once-abundant shellfish is safe to eat.

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Way cleared for repair of Skagit tidegate critical to delta protection

March 15, 2024
Dick Clever

National Marine Fisheries Service delay “increased risk of serious harm from tidal flooding,” judge rules.

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Giant hornet effort approaches milestone as another pest shows up 

February 26, 2024
Lane Morgan

While the invasive northern giant hornet may be gone from the Salish Sea area — at least for now — sightings of another voracious invader, the prolific spongy moth, have increased.

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Canada approved a major port expansion in endangered orca habitat — now it’s going to court

February 20, 2024
Steph Kwetásel'wet Wood, The Narwhal

Just north of the U.S.-Canada border, conservation groups say the feds contravened endangered species law when they approved Roberts Bank Terminal 2 in Metro Vancouver, which would double the footprint of Canada’s largest port.

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50 years after Boldt Decision: new and lingering challenges to salmon recovery

February 2, 2024
Richard Arlin Walker

As Washington treaty tribes mark the 50th anniversary next week of the Boldt Decision, challenges to a sustainable salmon population remain.

 

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Green hydrogen plans take shape for former Alcoa site at Cherry Point

January 24, 2024
Tom Banse

Renewable power supply and tribal consultation could present hurdles for dreams of green power and local jobs.

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Sumas Lake: a once (and future?) feature of the border

December 19, 2023
Lane Morgan

The catastrophic floods of November 2021 on both sides of the U.S.-Canada border brought to mind an Ice Age souvenir that many Whatcom residents didn’t know existed.

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Pipeline growth booms; US agency in charge of safety struggles to keep up

December 15, 2023
Jacob Fischler

While thousands of miles of natural gas, crude oil and carbon dioxide pipelines have been added to the national network in recent years, the federal agency responsible for ensuring safety has not kept up.

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The Skagit: Seattle City Light and a river to fight over

December 4, 2023
Dick Clever

A river as magnificent as the Skagit will inevitably be fought over. The Skagit delta is where diverse interests converge — fish, farms, and now, Seattle’s endless need for hydroelectric power.

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Skagit’s white birds of winter are ambassadors among land use, values conflicts

November 22, 2023
Adam M. Sowards

Hunters, tourists, wildlife photographers, birdwatchers and farmers have distinct relationships and sometimes competing interests when it comes to these wintering flocks.

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Samish Nation protects ‘breathtaking’ kelp forests, nearshore habitat

November 14, 2023
Richard Arlin Walker

Restoration work by the Samish Indian Nation is addressing the 36% decline in kelp forest acreage in the San Juan archipelago.

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Cleanups move ahead at polluted Anacortes waterfront sites

November 7, 2023
Richard Arlin Walker

Twenty-four waterfront sites — with more to come — have been cleaned up in Anacortes by removing fuel tanks, contaminated soil, creosote-treated pilings and dilapidated overwater.

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Returning grizzly bears to the North Cascades

November 3, 2023
Adam M. Sowards

There are cultural, ecological and legal obligations to return the bears.

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Lopez Island ‘most special place’ to be held in local control

October 24, 2023
Nancy DeVaux

Watmough Bay Higgins property management discussions raise issues of tribal, federal co-management.

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Could selling sewage save the Salish Sea?

September 29, 2023
John Stang / Crosscut

Waste flushed into Puget Sound harms fish and marine life. A nutrient pricing system — like Washington’s cap-and-trade program — may curb pollution.

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Locals in small operation take on ‘tall order’ in marine ecosystem

September 22, 2023
Adam M. Sowards

Volunteer power is channeled into marine conservation by the Northwest Straits Initiative.

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