State House passes HEAL Act for environmental justice – KNKX

Another good idea that may still be implemented. It’s clear that the Dems are trying to show what good they can do when in power. Also can’t hurt Inslee’s creds with communities of color and he tries and get himself known outside this state.


A bill that would address environmental justice is still alive in the state Legislature. The so-called Healthy Environment for All, or HEAL, Act passed the House in the nick of time, getting a last-minute bipartisan vote of 88-10 just after 5 p.m. Wednesday, to clear the cutoff deadline. The HEAL Act aims to improve health disparities in Washington through targeted investments in areas suffering worst from pollution. It would direct eight key state agencies to target their work using an environmental health disparities map that launched in January. It also would create a task force to oversee the implementation. Bellamy Pailthorp reports. (KNKX)

State House passes HEAL Act for environmental justice, a first for Washington

Gov. Jay Inslee’s orca-recovery agenda advancing, but billion-dollar funding yet to be seen – Seattle Times

So there is a lot of work to be done to fund the laws that Governor Inslee and many others of us  have spent so much time getting put into bills and passed. Don’t let down. If you can spend a moment letting State Senator Kevin Van de Wege and others know that you want them to show you the money, now is the time.

Gov. Jay Inslee’s orca agenda is advancing in the Washington state Legislature, but with the budget yet to be decided how much of the governor’s billion-dollar-bold ambition will be accomplished is yet to be seen. Budgets passed by the House and Senate so far contain no funding to continue the governor’s task force on orca recovery. There’s no agreement yet on funding the governor’s proposed panel to consider the affects of breaching the Lower Snake River dams. And revenue measures to help pay for everything, from increasing hatchery production to enforcement of habitat protections, have yet to be decided. There also were policy disappointments for the governor, who got no takers for his request for legislation to put a temporary stop on whale watching of southern resident killer whales; no lawmaker would introduce the bill. A vessel noise-reduction package will take years to implement with rule making yet to be done, and because U.S. Coast Guard regulations include important exemptions, including for commercial shipping that makes most of the noise that can disrupt orcas as they hunt. Lynda Makes reports. (Seattle Times)

Gov. Jay Inslee’s orca-recovery agenda advancing, but billion-dollar funding yet to be seen

EVENT: Green New Deal Town Hall PT 4/21

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Marine Science Center planning future renovation – PT Leader

Big changes ahead for our little science center.


The Port Townsend Marine Science Center is working together with the Fort Worden Public Development Authority and Washington State Parks to come up with a long-term vision for the rehabilitation of marine facilities at Fort Worden. These facilities include the boat launch, pier, aquarium and museum located at the beach at Fort Worden. Washington State Parks has received funding to replace the boat launch and pier, said Michael Hankinson, a planner with State Parks. The Marine Science Center is planning to update their facilities at the same time, to create a unified waterfront area and expand their marine education programs. State Parks will hold a public meeting at 6 p.m. on April 18 at the Fort Worden Commons to hear input on the possible rehabilitation designs of that area. (Port Townsend Leader)

Marine Science Center planning future renovation

When the Glaciers Disappear, Those Species Will Go Extinct’ – NY Times

I once read that a tribe in South America has an end of world saying, “When the snow leaves the mountains the world will end.”  This is a modern corollary.


When it was built in the early 1900s, the road into Mount Rainier National Park from the west passed near the foot of the Nisqually Glacier, one of the mountain’s longest. Visitors could stop for ice cream at a stand built among the glacial boulders and gaze in awe at the ice. The ice cream stand is long gone. The glacier now ends more than a mile farther up the mountain. As surely as they are melting elsewhere around the world, glaciers are disappearing in North America, too. This great melting will affect ecosystems and the creatures within them, like the salmon that spawn in meltwater streams. This is on top of the effects on the water that billions of people drink, the crops they grow and the energy they need. Glacier-fed ecosystems are delicately balanced, populated by species that have adapted to the unique conditions of the streams. As glaciers shrink and meltwater eventually declines, changes in water temperature, nutrient content and other characteristics will disrupt those natural communities. Henry Fountain, Max Whittaker and Jeremy White report. (NY Times)

When the Glaciers Disappear, Those Species Will Go Extinct’

2019 salmon seasons set – Skagit Valley Herald

Coho opportunity up, chinook down.


State and tribal fishery co-managers reached an agreement Monday, setting the general salmon fishing seasons for the remainder of 2019. The seasons include increased opportunity to fish for coho salmon but less opportunity to fish for chinook salmon, in part due to efforts to conserve fish for the endangered Southern Resident orca whales that eat chinook. Pink salmon fisheries will also be limited in Puget Sound. Limiting salmon fisheries could also help the orcas by reducing the number of fishing boats, which create noise that interferes with the whales’ ability to communicate and hunt, according to a state Department of Fish & Wildlife news release. Kimberly Cauvel reports. (Skagit Valley Herald)

2019 salmon seasons set

State lawmakers pass sweeping protections for Puget Sound orcas – MyNorthwest

Yes, it did happen. Congratulations to all who helped push us to completion, especially Governor Jay Inslee.


The Washington state House and Senate passed four bills this month providing sweeping protections for Puget Sound’s ailing orca population. The quartet of bills were passed between April 10 and April 15, and cover a variety of measures, including whale watching, pollution, and more. Each legislative body passed amendments which need to be approved by their counterparts before heading to the governor’s desk for final approval. The first to get the OK from the House and Senate was HB 1579, providing aid to the endangered Chinook salmon population, the primary prey for Puget Sound’s orcas. [The other bills are HB 1578, SB 5577, and SB 5135] (MyNorthwest)

State lawmakers pass sweeping protections for Puget Sound orcas

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