5 ways tribes can fight back against Trump

An important read for the Tribes.

“How does Indian Country survive the Donald Trump era?…. There are many ways for tribes to survive the Trump era. My main point is that we need to think differently. Usually a new presidential term starts with a president trying to bridge gaps and bring the country together. That’s not been the case from President Trump, so we should expect more of the same in the years ahead.” Mark Trahant writes. (Crosscut)


Scott Pruitt Is Seen Cutting the E.P.A. With a Scalpel, Not a Cleaver – NY Times

Heads up on the storm that is approaching. It’s name is Pruitt.

Scott Pruitt, President Trump’s pick to run the Environmental Protection Agency, is drawing up plans to move forward on the president’s campaign promise to “get rid of” the agency he hopes to head. He has a blueprint to repeal climate change rules, cut staffing levels, close regional offices and permanently weaken the agency’s regulatory authority. But Mr. Pruitt, a lawyer who made a career suing the E.P.A., is not likely to start with the kind of shock and awe that Mr. Trump has used to disorient Washington. Instead, he will use the legal tools at his disposal to pare back the agency’s reach and power, and trim its budget selectively. Coral Davenport reports. (NY Times) See also: Scores of EPA workers object to Trump’s pick to lead agency http://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/scores-of-epa-workers-object-to-trumps-pick-to-lead-agency/ Carla Johnson and Michael Biesecker report. (Associated Press) And: Florida Republican Proposes Bill to Abolish the EPA http://gizmodo.com/florida-republican-proposes-bill-to-eliminate-the-epa-1792024005 Eve Peyser reports. (Gizmodo)


Tips from residents lead to major crab-poaching bust – B.C. Coast Reporter

Up around Naniamo, B.C. Most troubling of all is that it was being done in an area closed due to dioxin contamination. No report of whether stores are going to be asked to withdraw crab from shelves.

Charges are in the works after the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) arrested three men suspected of large-scale crab poaching on the Sunshine Coast. Posters headed “Poacher Alert” placed along Ocean Beach Esplanade by community members and showing a picture of a boat working the area between Roberts Creek and Gibsons urged people to keep an eye out and call DFO. Last week, tips from the public paid off. Tom Hlavak, a DFO conservation and protection area chief, said the men were arrested Jan. 26 in an operation involving six fisheries officers. Their boat and several crab traps were also seized. Sean Eckford reports. (Coast Reporter)


Invasive oyster drills react differently to predators than natives – Watching Our Waterways

Invasive saltwater snails, including dreaded oyster drills, seem to be far more leery of predators than native snails under certain conditions, according to a new study by Emily Grason, whose research earned her a doctoral degree from the University of Washington. Why non-native snails in Puget Sound would run and hide while native species stand their ground remains an open question, but the difference in behavior might provide an opportunity to better control the invasive species. Chris Dunagan reports. (Watching Our Water Ways)


Competing bills target, affirm high court water decision

The battle over water rights  continues after the Supreme Court decision.

Some lawmakers are taking aim at a recent Washington Supreme Court decision that put the onus on counties to determine whether water is legally available in certain rural areas before they issue building permits. One bill sponsored by Sen. Judy Warnick, R-Moses Lake, amends parts of the state law at the heart of the ruling, known as the Hirst decision. County officials, builders, business and farm groups are among supporting the measure, while environmental groups and tribes oppose it. A competing bill sponsored by Sen. John McCoy, D-Tulalip, supports the court decision and sets up a program to help counties find ways to meet the requirements. Phuong Le reports. (Associated Press and Bellingham Herald)


P/T JOB OPENING: Program Assistant Jefferson County Marine Resources Committee

A part time position available for someone with program coordination.


Study says predators may play major role in chinook salmon declines – Salish Sea Currents

This isn’t really new news, we’ve known the seals and sea lions are taking lots of salmon, but it does add more science to the already known problem of not enough salmon and too many predators.

Seals and sea lions are taking a major bite out of the threatened chinook salmon population in Puget Sound, and the competition for food could be having repercussions for endangered Southern Resident killer whales, according to a new study. Seals and sea lions are eating about 1.4 million pounds of Puget Sound chinook each year — about nine times more than they were eating in 1970, according to the report [ Estimates of Chinook salmon consumption in Washington State inland waters by four marine mammal predators from 1970 – 2015 http://www.nrcresearchpress.com/doi/abs/10.1139/cjfas-2016-0203?src=recsys&journalCode=cjfas&#.WIoSpIV3rEO ], published online this month in the Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences. Chris Dunagan reports. (Salish Sea Currents)


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