Gregoire to head the EPA?

Various news sources are reporting that Christine Gregoire is going to be named head of the EPA after she leaves office. The good news in this is that Gregoire has been a strong advocate for the environment here in Washington State. She also will bring the inevitable funding for State needs that an EPA head is able to direct. Her ability to relate to the projects that are requesting funds is a natural fit. A good win for Ecotopia, ah…I mean the Pacific Northwest (G). Will help backfill the loss of Norm Dicks seniority in doling out funds for our projects. While we have had our criticisms of the Governor, as all politicians deal in tradeoffs and as such will never satisfy everyone (which is why  blogs and the Press are important to remain politically neutral in order to offer constructive criticism), the overall positive side of this equation far outweighs the negatives. Ironically, one of the last acts Gregoire did as Governor, in her proposed budget for 2013-15, was to ask to slash headcount to the Department of Ecology, and cut back on grants to local watershed planning (read WIRA?), as well as calling for expanded logging.

Patty Murray and Norm Dicks here to discuss Wild Olympics Wilderness Proposal

Today, Thursday, August 16th, 2012, U.S. Senator Patty Murray and Congressman Norm Dicks (D, WA-06) will travel to the Olympic Peninsula to discuss the Wild Olympics Wilderness & Wild and Scenic Rivers Act of 2012, a compromise proposal developed after nearly three years of engagement with local citizens and business leaders. This legislation would protect several key forest areas and rivers while preserving local jobs and access to outdoor recreation opportunities. Senator Murray and Congressman Dicks will be joined by local representatives and the Chair of the Wild Olympics Campaign. Following the stop at Taylor Shellfish, Senator Murray and Congressman Dicks will tour sites in the proposal.

WHO: U.S. Senator Patty Murray
Congressman Norm Dicks
Steve Tharinger, State Representative, 24th LD
John Austin, Jefferson County Commissioner
Mike Doherty, Clallam County Commissioner
Connie Gallant, Chairwoman, Wild Olympics Campaign
Michelle Sandoval, Former Mayor of Port Townsend

WHAT: Senator Murray and Congressman Dicks will talk about their continued work protecting and preserving the Wild Olympics

Governor praises Hood Canal mitigation program–Kitsap Sun

The news article that accompanied Chris Dunagan’s blog post. Of specific interest to some of you are the roundup of stats on Puget Sound and the issues involved in cleanup of it.

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