Environment http://www.kplu.org en PUD Changes Course; No Dam for Skykomish River’s Sunset Falls http://www.kplu.org/post/pud-changes-course-no-dam-skykomish-river-s-sunset-falls <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Plans to put a dam on one of Washington’s most scenic rivers have been called off.</span></p><p>The Snohomish County Public Utilities District says it has a better plan for the area on the Skykomish River near Index. But o<span style="line-height: 1.5;">pponents of the project say it’s still too early to declare a victory.&nbsp;</span></p><p>Snohomish County PUD was planning an inflatable weir for the bend in the river near Sunset Falls, not far from Index. The utility said it had a design that would rise and fall with the river, making it safe for endangered fish runs and minimally disruptive to the scenic value of the area.</p><p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 12:01:00 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 16056 at http://www.kplu.org PUD Changes Course; No Dam for Skykomish River’s Sunset Falls Endangered Chinook Hitching A Ride On Trucks Around Cracked Wanapum Dam http://www.kplu.org/post/endangered-chinook-hitching-ride-trucks-around-cracked-wanapum-dam <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Hundreds of Chinook salmon are being rounded up and loaded into tanker trucks that will drive them around the cracked </span>Wanapum<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Dam in </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">southweast</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Washington.</span></p><p>The Columbia River will remain drawn down at least until June, which means fish can’t reach their traditional ladders. Engineers are working on extensions and water slides of sorts to get fish ladders working again. But work to install this new equipment has been difficult, with cranes, man baskets and the whipping wind.</p><p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 21:14:56 +0000 Anna King 16046 at http://www.kplu.org Endangered Chinook Hitching A Ride On Trucks Around Cracked Wanapum Dam Scientists Monitoring Oso Slide’s Effects On Stillaguamish Fish Runs http://www.kplu.org/post/scientists-monitoring-oso-slide-s-effects-stillaguamish-fish-runs <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/143946519&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>As the search for victims of the Oso mudslide continues, scientists are monitoring its effects on endangered fish runs.</p><p>The cloudiness of the Stillaguamish&nbsp;River due to sediment washing down after the slide is a big concern. But it looks like initial fears of devastation are giving way to optimism.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 12:01:00 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 15851 at http://www.kplu.org Scientists Monitoring Oso Slide’s Effects On Stillaguamish Fish Runs Water Supply Rebounds Across Most Of Northwest After March Storms http://www.kplu.org/post/water-supply-rebounds-across-most-northwest-after-march-storms <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/144098189&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Irrigators, hydropower dam operators and tugboat captains are sitting pretty across most of the Northwest, according to the latest regional water supply forecast presented Thursday.</p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 21:22:07 +0000 Tom Banse 15905 at http://www.kplu.org Water Supply Rebounds Across Most Of Northwest After March Storms Sen. Murray Calls Federal Hearing On Risks, Procedures For Rail Shipment Of Crude Oil http://www.kplu.org/post/sen-murray-calls-federal-hearing-risks-procedures-rail-shipment-crude-oil <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/143974563&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Less than four years ago, there were virtually no shipments of crude oil by rail car through Washington state. Nowadays, it’s not uncommon to see the dark-gray tanks at crossings all over the state. &nbsp;</p><p>U.S. &nbsp;Senator Patty Murray, D-Wash., held a hearing with top transportation and safety officials to discuss potential safety measures to protect communities in the face of more growth. &nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 12:01:00 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 15868 at http://www.kplu.org Sen. Murray Calls Federal Hearing On Risks, Procedures For Rail Shipment Of Crude Oil New Quotas Clear Way For Banner Summer Salmon Fishing In Pacific Ocean http://www.kplu.org/post/new-quotas-clear-way-banner-summer-salmon-fishing-pacific-ocean <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/143977351&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>A federal fisheries management panel approved what some charter captains are calling the best ocean fishing season in 20 years.</p><p>Meeting at a hotel in Vancouver, Washington, the Pacific Fishery Management Council on Wednesday adopted the 2014 season quotas unanimously after days of lengthy negotiations between commercial troll and recreational fishing representatives, treaty tribes and government regulators.</p><p>The quotas are a big turnaround from the recent past when ocean salmon fishing was sharply curtailed or not allowed at all.</p><p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 03:40:55 +0000 Tom Banse 15869 at http://www.kplu.org New Quotas Clear Way For Banner Summer Salmon Fishing In Pacific Ocean Whales' New Breath-Hold Record Like 'Flying From Seattle To San Jose' Without A Gasp http://www.kplu.org/post/whales-new-breath-hold-record-flying-seattle-san-jose-without-gasp <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/142900297&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Think about how long you can hold your breath, then consider this.</p><p>Northwest-based whale researchers have documented a new breath-hold record among mammals. They timed a dive by a beaked whale that lasted 2 hours and 17 minutes.</p><p>A paper&nbsp;<a href="http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0092633" target="_blank">published in the peer-reviewed journal PLOS One</a>&nbsp;by scientists with the Cascadia Research Collective of Olympia revealed two new records. The researchers tagged Cuvier's beaked whales, a rarely-seen species which forages in deep ocean waters worldwide, including off the U.S. West Coast.</p><p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 18:03:22 +0000 Tom Banse 15647 at http://www.kplu.org Whales' New Breath-Hold Record Like 'Flying From Seattle To San Jose' Without A Gasp Seattle Council Mulls Supporting Ban On Routine Feeding Of Antibiotics To Livestock http://www.kplu.org/post/seattle-council-mulls-supporting-ban-routine-feeding-antibiotics-livestock <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/142605995&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Seattle may join several other cities in a campaign calling for a federal ban on the misuse of antibiotics on factory farms.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">A&nbsp;</span><a href="http://clerk.seattle.gov/~scripts/nph-brs.exe?s1=&amp;s3=31514&amp;s2=&amp;s4=&amp;Sect4=AND&amp;l=20&amp;Sect2=THESON&amp;Sect3=PLURON&amp;Sect5=RESNY&amp;Sect6=HITOFF&amp;d=RESF&amp;p=1&amp;u=%2F~public%2Fresny.htm&amp;r=1&amp;f=G" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">resolution on the issue</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;has passed out of committee, and will be considered by the full council on Monday.&nbsp;</span></p><p>The resolution calls for an end to routine feeding of antibiotics to animals, which critics say is leading to drug-resistant superbugs that harm human health.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 23:46:57 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 15590 at http://www.kplu.org Seattle Council Mulls Supporting Ban On Routine Feeding Of Antibiotics To Livestock One Week After Deadly Mudslide, Darrington Observes Moment Of Silence http://www.kplu.org/post/one-week-after-deadly-mudslide-darrington-observes-moment-silence <p>Local leaders in Darrington bowed their heads and observed a moment of silence at 10:37 a.m. Saturday, exactly one week after the deadly mudslide wreaked havoc in nearby Oso.</p><p>Search and rescue workers, firefighters and other first responders marked the moment in front of Darrington's fire station, standing in&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">steady rain that continues to hamper rescue efforts at the site of the slide 12 miles down the road.</span></p> Sun, 30 Mar 2014 00:34:52 +0000 Kyle Stokes 15456 at http://www.kplu.org One Week After Deadly Mudslide, Darrington Observes Moment Of Silence Snoqualmie Tribe Donates $275,000 To Agencies Responding To Oso Slide http://www.kplu.org/post/snoqualmie-tribe-donates-275000-agencies-responding-oso-slide <p>Leaders of the Snoqualmie Tribe announced it would donate $275,000 to six groups and agencies responding to last weekend's deadly mudslide in Oso.</p><p>Tribal elders announced donations of $50,000 to the Oso, Arlington and Darrington fire departments on Friday. <a href="http://www.snoqualmienation.com/content/tribe-donates-275000-oso-relief" target="_blank">They'll also contribute</a> $50,000 apiece to the Red Cross and the Cascade Valley Hospital Relief Foundation, in addition to $25,000 to the Snohomish County Search &amp; Rescue K-9 team.</p> Sat, 29 Mar 2014 01:05:20 +0000 Kyle Stokes 15436 at http://www.kplu.org Snoqualmie Tribe Donates $275,000 To Agencies Responding To Oso Slide Are You Covered? Few Washington Homeowners Hold Insurance For Landslides http://www.kplu.org/post/are-you-covered-few-washington-homeowners-hold-insurance-landslides <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/141447451&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Though much of the Puget Sound region is <a href="http://kingcounty.gov/safety/prepare/residents-business/Hazards_Disasters/Landslides.aspx" target="_blank">"especially vulnerable"</a> to landslides like the one that <a href="http://www.kplu.org/post/it-s-just-surreal-families-cling-hope-wake-deadly-mudslide">claimed 14 lives in Snohomish County</a> over the weekend, only a handful of Washington homeowners' insurance policies would cover damages from a similar disaster.</p><p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 22:58:00 +0000 Kyle Stokes 15276 at http://www.kplu.org Are You Covered? Few Washington Homeowners Hold Insurance For Landslides 25 Years Later, A Look Back At The Exxon Valdez Oil Spill http://www.kplu.org/post/25-years-later-look-back-exxon-valdez-oil-spill <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/141184794&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 16:07:06 +0000 Rae Ellen Bichell 15058 at http://www.kplu.org 25 Years Later, A Look Back At The Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Federal Push To Lift Protection For Wolves Has Conservation Groups Howling http://www.kplu.org/post/federal-push-lift-protection-wolves-has-conservation-groups-howling <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/140740656&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Don’t be alarmed if you hear the eerie sound of wolves howling in the distance at noon today. The group howl heard in the city will be<a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/735180969847664/" target="_blank">&nbsp;put on by humans</a>.</p><p>The howl is a protest action aimed at stopping active management programs that allow the killing of a species, which, until recently, was listed as endangered under federal law.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 12:01:00 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 15114 at http://www.kplu.org Federal Push To Lift Protection For Wolves Has Conservation Groups Howling Feds OK Snohomish County PUD's Tidal Power Project In Admiralty Inlet http://www.kplu.org/post/feds-ok-snohomish-county-puds-tidal-power-project-admiralty-inlet <p>Federal regulators have given unanimous approval for an underwater energy project powered by the tides in Washington’s Admiralty Inlet.</p><p>Two turbines will take advantage of the fast-moving currents and daily tidal movements in the busy passage west of Whidbey Island, at a depth of about 200 feet.</p><p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 20:02:05 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 15096 at http://www.kplu.org Feds OK Snohomish County PUD's Tidal Power Project In Admiralty Inlet Tribes Push To Restore Salmon To Upper Columbia River http://www.kplu.org/post/tribes-push-restore-salmon-upper-columbia-river <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Once upon a time, salmon and steelhead swam more than a thousand miles upriver to the headwaters of the mighty Columbia River, at the foot of the Rockies in British Columbia.</span></p><p>Those epic migrations ended in 1938 with the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.usbr.gov/pn/grandcoulee/" target="_blank">construction of Grand Coulee Dam</a>.</p><p>This week, tribes from both sides of the U.S.-Canada border along with scientists and policymakers are&nbsp;<a href="http://www.critfc.org/tribal-treaty-fishing-rights/policy-support/critfc-policy-workshops/future/conference-agendas/" target="_blank">meeting in Spokane</a>&nbsp;to figure out&nbsp;<a href="http://naiads.files.wordpress.com/2014/02/fish-passage-white-paper-2-14-14.pdf" target="_blank">how Columbia River fish could be restored to their entire historical range</a>. The idea draws passionate supporters, but has unknown costs that you might be asked to help pay.</p><p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 16:24:13 +0000 Tom Banse 15020 at http://www.kplu.org Tribes Push To Restore Salmon To Upper Columbia River