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Derelict vessels: The voyage ends (for now)

With his signature last Wednesday, Gov. Inslee capped a two-year drive in the Legislature to tackle the stubborn problem of derelict and abandoned ships and boats, which threaten the safety and environmental health of the state’s waterways and much that depends on them: recreation, shellfishing, marine industry and the jobs they provide. Rep. Drew Hansen of Kitsap County spearheaded the effort by sponsoring House Bill 2457, signed Wednesday, in  2014, and House Bill 1245, which was passed into law in … Continue reading

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Oil Transport back in the news

Regretfully, perhaps ironically, an oil spill occurred Sunday in the Houston Ship Channel in Texas. Ironic because it’s nearly 25 years to the day of infamous Exxon Valdez spill in Alaska that occurred on March 24th 1989. Like that earlier spill, much of the focus in the aftermath of this latest incident is on the local wildlife. According to a statement from the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department there could be hundreds or thousands of birds of various species in … Continue reading

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Suction dredging

Here’s a great piece from one of our 36th legislative district neighbors, Kim McDonald. She does an excellent job explaining the process of suction dredging. I have a bill on this issue, HB 2579 – The Give Fish a Chance Act, that would limit the use of suction dredging in critical habitat areas with endangered species. Seeking early season fishing, I headed for small streams high up in the North Central Cascades. I found a spot, along Scotty Creek, with … Continue reading

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House committee approves environmental protection bills

The House Environment Committee approved five bills yesterday that will create greater environmental stewardship for individuals and involve Washington communities in environmental decision-making. “We intend to open up the doors on more flexible compliance and aid for communities that disproportionately suffering from environmental challenges,” said Rep. Fitzgibbon (D-Burien), chair of the House Environment Committee. “These bills will help ensure a greener and healthier environment for all Washingtonians.” HB 2347, sponsored by Rep. Jessyn Farrell (D-Seattle) will reduce the risk of … Continue reading

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ASK SHARON: Rep. Wylie responds to constituent emails

Watch Rep. Sharon Wylie talking about the oil trains issue and about her license plate bill.

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