Washington State House Democrats


Monday, July 8

Nearly 60 years ago, the Kwoneesum Dam was built to create a recreational lake for a summer camp, blocking over 6 miles of fish habitat along the Washougal River. Soon the dam will be removed and coho salmon and summer steelhead will swim freely again. (Jarrette Werk / Underscore + Report for America)

Why ‘deadbeat dam’ removals are so difficult in WA, PNW
Kwoneesum Dam once had a purpose. It created a lake for girls attending a summer camp to swim, canoe and sail. But just two decades after the dam was built in the mid-1960s, the camp closed, and the land was sold to a timber company. Kwoneesum is just one example of the dams that have outlived their usefulness. These aging structures, dubbed “deadbeat dams” by some working toward their removal, choke off habitat, and threaten homes in some instances. It’s a problem gaining more recognition across the country. Continue reading at The Seattle Times (Jarrette Werk)

A sign at one of the boundaries of the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. (U.S. Forest Service)

WA counties to receive nearly $30M in payments for tax-exempt federal land
Washington’s counties will share close to $30 million in payments this year from the U.S. government to compensate them for untaxable federal land within their boundaries. The Interior Department last week announced $621.2 million in Payments in Lieu of Taxes for state and local governments nationwide. How much each place receives depends on the number of acres of federal land in the jurisdiction and its population. Continue reading at The WA State Standard. (U.S. Forest Service)

State department suspends intake at 2 juvenile rehab facilities in Washington
The Washington Department of Children, Youth and Families (DCYF) announced Saturday that it has suspended intake at two juvenile rehab facilities due to overcrowding and safety concerns. “When too many young people are concentrated in small spaces, it can escalate behaviors and limit the ability for therapeutic rehabilitation,” said Secretary Ross Hunter. “This was not sustainable. Our facilities must be safe, therapeutic, and functional.” Continue reading at King 5.


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Capital Press
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Everett Herald
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Kitsap Sun
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News Tribune
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Seattle Times
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Why ‘deadbeat dam’ removals are so difficult in WA, PNW
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Spokesman Review
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WA State Standard
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Whidbey News-Times
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Kitsap Transit awarded $17 million to upgrade aging facility
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KNKX Public Radio
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KUOW Public Radio
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Cascadia Daily News
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Kitsap Transit awarded $17 million to upgrade aging facility