Local Current Issues

Acidification of Willapa Bay

"Four years ago wild-oyster fishermen in Washington State began to notice something rather strange going on. In the brackish waters of Willapa Bay, where cold, nutrient-rich water from the deep ocean wells up and nourishes the oysters and their young, larvae were dying at alarming rates."   Check out A Sea Less Hospitable to Life by Molly Webster in NRDC's On Earth Magazine for more information.

8/28/09 Update from WA Dept of Ecology re Bradwood

Last year, several concerned citizens, including John Green and myself, met with Dean Takko, WA State Representative, Jay Manning, and Sally Toteff, from WA Dept of Ecology.  The State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) will identify the gaps in Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), due in late October.  Additional information is also included on Water Quality Certification, the 9th Circuit Court response and Endangered Species Act Consultation.

In his reply and thank you to Sally Toteff, Brett VandenHeuvel emphasizes the need for the SEPA analysis and a public comment period.

Read more: 8/28/09 Update from WA Dept of Ecology re Bradwood

Lake Sacajawea Interpretive Signs Update

As mentioned before WHAS has secured the funding for two Deery Memorial Interpretive signs at Lake Sacajawea. Two artists are either working on research or the actual art itself.  One will complete work by the first week in July and the other by the first week in August.  The graphic work then takes a week or so, and the production of the actual signs about 4 weeks.  With that schedule in mind, the first sign will be up in September and the second in October. Check back later for more details.
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