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Green group turns attention to affordable housing

An organization best known for saving large natural areas in rural areas is taking on a new task: affordable housing in the city. Forterra, formerly…

Judge: Failed salmon restoration has cost billions

It's Groundhog Day. Again. Or maybe not. On May 3, U.S. District Court Judge Michael Simon trashed the federal government’s plan for managing dams on the…

How economics turned NW coal ports into the walking dead

Those dominoes just keep falling. Not so long ago, it seemed as if every time you turned around, somebody new was proposing to ship fossil…

The most threatened waterway in Washington?

In a grove of cedars where sword fern erupts from mossy ground, you hear the textured rush of flowing water. Look out between cedar trunks,…

Looking back at 2015: Recent history in verse

Every year, local journalist and writer Daniel Jack Chasan provides us a look back at the past 12 months in verse. So without further adieu,…

Best of 2015: In drought, conflict emerges between fish and man

This week Crosscut is running some of our best stories of the year, as selected both by our writers and by popularity with readers. We will…

Eyman and his initiative give the Legislature one more headache

Talk about being caught between a rock and a hard place; make that several hard places: When the Legislature convenes in January, it will face…

Cantwell measure allows more irrigation in return for fish, land protections

Getting U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell's bill through committee was definitely a milestone — but whether it marked progress forward toward a more rational and cooperative…

To save the orcas, do we need to demolish dams?

The show is over -- at least it’s almost over. SeaWorld has announced that next year, it will phase out its killer whale performances in…

Can we really ‘restore’ the Duwamish, Seattle’s industrial river?

An osprey glides above the river, while down on the water, a crane lifts piles of scrap metal from a barge, a conveyor takes gypsum…

Footprints in the NW sand: Perhaps 13,000 years old

Fats Domino was famously "walking to New Orleans." No one knows where the people who left footprints on British Columbia's Calvert Island were walking. They…

In drought, conflict emerges between fish and man

Years ago, when a committee was putting together a groundwater management plan for Vashon Island, a consulting firm brought its groundwater expert to a public…

Summer camp: Good time for almost everyone?

No doubt the spring weather has many kids — and their parents — looking forward eagerly to summer camp. They probably envision warm days filled…

Big change for forests, animals east of Snoqualmie

Look into the forest: It's dark in there among the skinny trees crammed close together. This isn't old growth. No massive trunks, no cathedral groves…

Don’t blame drought for higher water rates in Seattle

Forget those bare ski slopes in the Cascades, drought emergencies declared in much of the state, and headlines about the (some-would-say-long-overdue) dessication of California. Drought…