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Seattle’s new seawall: Holding back the tide, protecting salmon

This story originally appeared on EarthFix. Thousands of tourists migrate to Seattle’s waterfront each year to experience the ferry rides, kitschy stores and sweeping views…

Birth defects a mystery in Eastern Washington

This story was originally produced for EarthFix. Two toddlers run around Sally Garcia Acosta’s house. They squeal as they take their toy cars for a…

Whidbey locals ask: Is the drinking water safe?

Wearing gloves that barely fit, Garry Stone slipped two small, square-shaped bottles, one after the other, under a stream of water from his well. After…

Hanford tunnel breaches, workers take cover

This story was originally published by Oregon Public Broadcasting.    The U.S. Department of Energy issued an emergency alert Tuesday morning at the Hanford Site…

Washington businesses hope to kill Inslee’s carbon cap

Can a state environmental-protection regulation be considered a "tax"? That’s a central question in a lawsuit by business interests against Washington’s regulatory cap on carbon-pollution…

Prof bites back at WSU over wolf story

This story originally appeared on EarthFix. A Washington State University professor says the university violated his academic freedom after he spoke out about the killing…

The Pacific Northwest’s fix-it movement is growing

This story originally appeared on EarthFix. Paul Savino’s first patient of the day collapsed under the weight of an overgrown child. He's seen these symptoms…

Legislature paves way for more farm, forestland development

State Rep. Liz Pike was hard at work, baking cookies. Ninety-eight cookies to be precise — one for each member of the Washington House of…

Lawmakers like the environment. Will they pay up?

Bipartisan. Unanimous. Two words not heard often in contemporary politics describe a pair of bills passed by a divided Washington Legislature to revitalize forests in…

If you give a crap about the environment, pick it up

This story originally appeared in High Country News. When I’m 90, I’ll probably still be haunted by memories of bins overflowing with the remnants of…

Washington river among the nation’s ‘most endangered’

It’s back. Actually, it never left. The Snohomish Public Utility District still has a plan to divert part of the South Fork Skykomish River above…

Carbon tax is down but don’t count it out

Could 2017 be the year Washington emerges as the first state to tax emissions of a greenhouse gas? Barring some unusual turn of events as…

The Northwest may get its own Keystone XL, But it’s XXL

This story originally appeared on EarthFix. You’ve heard of Keystone XL, the controversial pipeline rejected by the Obama administration but approved last month by President Trump.…

After VW’s pollution scam, goodbye to diesels?

This story originally appeared in EarthFix/OPB. The decision by automaker Volkswagen Group to cheat on diesel emissions tests means Oregon and Washington are in line…

Hunters and anglers find common ground: fighting for public land

This story originally appeared in EarthFix/OPB. Hunters, fishermen and environmental activists: it’s not often these groups are mentioned in the same breath. But recently they’re…

If Canada ups its oil shipping, should we worry?

Every week, a barge laden with a crude oil called dilbit makes the journey from Vancouver, B.C., to Tacoma, winding its way through the passages…

State is part of the problem on Puget Sound cleanup

President Donald Trump’s proposed $28 million cut of Puget Sound restoration funding has provoked an outcry. But Gov. Jay Inslee himself is proposing a $29…

Tribes could lose big with EPA cuts

This story originally appeared on NWPR/EarthFix. There are nights when a phone call wakes Elizabeth Sanchey out of a dead sleep. At the other end,…

Another lost year for kids’ health in Olympia

OLYMPIA — In the wake of the lead-poisoning water scandal in Flint, Michigan, and with 10 Washington children a week being diagnosed with dangerously elevated…

It won’t be easy to save the marbled murrelet

It was a clever invitation: “Marbled Merlot Anyone? Come by my house for a glass of merlot (or cup of tea) to support meaningful conservation…

Hometown crowd peppers Ericksen with EPA, environment questions

At home in Whatcom County on Saturday, Washington state Sen. Doug Ericksen faced a host of environmental questions, including about his bicoastal role as a…

As Malheur recovers, wildlife refuges struggle

This story originally appeared in High Country News.  Alice Elshoff first saw Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in 1959. The 82-year-old, who lives in nearby Bend,…

Avoiding the truth about lead poisoning can hurt WA kids

Washington lags behind the nation in finding and dealing with kids exposed to excessive levels of lead. Lawmakers and the governor are looking at ways…

With land sparse in Puget Sound, a huge win for farmers

Call it a breakfast of champions for the bovine class: fermented grass silage, alfalfa, grain, soybeans, minerals and probiotics to maintain health. At this Puget…

Environmental prospects look iffy in Olympia

OLYMPIA — An abruptly canceled meeting, a moonlighting state senator and the nascent Trump administration all had something to do with killing several high-profile attempts…