Environment

Environment

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…

Climate change threatens coastal archaeological sites

It’s the kind of foggy day you’d expect at Redwood National Park on the Northern California coast. The headlands are shrouded in mist and the…

Report faults state on groundwater pollution

In a stinging look at the agricultural practices in Washington, a new report places responsibility for degraded water quality and steep declines in Puget Sound…

For West Coast, nuclear Hanford threat dwarfs Fukushima

There is a dangerous radiological threat to the West Coast of the United States that puts the health of millions of Americans at risk. It…

A death blow to coal ports in Washington?

A firmly worded federal ruling Monday has seemingly quashed the hopes of developers of a giant coal-export terminal north of Bellingham. The findings, celebrated by…

Can a millennial mayor save Kurt Cobain’s dying hometown?

This story originally appeared in High Country News. Follow Route 101 through northwest Washington, and you’re sure to see it — the welcome sign outside…

Communities of color should lead on environmental fight

In 1991, delegates from around the country came together in Washington, D.C., with representatives from Puerto Rico, Canada, the Marshall Islands, and Central and South America…

Environmental study leaves Longview coal port bloodied but still alive

From OPB/EarthFix Coal dust, greenhouse gas emissions, noise and traffic congestion are among the environmental impacts from the proposed coal export terminal in Longview, Washington, according…

No room for trees in Seattle’s new parks

Forget what you think you know about green Seattle parks. A new park just south of Seattle University shows us an important aspect of the future…

Rare bipartisan moment in D.C. boosts WA tribes, farmers, fish

This story originally appeared in High Country News. Farmers, fishermen, communities and conservationists in Washington state who have spent years forging a compromise to manage…

Is Washington ready for the next big oil spill?

On a calm, clear afternoon in December 1985, the Arco Anchorage made a routine stop in Port Angeles, Washington. The crew was killing time, waiting…

In Portland, mysterious odors, unresponsive regulators

This story is a production of OPB/EarthFix. Find more about Portland's toxic air problem here. Adam Bartell felt like a crackpot for complaining about air…

City environmental efforts: Got justice?

Communities of color in Seattle could have more reason to celebrate the local environment in years to come. That’s the hope, at least, behind new…

Court orders feds to clean up World War II era nuclear site

The news slipped into the vacuum of Friday happy hour. Late on March 11, a U.S. District judge quietly issued a novella-length ruling, which may reshape the way…

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,…

Coal exports stopped by Lummi Nation fishing rights?

Environmental reviews of a coal-export terminal that would be the largest in the nation were summarily suspended on April 1 — but it was no…

The mission to save Snoqualmie River

Under towering black cotton woods on the banks of the Snoqualmie River near the historic Carnation Dairy, a restoration crew surveys the scene. One of…

New report: West Coast waters face double threat

It’s been called global warming’s evil twin. Scientists have pegged it as the culprit behind low shellfish harvests, and some researchers warn that it will…

Senate Republicans kneecap toxic-waste help for public

OLYMPIA — Senate Republicans scored a little-noticed but significant victory this week against grassroots environmental and community groups, zeroing out funding for the groups to…

After mass die-offs and gloomy reports, new hope for bees in Seattle

The queen is buzzing and vibrating. First she'll need to find a suitable nesting spot, then store and collect pollen. She's come to the right…

How the region is looking to GoGreen

Climate change will force new strategies from citizens groups, government and business. This year's GoGreen conference, which takes place Wednesday in Seattle, will offer the…

How Inslee can change the script on climate issues

Governor Inslee came into office determined to make climate a priority. Instead he has faced a series of tough losses and retreats. The Republican state…

Toxic cleanups, water projects face state budget cuts

Cleaning up toxic waste. Protecting Puget Sound. Dealing with polluted rainwater runoff.  All hang in the balance as the Democratic-dominated House and Republican-controlled Senate face…

Clean water proves an elusive goal around Puget Sound

A blue heron wades on the shores of Seattle's Ship Canal in the pounding rain. Head lowered, eyes focused, it's ready to snag a fish.…

Protip for Sagebrush rebels: This land was never yours

The “Sagebrush Rebellion” militants who seized control of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in January repeatedly called for the “return” of federal lands to the…