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Supreme Court to Water Resource Managers: Just Say No to Filling Wetlands and Floodplains?

6/28/2013 // By Jan Goldman-Carter

With last week’s 5-4 ruling in Koontz v. Saint John’s River Water Management District, the Supreme Court has made it harder for state and local water resource managers to protect the public’s interest in wetlands and floodplains. Our First Line […] Read more >

Since 1900, Puget Sound Chinook salmon populations have declined 93% and nine runs of Chinook have gone extinct. Orca whales, which eat primarily salmon, have declined by half. Source: Minette Layne/WikiMedia Commons

Is Building in Floodplains a Good Idea?

3/28/2013 // By Dan Siemann

“Where will we put the next million people moving to Puget Sound?” I was asked this question recently by a business lobbyist concerned that new floodplain protection requirements would make building in flood-prone areas more difficult. His question was driven […] Read more >

GiveBIG May 2nd - The Seattle Foundation

Your Chance to GiveBIG

4/25/2012 // By Bryn Fluharty

Mark Your Calendar On May 2nd you have the opportunity to maximize your donation to the National Wildlife Federation by donating through the Seattle Foundation’s GiveBIG program. GiveBIG is a one day opportunity to donate to Seattle area nonprofits including […] Read more >

Rising Waters: Climate Change and Flooding in the Pacific Northwest

4/12/2012 // By Bryn Fluharty

Climate change will have many different impacts on the Pacific Northwest. It is imperative that we recognize these effects and change the way we interact with our planet in order to ensure a sustainable and healthy future. Impacts of climate […] Read more >

Moving People out of Floodplains to Protect Them and Wildlife

3/22/2012 // By Bryn Fluharty

Rising Water At first the rains come as a light drizzle, tapping out a soothing melody on rooftops and windowpanes. Soon the tempo quickens to a loud drum beat of impending danger. As the rain falls harder and harder the […] Read more >

Comparison of fish at the same age, reared in the main river channel (left) and reared in the floodplain (right). Source: Jeffres et al., 2008

Puget Sound’s Vanishing Salmon

3/20/2012 // By NWF

In the Pacific Northwest, we are blessed with the kinds of surroundings that most people just read about in the glossy pages of magazines. Accordingly, we want to build homes and businesses as close to that natural beauty as we can get – often, in floodplains. Unfortunately, in doing so, we destroy the natural systems that sustain this essential ecosystem. Read more >

Turn Around Don't Drown poster - National Weather Service

Development in Floodplains – bad for people and wildlife

3/12/2012 // By Bryn Fluharty

It is a story told throughout the world; the once docile and tame river rising from its banks to spill out over the surrounding area in a torrent of muddy water. As the water picks up speed it begins to […] Read more >

Rep Norm Dicks - Photo by: J. Scott Applewhite /AP (retrieved from the Seattle Times)

Thank you Representative Norm Dicks

3/2/2012 // By Bryn Fluharty

Thank you Rep Norm Dicks for a long history of standing up for wildlife and the environment! Representative Norm Dicks has announced that he is retiring. Rep. Dicks represents the 6th district in Washington State and is the current ranking […] Read more >

Weekly News Roundup – December 23, 2011

12/23/2011 // By Aislinn Maestas

Want to know what National Wildlife Federation was up to this week? Here is a recap of the week’s NWF news: Historic Limits on Toxic Mercury Become Final December 21 – Today, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized new air […] Read more >

The Seattle Rain: A Love/Hate Relationship

12/14/2011 // By Bryn Fluharty

  Growing up in Seattle I grew to have a love of the rain. Many of my childhood memories are in one way or another associated with rain. From laying in bed listening to the pitter patter on the roof […] Read more >

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