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The Flint River provided drinking water for over a year, corroding aging pipes and leaching lead into the drinking water. Photo by George Thomas/Flickr

City of Flint Needs Our Help

Amidst this Congressional inaction, the federal emergency declaration authorizing the Federal Emergency Management Agency to provide resources and support for Flint expires on August 14, 2016. This means the state …

Least tern family. Photo donated by National Wildlife Photo Contest entrant Ursula Dubrick

Resilience Allies, Tell Us Your Stories!

Floods, hurricanes, and severe coastal storms pose increasing risk to people and wildlife living along the thousands of miles of America’s coasts and rivers — but ecological solutions that safeguard …

sand hill crane in st johns wetlands

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

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 …

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?

“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 …

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Rising Waters: Climate Change and Flooding in the Pacific Northwest

Moving People out of Floodplains to Protect Them and Wildlife

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

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.

Turn Around Don't Drown poster - National Weather Service

Development in Floodplains – bad for people and wildlife

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 …

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

Thank you Representative Norm Dicks

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 …

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