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EPA Warns Pebble Mine Would Harm Alaska’s Salmon

5/22/2012 // By Tony Turrini

On Friday, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a draft of its long-awaited ecological risk assessment of large-scale mining in the pristine Nushagak River and Kvichak River watersheds of Alaska’s Bristol Bay. This 339-page scientific evaluation covers a lot of …

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Story from a Salmon Fishing Addict

5/16/2012 // By Nic Callero

Portland, Oregon is most well known for its bikes and its brews, and now quite possibly the quirky show Portlandia. Occasionally lost in the limelight of nude bicyclists, triple IPA’s and feminist bookstores is our amazing Chinook Salmon fishing. How …

Alaska Youth for Environmental Action Gather to Address Elected Officials

4/30/2012 // By Max Greenberg

Displaying initiative I couldn’t have imagined as a teenager, 24 young activists (ages 13-18) from around Alaska gathered in Juneau last month for the 12th annual Civics and Conservation Summit, sponsored by Alaska Youth for Environmental Action(AYEA, an NWF project). …

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 …

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 …

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.

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 …

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 …

NWF Legal Victory for Florida Panther Leads to Greater Protections for Salmon, Whales and Sea Turtles

2/29/2012 // By Aislinn Maestas

In 2005, National Wildlife Federation celebrated a major legal victory (pdf) in our fight to save the Florida panther. The case was a landmark moment for NWF, as the court clearly instructed the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that it …

White Egret in the Waters of the Bay-Delta

Undermining the Endangered Species Act in the Bay-Delta Estuary

2/28/2012 // By Rachel Pietron

The House of Representatives is poised to vote on H.R. 1873, the “San Joaquin Water Reliability Act”. Touted as a bill that will ease access to water for Californians, the legislation’s real purpose is redistributing the water in a way …

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