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Judge OKs Lawsuit Seeking Better Protection Of Puget Sound

AP | Sept. 20, 2017 7:57 a.m. | Seattle

Washington's Department of Ecology faces the possibility of losing millions of dollars in federal money after a judge Tuesday declined to dismiss a lawsuit brought by an Oregon-based environmental group.

Environment | Fish & Wildlife

Washington’s Fish Farms Are Governed By Decades-Old Guidelines

KUOW/EarthFix | Sept. 6, 2017 5 p.m. | Seattle

The guidelines have been on the books since 1986. Critics of fish farming in Puget Sound say last month's farmed salmon escape underscores the need for better standards and enforcement.

Environment | Uncategorized

That Atlantic Salmon Farm Was On Its Last Legs — And Washington State Knew It

KUOW | Sept. 1, 2017 11 a.m. | Seattle

An aquaculture firm and state regulators knew its floating salmon farm was "nearing the end of serviceable life" before it failed, allowing about 162,000 non-native fish into Puget Sound and beyond.

Environment | local

Ships Voluntarily Slow Down For Underwater Noise Reduction Trial

Northwest News Network | Aug. 31, 2017 9 a.m.

A majority of large ship operators are cooperating with a request to temporarily slow down in the shared border waters between Victoria and San Juan Island.

Environment

Q&A: So Why Are Atlantic Salmon In The Northwest?

NWPR/EarthFix | Aug. 25, 2017 5:30 p.m.

Last weekend a net pen holding 305,000 Atlantic salmon broke apart near Washington’s Bellingham Bay. The situation has raised a few basic questions about Atlantic salmon and fish farming.

Environment | Renewable energy | Transportation

Puget Sound Is Getting An Orca-Friendly, All-Electric Ferry

Crosscut | Aug. 22, 2017 2:52 p.m.

Washington is poised to embark on an experiment in electric car ferries that could eventually transform the largest ferry fleet in the nation. And little Skagit County is leading the way.

Environment | Water

Navy Skips Permit For Bremerton Boat Scraping; Environmentalists Sue

KUOW | June 19, 2017 2:15 p.m.

The Navy is being sued for releasing heavy metals into Puget Sound by scraping a ship hull. But in the nearby city of Bremerton, it's going to take more than that to shake locals' love of the Navy.

Communities | NW Life

Tribe, Groups Sue Navy Over Ship Cleaning In Puget Sound

AP | June 16, 2017 10:20 a.m. | Seattle

The Suquamish Tribe and two environmental groups are suing the U.S. Navy, saying it sent harmful pollutants into Puget Sound when it cleaned a decommissioned aircraft carrier.

Business | News | Economy | local

Boeing To Move Hundreds Of Seattle Area Jobs To Arizona

AP | June 15, 2017 7:35 a.m. | Seattle

The move is part of Boeing's drive to cut costs, which is largely responsible for the loss of more than 18,300 Boeing jobs in Washington since the most recent employment peak in fall 2012.

Environment

Using Whale Breath To Find Out What's Ailing Orcas

KUOW/EarthFix | April 5, 2017 4:21 p.m. | Seattle

Scientists have a new tool to figure out what’s ailing Puget Sound’s resident orcas. They’re studying whale breath, which is no easy feat.

Environment | Energy

Canada's Oil Pipeline To The Salish Sea: What You Need To Know

EarthFix | March 30, 2017 3:15 p.m.

You’ve heard of Keystone XL. And you know all about Dakota Access. But have you heard of TransMountain, which could soon be the biggest pipeline of them all?

Environment | Politics

Trump Wants To Cut EPA Funding For Puget Sound By 93 Percent

KUOW | March 6, 2017 4:50 p.m. | Seattle

The Trump administration has proposed cutting federal funding for restoring Puget Sound by 93 percent. Here's what would happen if that money dries up.

Environment | Water

Navy Targeted By Lawsuit For Aircraft Carrier Hull-Scraping In Puget Sound

KUOW/EarthFix | Jan. 26, 2017 5 p.m. | Seattle

The Suquamish  Tribe and two environmental organizations have filed the legal paperwork necessary to sue the Navy for what they say are violations of the Clean Water Act.

Environment | Water | Energy

BC Pipeline Approval Could Bring More Oil Tankers To Puget Sound

KUOW/EarthFix | Nov. 29, 2016 3:31 p.m. | Seattle

The Canadian government approved a crude-oil pipeline project that is much larger than the one generating protests in North Dakota and could bring a seven-fold increase in tanker traffic to the Salish Sea.

Environment | Water | Fish & Wildlife | Politics

Puget Sound In Line For Environmental Health Boost

KUOW/EarthFix | Oct. 18, 2016 12:30 p.m. | Seattle

Advocates for a healthier Puget Sound took a big step Tuesday in getting the same kind of coordinated recovery effort that's gone to the Great Lakes and Chesapeake Bay.

Environment | Land | Fish & Wildlife | Pacific Ocean

Scientists Try Trapping To Halt Puget Sound's European Crab Invasion

KCTS9/EarthFix | Sept. 26, 2016 6:45 a.m. | Friday Harbor, Washington

The detection of Puget Sound's first  invasive green crab prompts scientists to mount a counter attack. Now a second crab has been discovered about 30 miles away in Padilla Bay.

Environment | Fish & Wildlife | News | Animals | local

Green Crab Invaders Show Up in Puget Sound

KUOW/EarthFix | Sept. 6, 2016 4:30 p.m. | Seattle

An invasive crab native to Europe has been found for the first time in Washington's Puget Sound after growing steadily along the West Coast.

Environment | Water | News | local

Plan Would Ban Boats From Dumping Sewage Into Puget Sound

AP | July 21, 2016 10:31 a.m. | Seattle

The Department of Ecology says on its website that it petitioned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Thursday to designate the waters of Puget Sound a "no discharge zone" to improve water quality.

Environment

The Forgotten History of Sixgills in Seattle

KCTS9/EarthFix | June 23, 2016 6 a.m. | Seattle

How one man put sixgill sharks on public display in the 1960s.

Environment | Flora and Fauna | Pacific Ocean | Science

Searching For The Mysterious Sixgill Sharks of Puget Sound

KCTS9/EarthFix | June 20, 2016 9:45 p.m. | Hoodsport, Washington

Recent sixgill sightings are giving hope to divers and researchers that the sharks may be returning to Puget Sound.