On Feb. 17, 2017, a coalition of environmental groups filed an appeal with the Washington state Pollution Control Hearings Board (PCHB) challenging the Department of Ecology’s waste discharge permits for concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs). The appeal alleges the permits fail to include basic water quality monitoring requirements and fail to require best-available technology for CAFOs such as synthetic manure lagoon liners, which prevent pollution from manure leaking into groundwater. Continue Reading Environmental groups challenge Ecology’s new permits for industrial dairies
by Kerry McGowan Every fall marks the beginning of a unique migration in the Pacific Northwest, when Pacific salmon migrate from the open ocean to freshwater streams to spawn. Beginning in October, a population of coho salmon returns to Elliott Bay then enters the Duwamish River. The Duwamish is Seattle’s only river and a designated… Continue Reading What’s happening to the coho salmon in Longfellow Creek?