Public invited to comment on state draft commercial fish net pen guidance

Public invited to comment on state draft commercial fish net pen guidance

(OLYMPIA)- The Department of Ecology is now accepting public comments on draft guidance designed to improve how commercial marine net pens are authorized, overseen, and managed in Washington. The guidance was developed by the state departments that have a role in authorizing or permitting net pen activities in state inland marine waters: Agriculture, Ecology, Fish and Wildlife, and Natural Resources. On behalf of the interagency team, Ecology is accepting comments on the draft Guidance for Marine Net Pen Aquaculture in Washington State: Regulations, Risks and Management now through June 21. Commercial marine net pens potentially pose environmental risks to water     (read more)

Washington State Ferries marks 70 years of service

(SEATTLE)– Six years after the end of World War II, the State of Washington began operating the country’s largest ferry system. Today, Washington State Ferries marks seven decades with the unveiling of a commemorative logo that will decorate all 21 vessels in the ferry fleet during the anniversary year. In addition, many ferry customers will receive commemorative stickers throughout the first week of June. “Since 1951, we’ve been proud to serve Washingtonians and visitors by operating the state’s marine highway system,” said Patty Rubstello, head of WSF. “The pandemic has made celebrations a challenge, so we wanted to make     (read more)

State Fire Marshal’s Office urges residents to exercise caution when doing yardwork

(OLYMPIA)- As part of Wildfire Awareness Month, the State Fire Marshal’s Office urges residents to use extra caution when doing yard work. In 2020, there were more than 1,500 wildfires reported. According to the Northwest Coordination Center (NWCC), nearly 95% of those fires were started due to human factors. To help prevent wildfires, residents should take extra precautions when doing any yard work or brush clearing: • Maintain power equipment to prevent sparks from mowers, weed trimmers, or power saws from igniting dry grass. • Check with your local authorities for any burn restrictions before starting an outdoor fire. • If burning is allowed     (read more)

Washington’s new litter prevention campaign asks drivers to secure their vehicle loads

(OLYMPIA)- The Washington Department of Ecology on Monday launched a new statewide safety and litter prevention campaign with its partners from the Washington State Patrol, the Washington State Department of Transportation and the Washington Traffic Safety Commission. The We Keep Washington Litter Free campaign’s first initiative focuses on alerting Washingtonians that unsecured vehicle loads are a safety hazard for drivers and a significant contributor to litter on state highways. The safety and environmental impacts of unsecured loads carry heavy costs. Debris on highways cause about 300 traffic crashes and 30 injuries every year in Washington. More than 12 million pounds of     (read more)

Skagit County Fair back in action this summer

(SKAGIT COUNTY)- According to a press release for Skagit County, plans are well underway to welcome everyone back to Come, Sit, Stay & Play for a Howlin’ Good Time at the Skagit County Fair, August 11-14. After a very challenging past 14 months, the Fair is looking forward to welcoming the community back this summer. “We’ve sorely missed putting on events for our community and are looking forward to getting back on the horse and welcoming back our fans for a festive, howlin’ good time this summer,” said Skagit County Fair Manager Aric Gaither. “We’ve been so pleased how     (read more)