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Largest ferries in the state will be converted to hybrid electric propulsion

Up to $35 million from the VW federal settlement is dedicated to convert the first state Jumbo Mark II ferry to hybrid-electric power. (Read more about it)

Baby Southern Resident orca breaching

This just one of the reasons we love the Pacific Northwest and why we work to restore and protect our environment. Thanks to NOAA for this amazing footage.

Learn more about our work to protect orcas.

News stories

Comments sought on proposed amendments to instream flow rule in Nooksack watershed

Nov. 19 news release – We are seeking public input on a proposed rule amendment that would establish a water use conservation standard for some new homes in parts of Whatcom County and small areas in Skagit County.

New data shows Washington’s carbon emissions cooling

Nov. 19 news release – New greenhouse gas emissions data from 2016 and 2017 shows the growth of emissions in Washington is slowing.

Draft plan released to restore Chehalis River basin habitat

Nov. 18 news release – During the past 30 years, climate change, habitat degradation, and loss from development have caused salmon runs to decline by 80% in the Chehalis River basin. Now, the public is being asked to weigh in a draft aquatic species restoration plan for the state’s second largest river basin.

It's America Recycles Day! – Free multimedia toolkit helps communities reduce contamination in recycled material

Nov. 15 blog – Today is your opportunity to recommit to reducing, reusing, recycling, and purchasing products made from recycled material. It's important to recycle, despite current challenges. 

Marine Servicecenter fined $30,000 for water pollution

Nov. 13 news release – Ecology has fined a boatyard on the Anacortes waterfront $30,000 for allowing polluted stormwater to flow into Fidalgo Bay, an important habitat for endangered Chinook salmon and other marine life.

Despite challenges, recycling is still the right thing to do – for the environment and the economy

Nov. 12 blog – Over the last few years, the recycling system in Washington and across the United States has been under siege, with low commodity prices and restrictions on overseas exports of recyclables leading some people to question whether recycling is really worth it anymore. Well, we’re here to tell you that recycling is absolutely still the right thing to do.

Burn ban expires 10 a.m. Tuesday in Asotin, Columbia, Garfield and Walla Walla counties

Nov. 12 news release – A Stage 1 burn ban in Asotin, Columbia, Garfield and Walla Walla counties will expire at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12.

Stage 1 burn ban called for Asotin, Columbia, Garfield and Walla Walla counties

Nov. 8 news release – A ban on outdoor burning and the use of uncertified stoves and fireplaces begins at 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8, in Asotin, Columbia, Garfield and Walla Walla counties due to poor air quality in the region.

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