Welcome to our news room. This is where you'll find links to recent news releases, blog stories, pictures and videos, our social media channels, and contact information for our communications team.

Find the latest information on Ecology's response to coronavirus

All of our buildings are currently closed; however, we are still working from home. We're frequently updating information on what we're doing, what we're curtailing, and what we're changing. (See our coronavirus update page)

Tackling nitrate contamination

One of our top priorities this legislative session is to expand monitoring for nitrate contamination in drinking water in the Lower Yakima Valley.  Gov. Jay Inslee’s budget includes $378,000 to monitor 170 wells in the area where human activities contribute to high levels of nitrate in the groundwater.

(Read our blog)

Environmental evaluation for proposed Chehalis River flood reduction project ready for review

April 2 update – We extended our public comment period to May 27. To protect public health during the COVID-19 pandemic, we also have shifted our in-person public hearings to online public comment events on April 2 and April 21. We posted a blog with more details on how to participate.

Statement from Ecology director on federal vehicle emissions rollback

March 31 news release – A statement from Ecology director Laura Watson on the federal Safer Affordable Fuel-Efficient Vehicles Rule.

Ecology to exercise regulatory flexibility during COVID-19 crisis

March 27 news release – All applicable state requirements remain in effect, but Ecology will exercise reasonable discretion within our authority when deciding whether to pursue potential violations that may be linked to the current COVID-19 pandemic.

Ecology Youth Corps suspends summer litter crews for teens

March 23 news release – Ecology has canceled its 2020 Ecology Youth Corps summer litter crews for teens 14-17. Roadside litter removal will shift to adult crews for 2020 season

Skagit, Snohomish landowners now have legal water source

March 19 news release – As part of our commitment to find water solutions for Skagit Basin landowners, water is now available for some landowners in Skagit and Snohomish counties who were affected by a 2013 state Supreme Court ruling.

Comment period extended for environmental review of Chehalis flood reduction project

March 19 blog –  The public is invited to participate in an online public hearing April 2 and an online public meeting April 21 to comment on the draft environmental review for the proposed Chehalis River flood reduction project.

Help reduce food waste by giving us your best ideas

March 18 blog –  We are working on a plan to reduce food waste in Washington by 50%, and we would like your help. Please let us know what you think would work best!

Cleaning up: A riverside cleanup just around the bend

March 12 blog –  We're taking comments on studies of contamination and cleanup alternatives for exterior walls and adjacent soil at the former Anacortes water treatment plant at Mount Vernon.

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A collection of photos showcasing Washington's fabulous winter fungi.​
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