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Low flows are seen in Icicle Creek in 2001 with very little water in the stream and a lot of exposed rocks.

Restoration plan adopted for Icicle watershed

Low flows are seen here in summer 2001 along Icicle Creek, when only 20 cubic-feet-per-second (cfs) volume of water was measured. The Icicle plan seeks to bolster drought-year flows to at least 60 cfs and normal years to a total of 100 cfs to support fish and water supply needs. Read more in our Jan. 3 news release.

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$183 million proposed for clean water projects across the state​

Jan. 14 blog – We’re proposing to award more than $183 million in financial assistance for 107 high-priority clean water projects. Our grants and loans help local communities upgrade sewage treatment systems, manage polluted stormwater runoff, and complete other projects to prevent and cleanup pollution.

Burn ban lifted for Chelan, Douglas, Ferry, Kittitas, Okanogan, Pend Oreille and Stevens counties

Jan. 15 news release - Burn ban lifted for Chelan, Douglas, Ferry, Kittitas, Okanogan, Pend Oreille,and Stevens counties at noon, Jan. 15. 

Ecology seeking comment on Clallam County's proposed shoreline master program revisions​

Jan. 14 blog – We are seeking public comment on Clallam County’s proposed revisions to its shoreline master program designed to protect and guide development along the county’s 600 miles of freshwater and marine shoreline.

2019 Washington State Brownfields Conference

Jan. 11 blog – Interested in turning contaminated properties into community assets? Join us May 29 and 30 in Spokane to learn about technical issues, funding, affordable housing opportunities, and more. Then get inspired on a tour of local redevelopment projects.

Stage 1 burn ban for Chelan, Douglas, Ferry, Kittitas, Okanogan, Pend Oreille and Stevens counties

Jan. 11 news release – A ban on outdoor burning and the use of uncertified stoves and fireplaces begins at 10 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 13, in Chelan, Douglas, Kittitas, Okanogan, Ferry, Pend Oreille, and Stevens counties due to poor air quality predicted for the region.

State opposes move to downplay dangers of Hanford tank waste

Jan. 8 news release from Gov. Inslee – Washington state opposes the federal government's new plan to reclassify 56 million gallons of toxic, radioactive waste stored in underground tanks on the Hanford nuclear site. The federal Energy department seeks to reclassify a large percentage of the waste as lower level waste.

A no-contact advisory issued for Clallam Bay in Sekiu

Jan. 4 blog – A no-contact advisory has been issued from Sekiu Point to Slip Point in Clallam Bay. This closure is due to a combined sewer overflow. The public is advised to avoid contact with the water in the affected area. 

Vancouver fined $60,000 for spilling sewage into Columbia River

Jan. 4 news release – We fined the city of Vancouver $60,000 for spilling nearly 600,000 gallons of raw or partially treated sewage into the Columbia River in 2017.

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