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We can't effectively regulate Hanford cleanup without access to key information from U.S. Department of Energy

Nuclear Waste Program inspectors at Hanford aren't getting the timely access they need to critical information that helps them do their job effecitvely. Read our blog to see what actions we're taking.

Burn right, burn clean

Your wood stove keeps you warm and cozy. And knowing how to best use your wood stove helps keep the air cleaner and your lungs healthier. Check out our short video on how to operate your wood stove most efficiently.

Learn more about the best use of wood stoves.

News stories

Let it snow!

Dec. 13 blog – More than half of the state's water supply starts out as snowpack, which is why it is so important to keep an eye on it — not just for ski conditions, but as part of our drought monitoring.We started this week with snowpack at 28% of normal for this time of year.

Brighten your holiday season with the northern opalescent nudibranch

Dec. 12 blog – This month’s aquatic critter looks like a luminous holiday spirit carrying dozens of flickering candles. The northern opalescent nudibranch has been called the most beautiful invertebrate in Puget Sound, and it’s easy to see why.

Burn ban expires for Chelan, Douglas, Kittitas, Klickitat and Okanogan counties

Dec. 9 news release –  A stage 1 burn ban in Chelan, Douglas, Kittitas, Klickitat counties and the Methow Valley in Okanogan County will expire at 8 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10. 

Stage 1 burn ban for Methow Valley, Chelan and Douglas counties; extended in Kittitas and Klickitat

Dec. 6 news release – A ban on outdoor burning and the use of uncertified stoves and fireplaces begins at 8 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, in Okanogan County’s Methow Valley, and for all of Chelan and Douglas counties due to poor air quality in the region. A Stage 1 ban that began earlier this week in Kittitas and Klickitat counties will be extended. Restrictions on burning will continue through 12 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11, when conditions will be reassessed

Salmon carcasses make a splash in Chiwawa River

Dec. 4 blog – First-hand account of a new Washington Conservation Crew member's experience tossing salmon carcass pellets into the Chiwawa River. The pellets provide important nutrients to the river.

Stage 1 burn ban called for Kittitas and Klickitat counties

Dec. 4 news release – A ban on outdoor burning and the use of uncertified stoves and fireplaces begins at 12 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4, in Kittitas and Klickitat counties due to poor air quality in the region.

Statement from Ecology Director Maia Bellon

Dec. 2 statement – Maia Bellon announces she's stepping down as director of the Washington state Department of Ecology.

Eyes Over Puget Sound: Conditions still favorable for fish growth

Nov. 27 blog – Once a month, we take high-resolution photos of Puget Sound water conditions, using seaplane to travel between our long-term monitoring stations. We publish these, along with monitoring station data, in the Eyes Over Puget Sound report.

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