Ecology Blog

Plans for Nooksack adjudication are underway
Plans for water rights adjudication in the Nooksack Basin have raised a lot of questions. We have answers.
Helping state agencies control fish, invasive animals, and insects
We're currently working to issue the new Aquatic and Invasive Species Control general permit.
Fecal Matters: Cormorant Cove and Richey Viewpoint beaches are now open for water recreation, King County
On Jan. 17, 2023, Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) lifted the closure at both Cormorant Cove and Richey Viewpoint beaches in King County.
Fecal Matters: UPDATE — Cormorant Cove beach closure now includes Richey Viewpoint Park, King County
On Jan. 12, 2023, Seattle Public Utilities posted additional closure signs at Richey Viewpoint Park in King County. The park is located just north of Cormorant Cove beach, also under closure.
Fecal Matters: Cormorant Cove beach is closed to water recreation, King County
On Jan. 10, 2023, Seattle Public Utilities issued a closure at Cormorant Cove beach in King County.
Stretch it out: The squat lobster finds strength in flexibility
It’s almost January, which for many, means healthy New Year’s resolutions. This month’s critter varies its routine to stay in shape year-round, in order to adapt to life in a changing ocean.
Are Washington's climate policies working?
A review of Washington's climate policies, what they are, and their status.
Expedited rulemaking to amend state SEPA rules
We are amending state SEPA rules to increase the exemption levels local governments can incorporate into their policies and procedures for apartments, small houses, and attached homes.
No dioxin found in Lower Yakima Valley groundwater
After two years of testing drinking water wells in the Lower Yakima Valley, Ecology has found no evidence of dioxin contamination. Our results provide reassuring data about drinking water safety.
Ecology soliciting applications for local flood hazard planning grants
The Washington Legislature established the state Flood Control Assistance Account Program (FCAAP) to help local and Tribal governments plan for and reduce their flood risks.

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