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210-tire_removal_sendSan Juan County workers had to use the Public Works boat like a landing craft and even rappel down a steep embankment to removed sixty tires dumped illegally on a remote San Juan Island beach.

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For those who attended the Friday Harbor Film Festival and saw Red Gold this is welcome news.

WASHINGTON—Rep. Rick Larsen, WA-02, today praised the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) move to stop the proposed Pebble Mine near Alaska’s Bristol Bay. Larsen opposes development of the Pebble Mine, which would hurt Washington fishers by damaging a critical salmon fishery.

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Oct. 30 deadline for online comments

Public News Service SEATTLE - Washington's congressional delegation earned some of the highest, and lowest, numbers on an annual scorecard from the League of Conservation Voters (LCV).

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Dave Honeywell, the owner of the property formerly known as Mar Vista Resort, must pay a $1,000 fine for the clearing of trees, shrubs and other vegetation from  more than one acre of shoreline.

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Golden Indian paintbrush (Castilleja levisecta), a showy wildflower, once thrived throughout the coastal regions of the Pacific Northwest and Western Canada. It is now facing extinction.

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The Coalition To Protect Puget Sound Habitat has filed an administrative Rule-Making to Amend Petition with the Governors Office requesting that Jay Inslee take the necessary action to direct the State Weed Board to initiate rule-making to delete Zostera japonica (Japanese Eelgrass) as a Class C Noxious Weed.

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This information about a recent discovery by scientists is expecially relevant in the islands as the county government wrestle with rules and regulations aimed at protecting the environment. It is a good illustration of how much we don't know and why environmental protection is vital.

The article "Smell of forest pine can limit climate change" on BBC.com explains how the scent of pine forest positively affects the impacts of global warning.

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The Great Migration of 22,000 Eastern North Pacific gray whales is well underway, and the first of these epic travelers are already showing up in the Sound and Straits of Washington and British Columbia.

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seastar-disease-210Scientists do not know what is causing Sea Star Wasting Syndrome. Several areas on Orcas Island's and San Juan Island's shoreline have sea stars with the wasting syndrome.

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The Environmental Protection Agency's National Stormwater Calculator (SWC) is a desktop application that estimates the annual amount of rainwater and frequency of runoff from a specific site anywhere in the United States (including Puerto Rico). Estimates are based on local soil conditions, land cover, and historic rainfall records.

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Most of the waterfront home owners in the County went through the process of determining if flood insurance is a necessity for their property when they purchased or refinanced.

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