Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017

Progress report

Study: Effort to restore Puget Sound won't meet goal


KNKX Seattle

The Washington state agency charged with leading the restoration of Puget Sound says it cannot meet its inaugural goal of recovering the ecosystem by 2020. That’s one of the takeaways from the Puget Sound Partnership’s 2017 “State of the Sound” report. Ten years into its mission, the agency says some progress has been made, especially on projects that respond directly to investment such as restoration of floodplains and estuaries.


Report forecasts shrinking snowpacks in West

Capital Press

Washington, Oregon and Idaho snowpacks are expected be much smaller by mid-century if greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise, according to projections. The Fourth National Climate Assessment asserts that the mild winter of 2014–15 may have foreshadowed the future. "As a harbinger, the unusually low Western U.S. snowpack of 2015 may become the norm," according to the report.


Governors want feds' help in invasive mussel fight

Associated Press

Governors of 19 Western states are pressing the federal government to do more to prevent the spread of damage-causing invasive mussels from infected federally managed waterways. The Western Governors' Association sent a letter urging Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to put in place by spring 2018 controls to prevent the spread of zebra and quagga mussels.