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Squaxin Island Tribe, land trust, turning golf course into habitat

April 10th, 2014 by eoconnell · Comments Off on Squaxin Island Tribe, land trust, turning golf course into habitat

The Capital Land Trust and the Squaxin Island Tribe are working to bring back salmon habitat and protect an important shellfish growing area by restoring a former golf course on Oakland Bay. The land trust recently purchased the 74-acre Bayshore Golf Course, which includes the mouth of Johns Creek and over a thousand feet of […]

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Tags: Salmon · Shellfish · Water Quality

Budd Inlet Creosote Removal

February 19th, 2013 by Scott Steltzner · Comments Off on Budd Inlet Creosote Removal

For the second time in a year and half the Squaxin Island Tribe has partnered with the Department of Natural Resources creosote removal program. Click the link below to watch a video about the latest project put together by KING 5 news. Creosote Removal

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Tags: habitat · Water Quality

Working together to make sure shellfish stay safe to harvest

May 22nd, 2012 by eoconnell · Comments Off on Working together to make sure shellfish stay safe to harvest

The Squaxin Island Tribe and Mason County are forming a new partnership to protect one of the most productive shellfish growing areas in the world. The new working relationship will manage an enhanced Pollution Identification and Correction (PIC) program, as part of the state’s recently announced Shellfish Initiative. “The enhanced program will bring a new […]

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Tags: Shellfish · Water Quality

Budd/Deschutes Environmental Stewardship Coalition Update

November 15th, 2011 by jkonovsky · Comments Off on Budd/Deschutes Environmental Stewardship Coalition Update

UPDATE:  Lacey City Council unanimously passed a resolution to sign the MOU last night.  That means all have agreed and the signing ceremony on Nov. 29th is on. The Olympia City Council voted unanimously to approve signing the MOU forming the Budd/Deschutes Environmental Stewardship Coalition tonight.  The City of Yelm and the Squaxin Island Tribal […]

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Tags: habitat · Salmon · water mitigation · Water Quality

Come support the tribe’s fight to protect fish!

August 24th, 2011 by jkonovsky · Comments Off on Come support the tribe’s fight to protect fish!

Update:  Judge Paula Casey ruled in favor of the Squaxin Island Tribe to protect Johns Creek! Fish runs in Johns Creek, near Shelton, have been shrinking for years.  Wells are stealing water that should flow into Johns Creek.  Ecology has refused to stop new wells until it knows where wells can be safely drilled. So, […]

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Tags: Salmon · Water Quality

Governor comments on Samish Shellfish Closure

April 7th, 2011 by jkonovsky · Comments Off on Governor comments on Samish Shellfish Closure

Some very interesting footage of the Governor discussing with her natural resources cabinet the role of ag in closing Samish Bay to shellfish harvest.  Let’s hope she applies as much pressure on her staff the next time a closure is proposed in Oakland Bay.

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Tags: Shellfish · Water Quality

Court Rules that State’s Inaction Hurting Johns Creek Salmon

March 31st, 2011 by jkonovsky · Comments Off on Court Rules that State’s Inaction Hurting Johns Creek Salmon

KAMILCHE – A Thurston County Superior Court  ruled in favor of an effort by the Squaxin Island Tribe  to protect the Johns Creek Basin.  Squaxin filed suit  last year asking the state to impose a moratorium on  drilling new wells until the state determines if water  is legally available to supply those wells. Judge Paula […]

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Tags: Salmon · Water Quality

SB 5757

February 21st, 2011 by jkonovsky · Comments Off on SB 5757

Passed out of committee on to Way & Means. We might get this out of the Senate!

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Tags: Water Quality

Senate Bill 5757

February 14th, 2011 by jkonovsky · Comments Off on Senate Bill 5757

Tuesday, February 15th, 10AM, Senate Hearing Room 4, J.A. Cherber Building.  The Senate Environment, Water and Energy Committee will hold a hearing on SB 5757.  The Squaxin Island Tribe will testify in support of the bill. From the Squaxin perspective, the bill will provide funding to help local jurisdictions make  science-based decisions on water availability […]

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Tags: Water Quality

Oral arguments in Squaxin Island Tribe v. Gregoire this Friday

January 31st, 2011 by jkonovsky · Comments Off on Oral arguments in Squaxin Island Tribe v. Gregoire this Friday

This Friday, oral arguments will be heard in Squaxin Island Tribe v. Gregoire, a lawsuit the tribe filed last year to protect Johns Creek. For years the tribe has been urging the state to do the right thing and halt new well drilling in the Johns Creek basin. Last year, the tribe asked the governor […]

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Tags: Salmon · Water Quality