Littell and other researchers have found that in the past 30 years or so, growth rings in trees at high elevations across the West have gotten wider. That tells them that there’s probably been less snow in the mountains. Around here, where an estimated 85 percent of our precipitation comes as snow, that could eventually mean less water in the rivers from snowmelt.
The Search for the Shrew: In an effort to keep the endangered Pacific Water Shrew safe and wild, our Watershed Management Division recently conducted a two-site search to salvage these rare and endangered species in our watersheds to ensure continual, sustainable habitat for this species at risk…
ACES, A Community on Ecosystem Services, brings together government, non-governmental organization, academia, tribal, and private sector leaders to advance the use of ecosystem services and related science in conservation, restoration, resource management, and development decisions.
EWG rated big city (population over 250,000) water utilities based on three factors: the total number of chemicals detected since 2004; the percentage of chemicals found of those tested; and the highest average level for an individual pollutant, relative to legal limits or national average amounts, including for the most common pollutants (disinfection byproducts, nitrate and arsenic).
Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife Press Release: OLYMPIA – Scientists have confirmed that Capitol Lake in Olympia is infested with aquatic invasive New Zealand mudsnails, prompting state agencies to seek the public’s help in containing the destructive invaders.