Newhouse blasts WA for turning ‘blind eye’ to Puget Sound pollution poisoning salmon
Excerpt from The Tri-City Herald:
Washington state has failed to meet federal requirements that help prioritize cleanup efforts in Puget Sound to help salmon and steelhead listed as threatened there, according to the Government Accountability Office.
Poor water quality has played a key role in the decline of salmon populations in the Puget Sound region of Washington state, the report said.
The report’s findings drew a scathing response from Rep. Dan Newhouse, R-Wash., who questioned the focus of some state officials on tearing down the Snake River dams in Eastern Washington in an effort to save salmon populations.
“For the last decade, this (state) administration has been so distracted by misguided efforts to breach the lower Snake River dams that they completely ignored the salmon being poisoned in their own backyard,” said a joint statement by Newhouse; Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., and Rep. Cliff Bentz, R-Ore.
+ Tri-City Herald: 2023 has been a record-breaking year for Puget Sound orca sightings. Here’s what to know – Factors related to humans have a direct impact on Puget Sound killer whale populations. 2023 was a banner year for one type of orca.
In other Puget Sound news:
+ The Chronicle: Quinault Nation closes tribal fishing early, calls on state to do the same “in response to alarmingly low returns of wild adult coho salmon,”