Being Frank

  September 2019

Tribes Outraged by EPA Move to Roll Back Improved Water Quality Standards

Treaty Indian tribes in western Washington are outraged that the Environmental Protection Agency is advancing the agenda of a small group of industrial polluters to undermine public health, science and decades of hard work by rolling back the water quality … Continue reading

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  July 2019

Politics, Not Science Behind Water Quality Rollback

  I don’t know how you can be against clean water, but some of the industries in our state are. They have convinced the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to roll back the water quality standards we established two years ago. … Continue reading

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  June 2019

Fisheries Management More Challenging Every Year

Each April for the past 35 years, I’ve said the same thing: This was the most challenging North of Falcon process we’ve ever had. Every year that’s true as the tribal and state salmon co-managers’ job of sharing and rebuilding … Continue reading

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  May 2019

More Hatchery Fish Needed

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) plans to strategically release an additional 50 million Chinook from its hatcheries this year to benefit starving southern resident orcas. Opponents of the proposal argue that we must choose between having hatchery … Continue reading

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  April 2019

Puget Sound Is Not a Sewer

We must stop treating Puget Sound like a sewer if we are going to restore the fish, shellfish, wildlife and other natural resources it supports. That’s why we are urging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to stand strong in … Continue reading

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  March 2019

Proposed State Budget Underfunds Culvert Replacement

 This column represents the natural resources management interests and concerns of the treaty Indian tribes in western Washington. Treaty tribes in western Washington are concerned that Gov. Jay Inslee’s two-year $54 billion budget now before the state Legislature will not … Continue reading

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  February 2019

Ruling Strengthens Habitat Protection

A recent Washington Supreme Court ruling has strengthened a state law aimed at protecting the waters, shorelines and streambanks essential to salmon recovery. The ruling also reflects the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in the culvert case that the state has … Continue reading

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  January 2019

We’re Finding Common Ground for Salmon

The strength of the late Billy Frank Jr.’s vision and leadership is once again being called upon to help recover salmon in western Washington. Habitat, hatcheries and pinnipeds will be the focus of the Billy Frank Jr. Salmon Coalition that … Continue reading

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  December 2018

To Help Orcas, Eat Chinook

Don’t stop eating or serving chinook salmon if you want to help recover Southern Resident Killer Whales. It might make you feel better for a while, but it accomplishes little and makes recovering chinook even harder, by devastating the livelihoods … Continue reading

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  December 2018

Tribes Release Habitat Recovery Strategy

“As the salmon disappear, so do our cultures and treaty rights. We are at a crossroads and we are running out of time.” These words of the late tribal leader Billy Frank Jr. become more urgent every day. Despite massive … Continue reading

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