Being Frank

  January 2020

Leadership, Cooperation, Commitment Will Recover Salmon

Treaty Indian tribes in western Washington are greatly encouraged by Gov. Jay Inslee’s recent commitment to challenge the status quo and take steps needed for salmon recovery. It happened last month at the annual Centennial Accord meeting. Created in 1989 … Continue reading

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  December 2019

Billy Frank Jr. Salmon Coalition a Return to Cooperation

The Billy Frank Jr. Salmon Coalition is looking forward to another year of working together to accomplish responsible management through responsible leadership. We formed the coalition of tribal, state and local policy leaders, sport and commercial fishermen, conservation groups, scientists, … Continue reading

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  December 2019

Habitat Work Shows Promise of Salmon Recovery

Treaty tribes are encouraged by fish passage improvement projects in the Puget Sound region and other projects that will open access to many miles of good salmon spawning and rearing habitat. They are clear examples of the kinds of action … Continue reading

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  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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