ARCHIVE: Features 2012

The home page on Ecology’s website showcases a more in-depth look at the work we do on behalf of Washington’s citizens. The following is a collection of these features.

This is the work we are doing at Ecology every day. It’s not easy, and we’re not perfect, but the citizens of Washington should know that a committed and talented group of public servants are working hard on everyone’s behalf to secure a quality of life we can all be proud of.
Ted Sturdevant, former Ecology director

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King Tide Photo Initiative

posted: December 28, 2012
program: Shorelands & Environmental Assistance

King Tides show the possible impacts of sea level rise

The Washington Department of Ecology is inviting residents and visitors to grab their cameras and head to the shorelines to take photos of Washington’s king tides. Documenting how very high tides affect the natural environment and our coastal infrastructure will help us visualize what sea level rise might look like in the future.

For more information, see:
> Washington State King Tides website
> Map of tides for Dec. 2012 - Jan. 2013
> Share photos on our Flickr group!

(The Flickr slideshow uses Adobe Shockwave)



Blue Ribbon Panel Report

Photos from the Ocean Acidification Report

posted: November 27, 2012
program: Executive Office

Ocean Acidification: From Knowledge to Action

On November 27, 2012, in response to the Panel’s recommendations, Gov. Gregoire issued Executive Order 12-07 directing the Department of Ecology and other cabinet agencies to implement the Panel’s key early actions.

For more information, see:
> Ocean Acidification website
> Governor announces actions to protect state’s shellfish
> Video: Report release news conference (TVW)



Ecology's Sustainability Report

Photo of Ecology's 2011 GRI Sustainability Report

posted: November 1, 2012
program: Ecology's Sustainability Team

Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) on Sustainability

The Washington Department of Ecology is poised to become the first environmental agency in North America to meet rigorous reporting standards for sustainability measures set by a global organization serving thousands of organizations worldwide.

The release of Ecology's Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Report combines for the first time financial, environmental, social and governance performance indicators and standards for measuring sustainability in a single document.

For more information, see:
> 2011 GRI Sustainability Report
> Download the report
> Read the news release (11/1/2012)
> Global Reporting Initiative (GRI)
> Sustainability at Ecology



Dungeness irrigators' water agreement

posted: October 17, 2012
program: Water Resources Program

Managing our water supplies

The Washington Department of Ecology signed an agreement with irrigators in the Dungeness watershed that will help protect future water supplies for agriculture. The agreement will also help ensure there is adequate water in the Sequim area for economic development and fish habitat.

For more information, see:
> Conversations: Water for Washington's Future
> Dungeness Water Management
> Voices of the Dungeness videos
> Elwha-Dungeness Watershed



Wildfire Smoke Updates

posted: September 21, 2012
program: Air Quality Program

Air monitoring updates for central and eastern Washington

Smoky skies continue in much of Central and Eastern Washington as a number of fires are burning from the Canadian border to the Columbia River border with Oregon.

For more information, see:
> Washington Smoke Information blog
> Air Quality Monitoring
> Real-time air quality data (WAQA)



Fix That Leak! - student awareness event

posted: September 10, 2012
program: Water Quality Program

Youth-Driven Auto leaks education campaign event

Ballard High school students engaged their peers to raise awareness about the importance of auto maintenance and preventing auto leaks.

The auto leaks campaign was a partnership effort between the Department of Ecology, Seattle Public Utilities, Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA Washington); KUBE 93 FM radio and three Seattle high schools (Ballard, West Seattle and Roosevelt).

For more information, see:
> "Fix That Leak!" videos
> Ecology's car maintenance information
> "Fix That Leak!" workshops in Seattle
> KUBE 93 "Fix That Leak!" page



Yakima River Basin Water Supply

(this Flickr slideshow uses Adobe Shockwave)

posted: August 3, 2012
program: Water Resources Program

Gov. Gregoire tours Eastern Washington

Gov. Chris Gregoire made a two-day tour of Eastern Washington, to highlight projects that increase the region’s water supply and expand agricultural exports.

To kick off her tour, Gregoire met with the Yakima River Basin Water Enhancement Project implementation work group, which includes representatives from the federal Bureau of Reclamation, the Yakama Nation, federal, state, and local agencies, irrigation districts, environmental organizations, and elected officials. The work group has been meeting since 2009 to develop a comprehensive strategy to meet the water demands for fish and wildlife, irrigated agriculture, and municipal water supply.

For more information, see:
> News release: Gov. Gregoire tours Eastern Washington
> Yakima Basin water management
> Managing our Water



Lean & Green: reduce waste and save money

posted: July 13, 2012
program: Hazardous Waste & Toxic Reduction

Ecology & Accra-Fab Work Together to Reduce Waste, Save Money

Impact Washington and the Washington State Department of Ecology worked with Accra-Fab, a Washington manufacturing company that specializes in custom sheet metal fabrication, to reduce waste water generated in their plating process. This success story demonstrates that what was good for the environment was also very good for the bottom line.

For more information, see:
> Lean Success Story: Accra-Fab
> Lean and Green Project for pollution prevention
> TREE: technical resources for engineering efficiency
> Lean at Ecology



Ocean Acidification

posted: April 04, 2012
program: Executive Office

Blue Ribbon Panel on Ocean Acidification

As a part of the Washington Shellfish Initiative, and with strong support from the NOAA Administrator and scientists, Governor Gregoire has convened a Blue Ribbon Panel of leading tribal, state, federal and local policy makers; scientific experts; public opinion leaders; and industry representatives.

The Blue Ribbon Panel will focus on documenting the current state of scientific knowledge, ways to advance our scientific understanding of the effects of ocean acidification, and recommend actions to respond to increasing ocean acidification, reduce harmful effects on Washington’s shellfish and other marine resources, and adapt to the impacts of acidified waters.

For more information, see:
> Blue Ribbon Panel on Ocean Acidification
> Watch the first Ocean Acidification meeting (TVW)
> Biological Impacts presentation (TVW)



What you should know about: Fine particle pollution

posted: March 06, 2012
program: Air Quality Program

Protecting Air Quality

Fine particles in air pose serious health risks to Washington residents. This video describes pollution sources and possible solutions. Be the difference, breathe the difference!

For more information, see:
> Clean-burning home heat
> Reducing auto emissions
> Real-time air monitoring data



Spokane River Restoration

posted: February 17, 2012
program: Eastern Regional Office

Unnatural rock makes a more natural Spokane River

Avista Corp. responds to 401 requirement. restoring the rivers natural flow.

For more information, see:
> Spokane River Basin
> 401 Certification for hydropower dams



King Tide Photo Initiative


posted: January 27, 2012
program: Climate Change

Facing Climage Change

The Washington Department of Ecology invited residents and visitors to grab their cameras and head to the beaches to take photos of Washington’s king tides. Documenting how very high tides affect the natural environment and our coastal infrastructure will help us visualize what sea level rise might look like in the future.

For more information, see:
> King Tide Photo Initiative
> Facing Climate Change
> Flickr: Photo Initiative collection
> Blog: Our Changing Climate

(this Flickr slideshow uses Adobe Shockwave)



Good News for Puget Sound...

Photo of Nisqually Estuary Boardwalk, source: Jesse Barham, U.S. Fish and Wildlife website

posted: January 6, 2012
program: Puget Sound

...and the people who depend on it.

Many efforts are underway to protect and restore Puget Sound.

For more information, see:
> Saving Puget Sound
> EPA Watershed Grants Awarded
> Blog: More Good News for the Environment