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February 24, 2014 at 12:03 PM

Sewage discharge: Provide more boat pumpout stations

I have, and use, a holding tank on my recreational vessel because it’s the right thing to do and also because I like to jump in for a swim too [“ ‘No discharge zones’ for sewage sought for region’s waterways,” Local News, Feb. 20]. But it’s not easy. Amy Jankowiak of the Department of Ecology’s…


Comments | More in Boating | Topics: boating, Douglas Pratt, Elliott Bay

October 18, 2013 at 4:33 PM

Increase investment in the Puget Sound environment

Everyone has a stake in the conversation I completely agree with Jay Manning and Bill Taylor [“What we can do about ocean acidification and climate change,” opinion, Oct. 10]. For the sake of our environment and the economy, we must protect Puget Sound. In doing so, every tool at our disposal should be used to address this issue…


Comments | More in Environment | Topics: environment, puget sound

September 23, 2013 at 4:24 PM

Keeping sewage out of Puget Sound

Column misrepresents cruise ships Peter Goldmark’s column inaccurately represents the cruise industry and does not make mention of our world-class environmental practice or the regulatory controls and oversight we have in place. [“Guest column: We must keep boat sewage out of Puget Sound,” Opinion, Sept. 18.]First, cruise ships are not discharging in Puget Sound, and…


Comments | More in Environment, Seattle | Topics: cruise ships, environment, puget sound

September 19, 2013 at 6:39 PM

Keeping Puget Sound clean

Small boats not at fault Peter Goldmark’s highlighting of sewage discharge from recreational boats in Puget Sound misses the mark. [“Guest column: We must keep boat sewage out of Puget Sound,” Opinion, Sept. 18.] There is almost no place in Puget Sound that is the required three miles from shore to allow any such discharge…


Comments | More in Environment, Seattle | Topics: boating, pollution, puget sound

September 14, 2013 at 6:55 AM

VA Puget Sound Health Care System gets poor review

Not this veteran’s experience I was shocked and dismayed to read the recent article on the Puget Sound Veteran Affairs health system. [“Puget Sound VA health system gets poor reviews for quality,” page one, Sept. 9.] That conflicts with every experience I’ve had at the VA hospital on Beacon Hill. I’ve had a tumor taken off my…


Comments | More in Health care, Seattle | Topics: beacon hill, health care, puget sound

August 23, 2013 at 11:13 AM

The impact of the coal trains and exports in Washington

The law of unintended consequences I recently stopped at a railroad crossing and was amazed at the length of time it took to wait for the coal train to pass. [“Mayor had coal-study findings since July,” page one, Aug. 20.] It was at least five minutes, which made us do the math. If 18 additional coal…


Comments | More in Environment, Politics, Seattle | Topics: coal exports, Coal trains, impact

August 7, 2013 at 7:01 AM

Puget Sound orcas remain protected

Legal firm works against the environment The article in The Times about the Puget Sound orca victory over California farmers noted that the farmers were represented by the Pacific Legal Foundation. [“Puget Sound orcas versus Calif. farmers: Whales win,” page one, Aug. 3.] It should have been noted that the Pacific Legal Foundation is regularly at…


Comments | More in Environment | Topics: california farmers, orca, pacific legal foundation

August 5, 2013 at 7:32 PM

Pacific-octopus hunting banned in scuba sites

Action does not do enough I applaud the Washington Fish & Wildlife Commission for imitating the giant Pacific octopus — like the cephalopod, they are completely spineless. [“Around the Northwest: Pacific-octopus hunting banned,” NW Saturday, Aug. 3.] An icon species, too big and tough to eat, fails to get protection throughout its total range in the…


Comments | More in Environment, Politics | Topics: cephalopod, giant Pacific octopus, hunting

August 1, 2013 at 6:58 AM

Bellevue waterfront rules making waves

Shoreline Management Act must be updated The article on Bellevue’s waterfront conflict reveals the uphill struggle in modernizing environmental regulation. [“Waves of concern over Bellevue waterfront rules,” page one, July 29.] Bellevue’s waterfront demographic couldn’t be more complicated: Money and political influence meet a well-educated constituency of waterfront homeowners who certainly comprehend their unique stewardship responsibility. Updating…


Comments | More in Environment, Politics, Seattle | Topics: bellevue, ecology, puget sound

July 31, 2013 at 6:53 AM

Giant Pacific octopus may be off the menu

Commission should ban octopus fishing in Puget Sound This Friday, the state Fish and Wildlife Commission will be adopting rules regarding catching and killing of giant Pacific octopus here in the Puget Sound. Giant Pacific octopuses are the largest in the world, and are some of the most intelligent sea creatures we know. The current rule allows…


Comments | More in Economy, Environment, Seattle | Topics: diving, Fish and Wildlife Commission, fishing