SEDRO-WOOLLEY — The Sedro-Woolley Lions Club is seeing if it can recycle enough plastic film packaging to earn a park bench.
The latest National Fish and Wildlife Foundation grant package for Southern Resident orca recovery includes funding for two Skagit County projects.
In response to the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community’s threat to sue, the Army Corps of Engineers agreed last week to take a new look at the regionally developed Skagit Delta Tidegate Fish Initiative under the federal Endangered Species Act.
Leadership of the state Department of Fish and Wildlife’s North Puget Sound Region discussed during an online open house Thursday what it has planned for 2022, and took questions from community members.
The Canada lynx, which has been documented in the North Cascades, will remain listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act, according to a settlement agreement filed Friday in U.S. District Court.
The state Department of Fish and Wildlife is hosting regional open houses online this week, including for North Puget Sound at 6 p.m. Thursday.
Because more coho salmon are returning to the Skagit River watershed to spawn than expected this year, the state Department of Fish and Wildlife last week announced a third extension of fishing on the Skagit and Cascade rivers.
The Skagit County Board of Commissioners passed a resolution Monday asking Seattle City Light to commit to a “regionally equitable salmon investment” in the Skagit River watershed as the utility seeks a new federal license for its three dams on the river.
A U.S. District Court judge heard arguments Tuesday in a lawsuit over the Navy’s expansion of its EA-18G Growler jet fleet at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island.
A program focused on helping students take environmental actions within their own communities has expanded to Skagit County this year.
A long overdue update to the management plan for the 2,800 acres that make up the Anacortes Community Forest Lands is inching closer to adoption by the Anacortes City Council.
MOUNT VERNON — Outside his Mount Vernon home Tuesday morning, longtime Skagit Audubon Society member Tim Manns saw a towhee, a bird common in the western United States.
FIDALGO BAY — Holding up a jar filled with water and sand, students looked at roughly 400 tiny, white eggs floating inside — surf smelt at the very early stages of their lives.
The latest lawsuit over fish in the state claims hatchery-raised salmon and steelhead may impact already-diminished wild populations and the orca whales that eat them.
MARBLEMOUNT — Though Pressentin Park is closed to the public because of ongoing habitat restoration and construction work, some highly anticipated visitors have been spotted in the area.
SEDRO-WOOLLEY — A cleanup project is underway at the SWIFT Center to address environmental contamination left behind over the years.
While Skagit County's lawsuit against Seattle City Light over its financial records is pending, the county has raised additional concerns about the relicensing process for the city's Skagit River Hydroelectric Project dams.
Before the wettest weather of the year arrives, Monday will mark the start of Skagit County’s annual Flood Awareness Week.
Leadership for federal land management and environmental education in the North Cascades is changing.
The nonprofit conservation organization Washington Wild looked back last week on efforts to protect the Skagit River headwaters in British Columbia from logging and mining, and rallied supporters to continue that work.
After decades of decline and several years of a pilot restoration effort that includes sites in Skagit County, the state Department of Fish and Wildlife has drafted a recovery plan for the pinto abalone.
SEDRO-WOOLLEY — Martha Rose has built her career from the ground up.
A statewide single-use plastic bag ban takes effect Friday.
Attention to restoring the Puget Sound chinook salmon population, of which Skagit River fish are a major component, continues to grow.
Plans are under review for the proposed relocation of a section of the Olympic Pipeline where it crosses Colony Creek in Bow.
From Whatcom County where Seattle City Light's three Skagit River dams are located to Seattle where the public utility is headquartered, lawsuits are stacking up as relicensing of the century-old hydroelectric project gets underway.
A leak Tuesday afternoon at the Shell Puget Sound Refinery at March Point led to an evacuation of employees.
On the heels of an announcement that three Southern Resident orcas are pregnant comes word that a mother and grandmother orca of L pod is presumed dead.
The black-bodied, orange-billed tufted puffin can be difficult to find not only because it’s a seabird that spends most of its time bobbing on the water and obscured by waves, but also because its population has plummeted in Washington.
ANACORTES — Chris Sparks arrives on a gray September Saturday at what is known as the red cannery off 11th Street in Anacortes. He’s here to load up 3,000 pounds of live crab to deliver to Canada in the afternoon.
Feelings about the region’s endangered Southern Resident orca whales continue to swing this year from excitement to worry.
As high temperatures baked Western Washington during the late-June heat wave, the robust mountain snowpack melted quickly.
A public health warning was issued Friday for Campbell Lake after water samples taken from the lake Sept. 7 showed significant levels of microcysin, a toxin produced by blue-green algae.
While the commercial harvesting of oysters has been closed in Samish Bay since July 16 because of the presence of the illness-causing bacteria vibrio, the recreational harvesting of shellfish was also closed this week on area beaches.
The Swinomish Indian Tribal Community sent the Army Corps of Engineers on Thursday a 60-day notice of intent to sue over what it says is the corps’ failure to uphold the federal Endangered Species Act, according to a news release from the tribe.
CONCRETE — Crews will soon move from the Lorenzan Creek fish passage project along Highway 20 in Concrete to the Fish Creek project site in Grassmere.
Scientists here and worldwide are trying to answer the question of how much blue carbon various kinds of shoreline habitats can store.
MOUNT VERNON (AP) — A fight over the lack of fish passage at Seattle City Light dams escalated Tuesday when Skagit County sued the city of Seattle to force the release of some of the utility’s financial records.
In an area where the south fork of the Stillaguamish River moves from mountain terrain to valley before winding its way toward the saltwater near Camano Island, the Stillaguamish Tribe of Indians and U.S. Forest Service are working to reroute the river’s flow in order to improve habitat for fish.
BOWMAN BAY — With the morning sun glinting off the water, and gulls, herons and oystercatchers flying above, three kayakers slid their boats into the water at Deception Pass State Park.
More than two years after lawsuits were filed over Naval Air Station Whidbey Island’s growing EA-18G Growler fleet and increasing practice flights, the issue of whether the Navy adequately assessed the environmental and public health impacts of such growth remains tied up in court.
DECEPTION PASS STATE PARK — Pass Lake is closed to all activities due to dangerous levels of blue green algae.
As Skagit County experienced yet another stretch of oppressive heat, smoke and continued drought this past week, news alerts kept coming about massive fires in the U.S., Canada and Greece along with word of a Code Red announced in the latest report from a United Nations group studying climat…
Disagreement continues over how to approach Seattle City Light’s Gorge Dam during relicensing of the city’s three-dam hydropower system on the upper Skagit River.
ANACORTES — While most hands at the Anacortes Farmers Market on a recent Saturday exchanged fresh produce and craft goods, a few tinkered with items including lamps, watches, televisions and extension cords.
MARCH POINT — The patch of forested land protected at March Point to support great blue heron nesting is growing this summer to 15.5 acres.
Longtime tribal fisheries advocate Lorraine Loomis of the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community died Tuesday. She was 81.
This story was updated on Aug. 17
The state Department of Fish and Wildlife will allow Cooke Aquaculture to move up to 365,000 young steelhead from a hatchery to a marine net pen near Hope Island.
Following an unprecedented absence from the Salish Sea, the region’s endangered Southern Resident orcas visited their “summer home” briefly last week.
ARLINGTON — Sarvey Wildlife Care Center in Arlington recently opened a new aviary designed for the recovery of ill, injured or abandoned American bald eagles and other large birds of prey.
ANACORTES — At least one deer in northeast Anacortes has died as a result of the viral infection known as adenovirus hemorrhagic disease (AHD), the state Department of Fish and Wildlife confirmed Wednesday.
ANACORTES — After four years of work, the Anacortes City Council on Monday passed an update to rules regulating development in and around environmentally critical areas.
*Updated 7/29 to correct the current number of orcas.
Nearly a year after a black plume rose from the Shell Puget Sound Refinery at March Point and the nearby Swinomish Indian Tribal Community alerted residents to close windows and stay indoors to avoid a smell described as like burning rubber, the refinery has been fined $60,000.