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Progress isn’t keeping pace with the climate crisis, WEC says in annual State of our Forests and Public Lands report

Washington Environmental Council and Washington Conservation Voters release their annual State of Forests and Public Lands report, which is an annual evaluation of Washington’s Commissioner of Public Lands, Hilary Franz, and the Department of Natural Resources.

  • Evergreen Forests
  • General
  • Litigation
  • Lobby & Advocacy
  • Organizational

Washington State Supreme Court Rules in Conservation Northwest v Commissioner of Public Lands

This unanimous decision recognizes that the DNR can integrate the many diverse public benefits of forests into the management of state forestlands, beyond maximizing revenue generation from timber harvests.

  • Civic Engagement
  • Clean Water
  • Climate & Clean Energy
  • Lobby & Advocacy
  • Organizational
  • Racial & Environmental Justice

Our letter to Governor Inslee and Senator Murray on Lower Snake River Dam Benefit Replacement Draft Report

WEC and WCV support the removal of the dams. Washington and the Federal government must uphold Treaty Rights and restore the nearly extinct Snake River salmon.

  • Civic Engagement
  • Clean Water
  • Land Use
  • Lobby & Advocacy
  • Organizational
  • People for Puget Sound
  • Puget Sound

2022 Nature’s Scorecard Report Highlights Little Progress on Stormwater Protections Across Puget Sound

Stormwater retrofits help control the greatest threat to our waters but Nature’s Scorecard shows that municipalities aren’t doing what needs to be done.

  • Civic Engagement
  • Clean Water
  • General
  • Lobby & Advocacy
  • Organizational
  • People for Puget Sound
  • Racial & Environmental Justice

Act Now: Stop Salmon, Steelhead, and Orca Extinction

We can stop extinction and lead the largest salmon restoration in history. But it won’t happen without your support.

  • Civic Engagement
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We Are Nature too, every day: Celebrating Earth Day Every Day

Earth Day was never, and still is not limited to a singular day, but for communities and indigenous nations across the globe who are still connected to the rhythms of their natural ecosystems, Earth Day is every day.

  • Civic Engagement
  • Democracy
  • Environmental Priorities Coalition
  • General
  • Legislative
  • Lobby & Advocacy
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2022 Washington Legislators Push Transportation Across Finish Line, Leaders React on Priorities

2022 Washington Legislators Push Transportation Across Finish Line, Leaders React on Priorities. It was a strong year for environmental priorities, including GMA and salmon.

  • Clean Water
  • General
  • Lobby & Advocacy
  • Organizational
  • People for Puget Sound
  • Puget Sound
  • Racial & Environmental Justice

Celebrating Billy Frank Jr Day, Still Fighting for Salmon

Honoring Billy Frank Jr fought for tribes, salmon, and the natural world. We honor and observe him on March 9, Billy Frank Jr Day with resources and ways to learn more about him

  • Civic Engagement
  • Clean Water
  • Educating Voters
  • General
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  • Lobby & Advocacy
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  • People for Puget Sound
  • Puget Sound
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Free speaker series explores Pacific Northwest dams, salmon, culture, economy

As a July deadline approaches for Governor Inslee & Senator Murray to announce their action plan for whether to breach the four lower Snake dams, a free series of events, beginning this week, will provide insight into the most critical questions facing the Pacific Northwest.

  • Clean Water
  • General
  • Litigation
  • Lobby & Advocacy
  • Organizational
  • People for Puget Sound
  • Puget Sound

Court rules on No Discharge Zone, blocking lingering Trump Admin attempt to allow vessels to dump sewage into Puget Sound

Court sides with public health and environmentalists, blocking lingering Trump Administration attempt to allow vessels to dump sewage into Puget Sound.

  • Civic Engagement
  • Climate & Clean Energy
  • Environmental Priorities Coalition
  • Fossil Fuels
  • Legislative
  • Lobby & Advocacy

Environmental Orgs Respond to Introduction of 2022 Transportation Package

Environmental Orgs Respond to Introduction of 2022 Transportation Package

  • Civic Engagement
  • Environmental Priorities Coalition
  • Legislative
  • Lobby & Advocacy

Kicking off legislative session

Today marks the first day of Washington’s 2022 legislative session.

  • General
  • Organizational

Season’s Greetings from WEC

Thanks to our wonderful legislators, energetic volunteers and activists, generous donors, hard-working partners, and YOU — 2021 was an amazing year, even if it was all virtual. Your support made these wins — and so much more — possible.

  • Civic Engagement
  • Environmental Priorities Coalition
  • Legislative
  • Lobby & Advocacy

Announcing our 2022 legislative priorities

Even with a shorter session, the Environmental Priorities Coalition will continue fighting for people and the environment — making sure we maintain our commitment to address the climate crisis, salmon recovery, and help sustain healthy communities for generations to come.

  • Fossil Fuels
  • Litigation

Board Decides Tacoma LNG Facility Can Operate Despite Flawed and Dangerous Analysis in Air Permits

Today, the Washington Pollution Control Hearings Board (PCHB) ruled that Puget Sound Energy’s (PSE) air permits, issued by Puget Sound Clean Air Agency (PSCAA), given to the Tacoma Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) facility were adequate, in spite of misleading and inaccurate information used to evaluate the project.

  • Evergreen Forests
  • Litigation

Conservation groups, residents argue before Washington Supreme Court that State Forests must be managed for “all the people”

Rural residents from across Washington, educators and conservationists ask Court to interpret the plain terms of the State Constitution providing that “all the public lands granted to the state are held in trust for all the people”.

  • General
  • Organizational
  • Racial & Environmental Justice

Today is Indigenous Peoples’ Day

On this Indigenous Peoples Day, it is important to recognize that having only one day to honor the Indigenous communities who have lived on this land since time immemorial is not enough.  We invite you to join us in setting the intention to show gratitude, humility, and solidarity in standing with Indigenous peoples across our state throughout the year and through our lives.

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Statement on Voluntary Recognition of Evergreen Workers Union

Addressing the climate crisis means everyone must be a collective part of the solution. Today, WEC has voluntarily recognized the Evergreen Workers Union.

  • Clean Water
  • General
  • Racial & Environmental Justice

Celebrating 10 years of dam removal, salmon recovery, and community resilience on the Lower Elwha

Ten years ago this fall, the biggest dam deconstruction anywhere in the world began in the Elwha River watershed on the Olympic Peninsula.

  • Educating Voters
  • General
  • Land Use

Why Land Use Matters

When we look at how our communities were designed, what we see are deliberate land use choices at the intersection of climate, housing, and environmental justice.

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  • Lobby & Advocacy

Announcing Annual Report Card on Commissioner Franz & Department of Natural Resources

Today, Washington Environmental Council and Washington Conservation Voters released our annual State of Forests and Public Lands report online.

  • Climate & Clean Energy
  • General
  • Racial & Environmental Justice

Transportation justice is climate justice

We must address transportation in our communities to tackle climate justice in Washington — people living in urban and rural Washington alike deserve an array of options to get them where they need to go.

  • Climate & Clean Energy
  • Fossil Fuels
  • Litigation

U.S. Supreme Court dismisses last legal appeal for Washington state coal export proposal

Proposed Millennium Bulk Terminals project was last of seven Pacific Northwest coal terminals proposed since 2010.

  • General
  • Puget Sound

We Are Family: Celebrate Orca Action Month

Lasting change for our Southern resident orca neighbors calls on all of us to act.

  • Climate & Clean Energy

Washington Department of Ecology Denies Key Permit for Rye Development’s Goldendale Pumped Storage Development

The Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology) denied a key permit for the Goldendale Energy Pumped Storage Hydroelectric Project, proposed by Rye Development and National Grid (Rye). Without a Clean Water Act (CWA) 401 Certification, the project cannot proceed.

  • Climate & Clean Energy
  • Fossil Fuels

Victory Over Massive Fracked Gas Refinery

Amidst strong opposition and legal defeats, developers end pursuit of world’s largest fracked gas-to-methanol refinery

  • Fossil Fuels
  • General
  • Land Use

Why You Should Care About the TMX Pipeline Expansion

The TMX expansion would cause an increase in tar sand extractions in northern Alberta, with a capacity of 590,000 barrels per day. Oil from tar sands is one of the most destructive, carbon-intensive and toxic fuels on the planet.

  • Evergreen Forests
  • General
  • Legislative
  • Lobby & Advocacy

State’s Community Forest Program receives $16.3 million in inaugural year

Washington’s 2021-23 capital budget includes $16.3 million for a new Community Forest Program administered by the Recreation and Conservation Office (RCO). This level of funding will support six projects driven by local communities in Chelan, Jefferson, Pierce, Klickitat, Kittitas, and Kitsap Counties.

  • Climate & Clean Energy
  • Environmental Priorities Coalition
  • Fossil Fuels
  • General
  • Legislative
  • Lobby & Advocacy

2021 Brings Bold Climate and Environmental Progress in Washington, Making History with Clean Fuel Standard & Environmental Justice

Critical Climate Policies Position Washington State as a Climate Leader

  • Climate & Clean Energy
  • Environmental Priorities Coalition
  • Legislative
  • Lobby & Advocacy

Washington Legislature Moves to Approve a Clean Fuel Standard for Washington State

Transformational Climate Policy Will Head to Governor’s Desk

  • Climate & Clean Energy
  • Legislative
  • Lobby & Advocacy

Washington Lawmakers Met this Climate Moment: Passing a Historic Carbon Pricing Bill

Landmark Climate Commitment Act Passes the House and now heads to Senate for Concurrence

  • Clean Water
  • General
  • People for Puget Sound
  • Puget Sound

Seattle Aquarium hosts We Are Puget Sound Photo Exhibit, Collection of Greater Salish Sea Stories that Provoke Change and Foster Connection

The exhibit is open in Seattle now through August!

  • Clean Water
  • General
  • People for Puget Sound
  • Racial & Environmental Justice

Snake River named America’s Most Endangered River for 2021

Salmon recovery action must be part of national infrastructure investment

  • Climate & Clean Energy
  • Fossil Fuels
  • Litigation

Puget Sound Energy to be Tried in Court Over Tacoma LNG Facility

The Puyallup Tribe of Indians and five environmental organizations, represented by Earthjustice, challenge Puget Sound Energy’s (PSE) permits for the Tacoma Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) facility in a hearing before the Pollution Control Hearings Board.

  • Climate & Clean Energy
  • Democracy
  • Environmental Priorities Coalition
  • General
  • Legislative

Third Time’s A Charm: State Senate Makes History Advancing Critical Climate policy

Clean Fuel Standard one step closer to Governor Inslee’s desk!

  • Climate & Clean Energy
  • Fossil Fuels
  • Litigation

WEC uses all available tools to stop the build-out of new fracked gas facilities for the health of our communities and the future of our environment

In response to this polluting project and egregious conduct, WEC joined the Puyallup Tribe and four other environmental partners to challenge the facility. After a year of delay, multiple days of oral arguments will begin on April 12th.

  • Climate & Clean Energy
  • Environmental Priorities Coalition
  • Fossil Fuels
  • Legislative
  • Lobby & Advocacy

Key Senate Committee Votes to Advance Clean Fuel Standard

Pressure on Senate Leadership to approve Critical Climate Policy Majority of Washingtonians Consistently Support

  • Civic Engagement
  • Educating Voters
  • Environmental Priorities Coalition
  • Legislative
  • Lobby & Advocacy

Fighting for the environment and our communities on social media

Our Digital Week of Action was a huge success!

  • Climate & Clean Energy
  • Educating Voters
  • Fossil Fuels
  • Lobby & Advocacy

Our Approach to Carbon Pricing

A key indicator of climate change is found in the ever-increasing rate at which ice is disappearing across the planet; nearly 1.2 trillion tons each year. While the speed of ice loss is now in line with worst-case scenarios for people and our environment, we will not achieve climate justice without racial justice. We must…

  • Civic Engagement
  • Democracy
  • Lobby & Advocacy

The Crisis of our Democracy is Intertwined with the Climate Crisis

Like you, I feel uneasy because of what we had to bear witness to at the U.S. Capitol and at our own Capitol complex in Olympia earlier this month. While the lopsided response to a predominantly white, antisemitic, right-wing attack wasn’t surprising for so many of us Native, Black, immigrant, Latinx, queer people, or people…

  • Climate & Clean Energy
  • Fossil Fuels

Washington Rejects Massive Methanol Refinery

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, 19 January, 2021 Fracked Gas Refinery and Export Terminal Would Have Significant Climate Impact  Media Contact: Brett VandenHeuvel; Columbia Riverkeeper: (503) 348-2436 The Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology) denied permits for the massive fracked gas-to-methanol refinery proposed in Kalama, WA. Ecology nixed the fossil fuel processing and export proposal after deciding it would have…

  • Climate & Clean Energy
  • Fossil Fuels
  • General
  • Racial & Environmental Justice

Puyallup Tribe, Community Organizations Challenge Dangerous Tacoma LNG Facility

Permits based on flawed and dangerous analysis put community at risk

  • Climate & Clean Energy
  • Fossil Fuels
  • General
  • Litigation

The fight against Tacoma’s new LNG facility continues

The trial led by Puyallup Tribe and environmental advocates has concluded in the fight against Puget Sound Energy’s illegal Tacoma LNG facility.

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Washington Supreme Court accepts review of case arguing state forests must be managed for “all the people”

 

  • People for Puget Sound

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