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2008-07-30 12:00:36

By Warren Cornwall, Seattle Times Jul. 30--The U.S. Navy can keep setting off underwater explosions in Puget Sound without posing a serious threat to protected salmon, steelhead and orcas, a federal wildlife agency has concluded. The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) determined that dozens of naval exercises involving explosive charges up to 20 pounds could kill thousands of salmon. But the agency also said it wouldn't make a significant dent in the overall fish populations and...

2008-07-25 15:00:41

By Warren Cornwall, Seattle Times Jul. 25--How much is Puget Sound worth? At least $7 billion to $62 billion a year, according to a team of economists. Trying to put a price tag on the Sound's ecosystem, including the forests, wetlands and mountains surrounding it, might seem as fruitless as trying to sell the sun. But that's exactly what a small but growing cadre of economists and environmentalists is doing. A report issued Thursday by Earth Economics, a Seattle-based...

2008-07-10 12:00:38

By Warren Cornwall, Seattle Times Jul. 10--Indian tribes, trying to protect imperiled White River salmon, and Eastside cities, thirsty for water, have reached a deal that removes a major roadblock to the cities' quest to pipe water from Lake Tapps. The agreement, announced Wednesday, would ensure more water stays in the White River than in earlier decades. In the past, parts of the river nearly ran dry, as most of the water was diverted to Lake Tapps and a hydropower dam. "It means...

2008-06-30 21:02:23

By Warren Cornwall, Seattle Times Jun. 30--People drawn to the beauty of Hood Canal are helping suffocate the very waters that brought them here. Septic systems pumping nitrogen into the southern end of the deep, picturesque fjord, are helping feed a chain reaction resulting in fish kills and depleting the richness of underwater life, scientists announced today. The findings follow three years of intensive work by scientists trying to decipher why the canal has suffered oxygen levels...


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  • A stinking tobacco.
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