• September Is Weather Radio Awareness Month in Washington

    An “all-hazards” warning system, used not only for flood and weather events, but also immediate life-threatening hazards like tsunamis, volcanic activity, AMBER child abduction alerts, and secondary hazards from terrorism and earthquakes.

    • Has a warning alarm feature, instantly alerting you to fast-breaking, potentially life-saving warning messages around the clock.
    • Is a key element of the Emergency Alert System (EAS), providing broadcasters and you with initial and immediate emergency warning information.
    • Programmable radios available permitting site and event specific selected warnings.
    • Weather radios have a battery backup in case of power outages.
    • Broadcasts the latest area weather forecasts and conditions 24-hours a day. Operates on special frequencies not found on regular AM/FM bands.
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  • Developer Pleads Guilty to Illegally Filling Wetlands in Southwest Washington

    OLYMPIA, Wash. – Philip A. Smith, 53, of Chehalis, Washington, pleaded guilty Monday morning in U.S. District Court in Tacoma to damaging approximately 98 acres of wetlands in southwest Washington by using mechanized land clearing equipment in an effort to prepare the site for future commercial development.   The admitted conduct violated the Clean Water Act prohibition on discharging pollutants into waters of the United States without first obtaining a permit.  SMITH is scheduled to be sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Benjamin H. Settle on January 10, 2011.  The maximum criminal penalties for the felony violation include up to three years in prison and a fine of not more than $50,000 per day of violation.


                “We will not allow developers to violate environmental laws to line their pockets,” said U.S. Attorney Jenny A. Durkan.  “These vital wetlands were damaged in a failed bid to make a substantial profit.  We will work with local, state and federal regulatory agencies to prosecute those who damage our treasured public resources for their personal gain.”

                            “Washington’s wetlands deserve vigilant protection,” said Tyler Amon, Special Agent-in-Charge for EPA’s Office of Criminal Enforcement in Seattle.  “A collaborative enforcement effort between EPA and the Washington Department of Ecology lead to today’s conviction.  We will continue to vigorously pursue and prosecute criminals that destroy these invaluable northwest resources.”

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  • Contribute to wild-salmon recovery by taking home six hatchery coho

    VANCOUVER, Wash. – Anglers planning to fish for salmon on any of the eight tributaries that flow into the Columbia River below Bonneville Dam can expect good fishing for hatchery coho.

    Starting Aug. 1, when fall salmon fishing opens in the Columbia River Basin, anglers fishing those rivers will be allowed to catch and keep up to six adult salmon per day, provided that at least four of them are hatchery-reared coho. No wild coho may be retained.

    The six-fish daily limit – up from two salmon in recent years – may also include up to two chinook salmon, subject to rules in effect on each river.

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