Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife

Comments soughts on proposed protective status of greater sage-grouse and western gray squirrel

State wildlife managers are seeking public comment on draft status reviews that recommend keeping greater sage-grouse and western gray squirrels on the state’s threatened species list. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) periodically reviews the status of protected species in the state. The public can comment through Dec. 29 on the listing recommendations […]

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  • Hiring Our Heroes Event 09242015

    More Than 2,000 Service Members & Spouses to Attend Washington State Service Member for Life Summit

    Event with Government, Business, and Community Leaders Focuses on Post-Military Employment; Job Fair to Include More Than 250 Employers JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD, WA— More than 250 employers are registered to connect with over 2,000 service members, veterans, and military spouses through a job opportunities fair at the Washington State Service Member for Life Summit. This […]

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  • Kilmer at Kompany

    Kilmer introduces two amendments to defense bill to help veterans looking for jobs and civilian shipyard workers

    On Tuesday, Representative Derek Kilmer introduced two amendments to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to help servicemembers find jobs and authorize overtime for civilian shipyard workers overseas. The amendments will be considered by the House Rules Committee for inclusion in the NDAA bill set to be debated on the floor this week in the […]

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  • Peacock Named Community Executive for Red Cross Mount Rainier Chapter

    SEATTLE, Wash. – Tracy Peacock has been named community executive for the American Red Cross Mount Rainier Chapter. She succeeds Michael Patton who retired earlier this year.

    Tracy is an excellent addition to our local Red Cross family, she brings strong leadership skills, extensive experience in the nonprofit sector and passion for our life-saving work in the community. She is exceptionally qualified to lead the local chapter. – Ed Burtnett, Mount Rainier Chapter board chair

    Peacock will provide leadership for the chapter including its fundraising and community engagement efforts. She will also help build community awareness of the Red Cross; manage the local board of directors; and support Red Cross services throughout Pierce, Thurston, Mason, Grays Harbor and Lewis counties. Last year the chapter responded to more than 140 local disasters, trained nearly 20,000 people in first aid, CPR and disaster preparedness, and delivered more than 1,100 emergency messages to local military families.

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  • Puget Sound waters to run red near Joint Base Lewis McChord

    OLYMPIA, Wash. – Red dye will be injected into treated wastewater this week at Joint Base Lewis McChord’s wastewater plant then monitored in a state health department study. The Department of Health, along with federal, tribal, state and local agencies, are doing the study in the Puget Sound waters off Solo Point in Pierce County to see where shellfish are safe to harvest.

    The test will be on Monday and Tuesday. Red dye will likely be visible in the waters near the treatment plant. Tracking will include gauging the wastewater’s movement and dilution. The dye isn’t harmful to people, marine life, or the environment.

    The United States Environmental Protection Agency is funding this test as part of a larger study, which includes other pollution surveys and ongoing marine water quality monitoring. Results will help determine whether closed shellfish beaches in some areas of Pierce County could be reopened to harvest.

    The Department of Health is responsible for the safety of commercial shellfish harvested in the state. The agency’s Office of Shellfish and Water Protection uses national standards to classify all commercial shellfish harvesting areas.

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