The Task Force – consisting of the state Military Department’s Emergency Management Division (EMD), Ecology and several other state agencies – was created by the Governor’s office to work with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) to coordinate state, federal, tribal and local activities. Volunteer efforts along beaches always have been key to keeping shores clear of marine debris.
Terry Egan, the state’s Marine Debris Task Force lead, said: “Innovative partnerships with everyone, from citizens like Russ to local communities and volunteer groups to state and federal agencies and Tribal governments have been essential in addressing this issue. Russ’ efforts have saved the state thousands of dollars while providing extremely valuable information. It is unlikely state agencies would have been able to monitor conditions along the coast at the same level without his support.”
Sally Toteff, Ecology Southwest Region Director, said: “Russ is an excellent example of how individuals quietly contribute to the extraordinary quality of life of Washington’s coastal communities and elsewhere in our state. Even before the tragic Japan tsunami, Russ and his neighbors were often spending countless hours scouring the Long Beach Peninsula and picking up marine debris, using their own resources. While he’s had noteworthy assistance from various local folks, Russ’ efforts extend well beyond removing debris from beaches. That’s why we are recognizing him with this award of excellence.”
Marine debris has been an ongoing issue for decades, but concerns were elevated after the earthquake and tsunami claimed nearly 20,000 lives, destroyed countless homes and structures and swept 5 million tons of debris into the Pacific Ocean. While 70 percent of the debris likely sank near Japan’s shore, the remaining 1.5 million tons of debris dispersed in the ocean.
The Environmental Excellence Award is the Department of Ecology’s highest award for recognizing environmental excellence in the state of Washington. The department issues the award to individuals, businesses, and organizations that have shown leadership, innovation or extraordinary service in protecting, improving, or cleaning up the environment.
RAYMOND, Wash. – On September 12th, deputies with the Pacific County Drug Task Force served a narcotics related search warrant upon a residence located in the 1100 block of Howard Street in the Riverdale neighborhood. Also assisting with the service of the warrant were deputies with the Pacific County Sheriff’s Office and officers from the Raymond Police Department. A 55 year old woman was arrested in conjunction with the investigation that led to the request for the search warrant.
The search warrant was granted as a result of a lengthy and ongoing investigation involving the alleged facilitation and delivery of methamphetamine by the suspect. During the searching and arresting process, investigators located suspected methamphetamine and drug related paraphernalia.
The woman was booked into the Pacific County Jail on one count of possession of methamphetamine, several counts of delivery of methamphetamine and for using a building for drug purposes. Bail has been set at 200,000.00.
Grays Harbor County, WA – The results are in from the recent Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over DUI enforcement campaign conducted from August 16 through September 2.
In Grays Harbor County, 27 motorists were stopped and arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs (DUI) and statewide, law enforcement officers arrested 1,420 drivers for DUI. Last year in Grays Harbor County during the same time period, officers on routine and extra patrols arrested 16 people for DUI.
In Grays Harbor County, the Aberdeen, Cosmopolis, Elma, Hoquiam, Montesano and Ocean Shores Police Departments, the Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Department and the Washington State Patrol participated in the extra DUI patrols, with the support of the Grays Harbor Target Zero Traffic Safety Task Force. The extra patrols were funded by a grant from the Washington Traffic Safety Commission.
These patrols are important because August is one of the deadliest months on Washington’s roadways, including all causes of traffic fatalities.
These and all extra patrols are part of Target Zero—striving to end traffic deaths and serious injuries in Washington by 2030. For more information, visit www.targetzero.com. Additional information on the Washington Traffic Safety Commission can be found on the website, www.wtsc.wa.gov.