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Nasty weeds know no bounds

Noxious weeds are an equal-opportunity nuisance. They know no property lines, no income levels, and don’t care if they sprout in a downtown Tacoma alley or Tenino horse pasture. Each spring through summer, Pierce County weed control inspectors step up their hunt for plants nasty enough to earn state or county designation as a noxious weed. Noxious weeds are nonnative species that are so aggressive they crowd out native plants, yet have the potential to be significantly reduced or eradicated. Read More.

 


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The Dispatch News Toxic weed is having a banner year
Tansy ragwort, public enemy number 1 among noxious weeds, is on the march.
According to a state agency that heads efforts to control the toxic vegetation, telephones are ringing at county weed board offices – including Pierce County's – with reported sightings of tansy ragwort. The weed which is blooming in western Washington and in some cases is starting to set seed, officials said. Read More.
 
 Garden Help

 What Not to Eat: Poison Hemlock
Earlier this month local news outlets began reporting that a woman in nearby Tacoma, Washington may have died from ingesting poison hemlock. The tale being told is she harvested it to eat – thinking it was actually something else. A wild carrot perhaps? Regardless, it was a deadly mistake nobody else should have to repeat if we work together to educate ourselves about these pest plants and be sure to eradicate them in our own gardens and communities.Read More.

 

 Komo News

 Tiny beetles enlisted to fight noxious Scotch broom.
LONGVIEW, Wash. (AP) - The rows of bright yellow scotch broom near Kelso airport may be thriving now, but Cowlitz County unleashed a tiny, yet effective, secret weapon Thursday morning: 200 Bruchidius villosus beetles. Read More.

 

The Seattle Times

Weed warriors vanquishing Scotch broom on local prairie.
Capable of throwing its seed as far as 20 feet with a single pop, Scotch broom is a tough invader.
Who would think this soft landscape, with its undulating blue waves of wildflowers, flitting butterflies and calls of meadowlark, could be the scene of such battle.

But war it was, to win back, acre by acre, more than 700 acres of native prairie at Thurston County’s Glacial Heritage Preserve south of Olympia, from an invasion of Scotch broom. Read More.

 

The Seattle Times - Field Notes

Ridding Hope Island of the wiley invader Scot’s broom.
We arrived by boat, puttering along through the jade swell of Puget Sound to Hope Island, part of Deception Pass State Park. And there we met the enemy: Scot’s broom.

A pernicious invasive weed, there it was, waving its cheery yellow blooms. We volunteers had convened for a little mano a mano with the mighty broom. Our mission: dig, cut, pull and otherwise destroy as much of it as we could in our time on the island. Read More.

 

The Spokesman-Review

Field reports: Habitat gets boost from Elk Foundation.
WILDLIFE – Prescribed burns, forest thinning and spraying for noxious weeds are among treatments involved with 20 habitat projects to boost elk in Washington.

The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation says its working with state and federal agencies and contributing $191,726 for projects in Asotin, Columbia, Cowlitz, Ferry, Garfield, King, Kittitas, Lewis, Pend Oreille, Skamania and Yakima counties. Read More.

 

KXRO Newsradio Task Force Makes it Easier to Report Marine Debris.
The Washington State Marine Debris Task Force is making it easier for beachgoers to report debris to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

The task force recently updated their 1-855-WACOAST hotline, giving callers a new option to report potential invasive species directly to WDFW. The tip line was updated after the Sai-shou-maru, the 20-foot fishing boat, came ashore in Pacific County in March with several striped beakfish inside. Read More.

 

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Environmental News

By Jean Lupinacci Did you know energy use in commercial buildings accounts for 17 percent of greenhouse gas emissions that fuel climate change, at a cost of more than $100 billion per year? That’s significant. That’s why EPA’s new Energy Star Top 25 Cities List, which ranks cities with the most Energy Star certified buildings, is so important. Energy Star certified buildings are verified to perform better than 75 percent of similar buildings nationwide. They use an average of 35 percent less energy and are responsible for 35 percent fewer emissions than typical buildings. Many common building types can earn the Energy Star,...
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By Dr. Peter Grevatt Like families in almost every city and town across the U.S., everyone in my house counts on the idea that we can just reach for the tap any time we’re thirsty or need some water to cook dinner.  And, there hasn’t been a single day when safe drinking water wasn’t readily available to me or my family at a remarkably low cost. While most Americans enjoy this same luxury every day, this past year two major drinking water systems were shut down when harmful toxins contaminated their drinking water systems.  These incidents in Toledo, OH, and Charleston, WV,...
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By Kate Pinkerton and Erika Larsen It is hard to imagine anything growing in fields during winter, but last fall, we visited a farm in Pennsylvania that was covered in thriving, green crops. This farm showcases crop research and water quality conservation practices on agricultural lands. One of its practices is planting  “cover crops” – or crops planted specifically to help replenish the soil and protect our waters outside of the typical farming season. We are two coworkers in the Oak Ridge Institute of Science and Education (ORISE) program in the EPA Office of Wetlands, Oceans, and Watersheds. We come from two...
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By Marianne Bailey and Karissa Kovner At EPA, we work every day to reduce the use of mercury in products and processes, making them safer for you and your family. Lowering levels of mercury in our environment is important because at high levels, mercury can harm the brains, hearts, kidneys, lungs and immune systems of people of all ages. In the bloodstream of unborn babies and young children, high levels of methylmercury may harm the developing nervous system, making the child less able to think and learn. We’ve been making great strides in the United States – over the last 30 years,...
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