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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.



Environmental News

One of the best parts of my job here in the Office of Environmental Education is meeting creative, committed environmental educators- and getting to recognize them for their work. Until March 13, we’re accepting applications for the Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators (PIAEE). We recently reached out to Nathaniel Thayer Wight, who teaches about sustainable energy at the Bronx Design & Construction Academy in the South Bronx. He shared his passion for environmental education and how the award is impacting his work and school. Why did you become interested in environmental education (EE)? My early exposure to environmental sustainability evolved...
By Apple Loveless and Leslie Corcelli A United Nations summit to adopt sustainable development goals will take place this September. Among these is a proposed goal to “ ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all,” which expresses global intent to provide adequate water and sanitation to everyone. When we think about inadequate drinking water and wastewater treatment, it usually brings to mind developing countries. But in our work in the  Office of Wastewater Management, we see examples in rural Alaska, Appalachia, the U.S.-Mexico border,  as well as smaller communities like Willisville and Lowndes County. Willisville is a small minority...
By Marion Herz As chief of staff for EPA’s Office of Compliance, job #1 for me is protecting people’s health and their communities. Our office makes sure everyone plays by the same rules when it comes to the environment. We recently launched our new compliance website to make it easier to stay informed about our work and to share tools that can help companies and others follow the law. The goal of our site is to help everyone understand what we do, why we do it, and how. Here are a few of the features you should know about: At the heart of our compliance...
By Caitlin Briere In order to make the products on which we depend, like pharmaceuticals, clothing, and other manufactured goods, companies across the U.S. use thousands of chemicals in their normal operations. Many of the chemicals necessary to these economic activities are toxic. While most are managed so that they will not harm the environment, some releases of toxic chemicals occur.  You have a right to know what chemicals are being used and released in your community. A “release” refers to the emission, discharge, or disposal of chemicals by industrial facilities operating under permits designed to protect human health and the environment....