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Court Upholds Dungeness Instream Flow Rule

Seattle, WA – On Friday, October 21, 2016, Thurston County Superior Court Judge Gary Tabor upheld the Instream Flow Rule for the Dungeness River basin, denying a challenge from a group of property owners and developers. The Center for Environmental…

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Fish Hatchery Polluting Icicle Creek at Center of Court Ruling

Icicle Creek flows out of the Alpine Lakes Wilderness through the Bavarian-themed town of Leavenworth, Washington, and supports important fisheries including endangered Chinook salmon and threatened steelhead. The Leavenworth National Hatchery was first constructed between 1939 and 1941 as a…

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Fight to Free Similkameen River

A major tributary to the Okanogan River, the Similkameen flows through 122 miles of potential salmon habitat in British Columbia and Washington. A fish-blocking dam was constructed on the River in 1922 and has not generated power since 1958. The…

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Spokane River Instream Flow

Since 1891, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) has been recording flow rates in the Spokane River; over that 130 year period, the data has revealed a steady decline in river flow. As the impacts of the climate crisis progress,…

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Spokane River PCB Clean Up

Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) are a group of industrial compounds found in paint additives, adhesives, hydraulic fluids, electrical insulators, capacitors, and electric appliances such as television sets or refrigerators. Prevalent in the air, soil, and water worldwide, research in the 1960s…

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Youth Climate Lawsuits

Lawsuits arguing governments have a human rights obligation to avoid dangerous levels of global warming are becoming increasingly widespread around the world. Climate litigation, an emerging field of law, has seen lawyers test several strategies for challenging climate harm or…

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