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Planned state spending comes up short on culvert costs

By • Jan 23rd, 2015 • Category: NWIFC Blog

Chris Dunagan at the Kitsap Sun has a great blog post this morning about how the proposed state budget comes up short against a judge’s order to repair culverts and protect treaty rights:

In 2013, a federal judge ordered Washington state to replace nearly 1,000 culverts that block or impede fish passage along Western Washington streams. The $2.4-billion cost, as estimated by the Washington State Department

Video: Cleaning Point Julia on Port Gamble Bay

By • Jan 13th, 2015 • Category: Lead Story, NWIFC Blog, Uncategorized

The Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe partnered with the Washington Department of Ecology in 2014 to clean up Point Julia on Port Gamble Bay. Check out the video to see the work it took to remove thousands of pounds of debris, more than a dozen vessels and car engines, 300 tires, a beached barge and a dilapidated pier.


Statement from Lorraine Loomis on the appointment of James Unsworth as director of the state Department of Fish and Wildlife

By • Jan 11th, 2015 • Category: NWIFC Blog

Here is a statement from Lorraine Loomis, chair of the NW Indian Fisheries Commission, regarding the selection today of James Unworth as director of WDFW:

The treaty Indian tribes in western Washington look forward to working with new WDFW director James Unworth to continue our decades of cooperation as co-managers of the fish and wildlife resources of this region.

Tribal treaty-reserved rights to fish, hunt and

Cascade Water Alliance putting more water back into the White River

By • Jan 9th, 2015 • Category: NWIFC Blog

A regional water utility makes good on a promise to conserve fish in the White River:

On Jan. 17, 2015, Cascade Water Alliance will make its permanent donation of 684,571 acre feet of water to the state’s Trust Water Rights Program. The donation will preserve instream flows and protect fish habitat in a stretch of the White River that flows through the Muckleshoot Tribal Reservation.

Quinault Indian Nation experiences heavy damage from flooding

By • Jan 6th, 2015 • Category: NWIFC Blog

Heavy rain washed out roads, culverts and caused landslides on Quinault Indian Nation (QIN) reservation. QIN President Fawn Sharp declares state of emergency. See roundup of flood information for the area here.

Lummi Nation receives federal assistance for displaced fishermen

By • Jan 1st, 2015 • Category: NWIFC Blog

The U.S. Department of Labor announced an $882,032 National Emergency Grant supplemental award to provide continued employment-related services to approximately 630 workers affected by fishing industry layoffs in the Lummi Nation.

“The loss of work for Lummi Nation fishermen, an occupation practiced there for thousands of years, is a stark reminder of the importance of training and education to help equip displaced workers with new skills …

Bellingham Herald: Lummi salmon harvest feeds nation, world

By • Dec 19th, 2014 • Category: NWIFC Blog

Tim Ballew II, chairman of the Lummi Nation, wrote the following in the Bellingham Herald today:

With the largest native commercial fishing fleet in the United States, the Lummi Nation is able to contribute to the food supply of not only our nation, but the world. In 2013, 553 members of the Lummi Nation harvested 8.4 million pounds of fish or shellfish for commercial purposes. Our

EPA to step in for human health in Washington water quality standards

By • Dec 19th, 2014 • Category: NWIFC Blog

Cross posted at Keep Seafood Clean

Four months ago treaty tribes asked the federal Environmental Protection Agency to step in and set water quality standards in Washington state that would protect human health. Late last night the EPA answered that call and told the state that they are moving ahead.

Criticism of Inslee’s draft propose plan centers around the tenfold increase of the risk of cancer

KUOW: Court Case Is The Latest Battle In Water Wars Of The Skagit River

By • Dec 15th, 2014 • Category: NWIFC Blog

The State Supreme Court supposedly put the case on Skagit River water to bed, in favor of the salmon. Yet, the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community is back in court again, defending fish and their treaty rights.

From KUOW:

“Washington State Supreme Court has ruled on this issue already,” said Larry Wasserman, referring to the 2013 State Supreme Court decision. Wasserman is the environmental policy director

East Oregonian: Tribes show political/scientific resilience in the post-Frank era

By • Dec 9th, 2014 • Category: NWIFC Blog

What a great piece that the East Oregonian editorial writers put together in late October. In case you missed it, it highlights all the great work the tribes across the region are taking on. As the newspaper points out, all of this work goes beyond benefitting the tribes, it benefits everyone:

NWIFC Commissioner Russ Hepfer of the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe leads off the issue with