By Brook Beeler, environmental educator, Office of Communication and Education Nitrogen and phosphorus are essential building blocks for living organisms. These elements and others, like carbon, allow organisms to create cells, tissue, and provide energy to complete their life processes.

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Elisa Sparkman, Hazardous Waste & Toxics Reduction Program I suppose I could find a tiny bit of silver lining to the huge winter storm that affected Western Washington in January. The storage shed in my back yard caved in from snow weight and broken branches.

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By Sandy Howard and Larry Altose, Department of Ecology communications Recent online reporting published in EarthFix takes a critical look at efforts by Washington to enforce the industrial point source requirements of the Clean Water Act. The article focuses in particular on the Washington Department of Ecology’s work to control pollution discharges from a particular firm.

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By Michael Bergman, Public Involvement Coordinator, Toxics Cleanup Program Now that dry summer weather is here, construction is beginning again at the B&L Woodwaste cleanup site in Pierce County near the border of Milton and Fife. The B&L Woodwaste landfill received wood waste that was contaminated with soil and Asarco slag (a byproduct of smelting operations).

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By Meg Bommarito, Everett Smelter Cleanup Project Manager The first phase of the Everett Smelter cleanup work, which removed contaminated soil from 24 properties, finished up this May. Work is already under way for the second phase.

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By Seth Preston, Communications Manager, Air Quality Program Rising summertime temperatures and lightning storms mean Washington’s wildfire season is officially under way. This news release from the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) details the current conditions and provides a number of useful links to find more information on wildfires.

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By Seth Preston, Communications Manager, Air Quality Program Fireworks will light up neighborhoods and the sky in communities throughout Washington this week in celebration of Independence Day. And where there are fireworks, there’s smoke … and the potential to breathe in harmful fine particles made up of soot, dust and unburned fuel.

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By Curt Hart, Communications Manager, Spills Program Work continued Saturday June 2 to raise the 140-foot fishing vessel Deep Sea from Penn Cove, near Coupeville on Whidbey Island. Operations to lift the vessel will commence Sunday June 3.

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By Larry Altose, Ecology public information The 140-foot fishing vessel Deep Sea, raised from the bottom of Penn Cove June 3, is ready to depart, depending on weather conditions. Winds forecast for today could push wave heights to 4 feet, while safe towing conditions require waves under 3 feet.

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by Larry Altose, Ecology public information Deep Sea Incident website: www. ecy.

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by Katie Skipper, communication manager, Bellingham Field Office When 800 people show up for a presentation about the environmental impact statement (EIS) process, you know the community is interested. That’s what happened March 20, 2012, during our public meeting about the Gateway Pacific Terminal project proposed for Cherry Point, reinforcing for us and our co-lead-agency partners that we need to keep you informed about where we are in the process and how you can participate.

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BEACH Program Update Yesterday, the Natural Resource Defense Council (NRDC) released their “Testing the Waters Report” comparing Washington's BEACH Program results to other coastal states. Proudly, Washington ranks 10 out of 30 states indicating good beach water quality.

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BEACH Program Update The beach area near the Fauntleroy-Southworth ferry terminal in Seattle is now open for swimming. The Seattle-King County Public Health District opened the beach on June 7, 2012 after sample results indicate low levels of bacteria.

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BEACH Program Update Today, the BEACH Program issued a swimming advisory at Mukilteo Lighthouse Park in Snohomish County. The swimming advisory was issued based on elevated bacteria in the marine water and a nearby stormwater outfall.

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BEACH Program Update The beach at Mukilteo Lighthouse Park located in the City of Mukilteo, Snohomish County is now open for swimming. Additional samples collected on Monday, June 25, 2012 show bacteria concentrations have dropped to background levels.

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BEACH Program Update On June 3, 2012, Seattle-King County Public Health closed the beach area around the Fauntleroy-Southworth Ferry Terminal in the Fauntleroy neighborhood in Seattle. The beach area was closed because of a sewage overflow at a nearby outfall.

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By Erika Holmes, Community Outreach & Environmental Education, Nuclear Waste Program Late last year, the environmental education journal Clearing put out a call for articles for their annual compendium issue. With the majority of readers in, and content focused on, the Pacific Northwest, I figured it would be a great opportunity to share ways teachers can bring Hanford into their lessons.

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by Larry Altose, Ecology public information Photo source: Global Diving and Salvage, Inc. The Deep Sea departed Penn Cove shortly after 5 a.

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by Larry Altose, Ecology public information Wheelhouse of the Deep Sea, afloat again in Penn Cove on June 4, 2012.  Photo: Dept.

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by Larry Altose, Ecology public information The Deep Sea is riding higher on the water as two pumps discharge 800-1,000 gallons of water each per minute. Two floating cranes righted and lifted the former fishing vessel from the bottom of Penn Cove on Sunday, June 3, 2012.

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by Larry Altose, Ecology public information The Deep Sea is clear of the bottom of Penn Cove, as two crane barges slowly and delicately bring the sunken fishing boat toward the surface of Penn Cove. The lift has paused so that divers can clear silt that covers the deck.

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by Bridget Mason, Washington Conservation Corps WCC members removing creosote-treated logs on Lopez Island. Photo courtesy of Kevin Farrell, WCC CoordinatorThe special session of the 2012 Washington State Legislature adjourned April 11 with excellent news for the WCC’s Puget SoundCorps.

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By Jennifer Hennessey, Ocean Policy Associate, Shorelands & Environmental Assistance Program On May 11, 2012, a new coastal advisory group will meet from 10 a. m.

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By Larry Altose, Communications Manager, Northwest Regional Office COUPEVILLE, Wash. – Divers made progress as they worked in very soft silt to prepare to raise the sunken fishing vessel Deep Sea from the bottom of Penn Cove, near Coupeville on Whidbey Island.

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By Curt Hart, Communications Manager, Spills Program Federal, state, local agencies and private contractors are continuing to work through the Memorial Day weekend to raise and remove the sunken 140-foot fishing vessel, Deep Sea that continues to slowly leak oil into Penn Cove in Island County. A multi-agency unified command has been created to plan and carry out emergency response operations.

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By Seth Preston, Communications Manager, Air Quality Program Researchers at the University of Washington’s Polar Science Center say Greenland’s ice continues to melt away at a brisk pace. It’s just melting a little slower than some feared it might.

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By Sandy Howard, communication manager, Environmental Assessment Program As Seattle marks the 50th anniversary of the 1962 Seattle World's Fair, the Department of Ecology is joining along with our region's schools, universities, cultural institutions, research centers and businesses to celebrate the importance of science and technology in the 2012 Seattle Science Festival, which kicks off this weekend. The 2012 Seattle Science Festival will be the region's first large-scale, community-wide celebration of science and technology that will bring hands-on exhibits, shows, demonstrations and performances to venues throughout the Pacific Northwest.

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By Brook Beeler, Environmental Educator, Office of Communication and Education Did you know that Ecology has a web portal for all you hard core science types? It is a one stop shop for links to our monitoring databases, mapping and spatial data, and the most recent scientific reports and articles.

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by Justine Asohmbom, Shorelines & Stormwater Education Manager for Puget Sound, Northwest Regional Office There is nothing more captivating than when young people help inspire and educate their peers. The possibilities are as endless as their imaginations.

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By Curt Hart, Communications Manager, Spills Program DB Oakland crane (stock photo from General Construction) The D. B.

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BEACH Program Update Today, Kitsap County Public Health closed three recreational beaches near Bremerton due to a nearby sewage spill. Lions Park, Bachmann Park and Lent Landing are closed to swimming and water contact until further notice.

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BEACH Program Update All recreational swimming beaches around Penn Cove in Island County including Long Point Beach, W. Penn Cove Beach, Monroe Landing, Coupeville (Waterfront) Beach, Coupeville Wharf and Coupeville Town Boat Launch are open for swimming!

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By Curt Hart, Communications Manager, Spills Program The 62-foot diving vessel Prudhoe Bay, moored over the Deep Sea on Friday, May 25, 2010. From this vessel, divers with Ecology’s contractor are making underwater preparations to raise the sunken craft.

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