Friday, September 30, 2011

Electric vehicles hit the road

By Eli Levitt and Johanna Ofner, Climate Policy Group

Thanks to a federal grant from the Department of Energy, Ecology recently installed an electric vehicle charging station at our Lacey Headquarters. If you’ve visited our facility, you might have noticed some rather unusual vehicles parked in front of it.

Have you seen the brand new Nissan Leaf? How about the yellow Volkswagen Plugbug? Or the green Nissan pickup truck with yellow lightning on the side?

What do these cars have in common? None of them have a gas tank and all three are owned by Ecology employees living in the Olympia area. All three cars run on electricity and emit no carbon dioxide or smog pollution during operation.

Rising tide in demand for electric cars

Just five years ago, the American public wondered Who Killed the Electric Car? The tables are turning and today the question for consumers looking to save energy and money on gas is "How do I get an electric car?"

We’ve noticed a rising tide of interest in and demand for electric vehicles. So we talked to Alex and Carl, two Ecology employees who recently went 100 percent electric. Alex is leasing a beautiful blue and very quiet Nissan Leaf. He got the keys this summer and is extremely satisfied with his new ride.

Carl and his wife retrofitted a light yellow 1974 VW Bug a few years ago. He enjoys testing his skills to keep their electric car cruising local streets. His self-described “Plugbug” is a fun ride with a much quieter and cleaner electric engine (trust me, the old VW bugs with gas engines sound like a jet engine compared to his car).

Say goodbye to the gas pump!

Alex used to drive a Geo Metro that got 47 miles per gallon (mpg) on the highway and about 27 mpg in town. He sat down and decided to find a car that would use less energy and get better mileage. The Leaf has a range of 100 miles and gets 99 mpg-equivalent per mile according to – which is probably the lowest carbon emissions rate of any new vehicle on the market.

He did his homework – Alex carefully calculated that 90 percent of his trips are within about 80 miles of his home. So an electric car made sense to him: “I wanted to disconnect from gas entirely. And I was surprised to discover that demand for this type of car is very high in different cities throughout the country.”

Alex estimates that he saves about $100 dollars per month by switching from gasoline to electricity. This reflects not only his savings in fuel (he hasn’t bought any gas since getting his Leaf!) but savings on service, oil and other costs associated with a gas engine. The electric engine doesn’t use oil and his first scheduled service with the Leaf is to have the tires rotated at 7,500 miles! His carbon footprint from driving alone has declined as well. Alex took advantage of tax credits and other incentives to get a home charging station installed and to reduce the sticker price of the Leaf from $35,000 to about $27,000. He’s so happy with his electric car that he plans to keep it for many years to come.

Retro is in!

Carl, in contrast, built his electric car from a kit. He bought a classic VW bug and installed a pre-built electric engine and battery system. His total expenditures were around $11,500 (not including his time spent on installation and maintenance since this is a hobby for him). With a new charger and lithium-ion batteries, he hopes the vehicle will have a range of about 40 miles or more. Carl is very happy with his decision to retrofit: ”Not only are we saving emissions, we’re saving a car from being demolished and we’re making other people aware that it’s something they can do, too.”

Charging up on the Green Highway

In the future, we hope you’ll see many people driving electric vehicles on our local roads and highways. This year, Washington is investing in the infrastructure needed to support electric cars on Interstate 5 from the border with British Columbia to the Columbia River (West Coast Green Highway) and along US Highway 2. As thousands of drivers hit the roads in electric vehicles in our state, we hope you’ll notice these green vehicles and appreciate their contribution to cleaner air and reduced carbon pollution.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Around the Sound: Irondale cleanup slated for summer 2012

By Diana Smith, Public Involvement Coordinator

Click to go to Flickr photo site
View of Indian Island from atop a pile of slag and rubble remaining on the shoreline.
Cleanup and restoration work at the former Irondale Iron and Steel site are now being planned for summer 2012. Cleanup will include removing contaminated soils, sediments, and slag; capping remaining contamination; and restoring the beach.

The site in Jefferson County is contaminated with metals and total petroleum hydrocarbons from the now-defunct smelter’s operations from 1881 to 1919.

This summer we held a public comment period on the draft engineering design report for the cleanup. We have now finished reviewing public comments on the cleanup plans. We’ve posted responses to comments in a “responsiveness summary” that is available on the Irondale website.

We are timing work at the site so that it will take place when it will least affect fish, as well as so that we can do cleanup and restoration at the same time. This means scheduling work to start after July 15, 2012.

We’ll update the Irondale website as the cleanup plans and schedule develop. You can sign up for the site’s email list on the website, too.

Quick Response Protects People from Harmful Smoke

By Joye Redfield-Wilder, Communication Manager, Central Regional Office

Smoke from the Monastery Complex fire on Satus Pass^Smoke from the Monastery Complex fire on Satus Pass
Ecology staff Stan Rauh and Greg Hannahs with the mobile monitor.^Ecology staff Stan Rauh and Greg Hannahs with the mobile monitor.
Air quality monitoring report^Air quality monitoring report
Talk about turnaround time — it was midday Friday, Sept. 9, and a request had come in from the Klickitat County Health Department for air quality monitoring in Goldendale. The Monastery Complex fire was raging on Satus Pass and the air was thick with smoke. By 4 p.m. Saturday, Air Quality monitoring staffers Stan Rauh and Greg Hannahs had snagged the mobile monitor in Brewster in North Central Washington and hauled it 235 miles south to Goldendale and had it up and running.

That’s after the two left their respective offices in Bellevue and Spokane. Talk about service! The first readings 24-hours later confirmed Environmental Health Director Jeff Martin’s health advisory on Friday for citizens to limit all outdoor activities and prompted a call to the Associated Press Monday morning when the monitor indicated the air quality was then unhealthy for everyone.

Also by Monday morning the "dot" on the air quality interactive map was live and had been moved from Brewster to a new spot in Klickitat County representing Goldendale. Now residents had real-time air quality information at their finger tips.

Contacts to news media had been made by email in the morning and a news release about the new monitoring unit distributed by 4 p.m. Monday afternoon.

In a message to Ecology Air Quality manager Sue Billings, Klickitat's Jeff Martin said, “Everything that the Air Quality Program staff did for our county was awesome! Emails went back and forth before 8:00 in the morning to allow my office to send out air advisories to the schools and hospitals before the day began. Phone calls were made during the weekend when the air quality reached unhealthy levels and more advisories had to be issued. To sum it up, I couldn't be happier with the level of response I received from your office, Greg Hannahs, and Stan Rauh.”

Ecology was planning to bring the monitor to Goldendale in October to begin a yearlong study to help classify the area’s air quality.

“The Satus Pass fire sped up our move to Klickitat County,” said Sean Hopkins, an air quality specialist in Yakima. “We’re glad we were able to mobilize on such short notice and give Goldendale residents real-time information that can help them make choices to improve their quality of life.”

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Air Time: The latest on ozone

By Seth Preston, Communications Manager, Air Quality Program

Although EPA’s plan to strengthen the nation’s health-based air quality standard for ozone levels has been delayed (Air Time, Sept. 2), there’s still movement on that front.

That’s because the previous standard proposed by the Bush-era EPA still needs to be officially enacted. This piece from the New York Times explains what’s going on.

And the Los Angeles Times offers this take on the science on ozone’s health impacts.

If you want to learn more about the basics of ozone, check out this Ecology video.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Our Changing Climate: Policy, politics and what people actually see

By Seth Preston, Communications Manager, Air Quality Program

Greenland Glacier, photo source: NASA, Global Ice ViewerHere are recent, interesting articles and newspaper editorials on climate change policy and politics:
And here are some news reports on what people actually see happening around them. A couple of them are older, but I just came across them recently:

Around the Sound: Catching up ...

By Seth Preston, Communications Manager, Toxics Cleanup Program

Just a few interesting things that have come up in the past couple of weeks...
  • The Kitsap Sun offers this rundown on a two-day event in October called “Water Courses: Connecting West Sound.” Looks like there are a number of interesting speakers and topics on the schedule.

  • The Associated Press reported recently on national environmental groups targeting the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for allegedly failing to ensure that the national flood insurance program protects salmon and orcas in Puget Sound.

  • Also, learning about Puget Sound is the focus of the “Storming the Sound” conference coming up in October. This is a great opportunity for teachers, non-formal educators, environmental organizations with education programs, and students in the South Puget Sound region.
You can learn more about Ecology’s efforts to clean up the Sound by going to our website.

Part of that effort includes the “Puget Sound Starts Here” campaign, which involves many groups, agencies and other Sound supporters. Here’s a video that focuses on the effort, which is now 2 years old.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Fecal Matters: Seahurst County Park is Open for Swimming

BEACH Program Update

Seahurst County Park in Burien, WA is open for swimming! Sample results show bacteria concentrations have dropped to background levels. The swimming beach was previously closed on September 16, 2011 due to a sewage spill.

Visit the BEACH web site to find the latest results for these and other saltwater beaches:

Stay updated about water quality at your beaches by keeping up with us on our blog Fecal Matters, on Facebook, or join our listserv.

Julie Lowe is the BEACH Program Manager and can be reached at

Monday, September 19, 2011

Boots on the Ground: WCC provides critical support for Olympic Peninsula wildfire fighting efforts

By Bridget Mason, WCC Coordinator, Washington Conservation Corps

Adaptability is not just a slogan for our Washington Conservation Corps members. It’s a fact. We must continuously stay flexible to meet community needs whenever help is required.

Washington Department of Natural Resources asks for firefighting help

On September 6, 2011, our WCC members were working hard on their typical projects – building trails, removing invasive weeds, installing irrigation – when the WA State Department of Natural Resources asked us to help with firefighting efforts to contain a 1,300-acre wildfire in the Olympic National Forest on the Olympic Peninsula near Mount Jupiter.

Mobilizing in just a few hours

Although the initial details were vague when we got the call at 1 p.m. Tuesday, our members were told that they would likely work as a camp crew – but should come prepared to join the fire line, just in case. The WCC sent five members and a crew supervisor to work as a camp crew. They arrived at the Brinnon Fire Station at 8 p.m. later that same day.

Long, hot days

Our camp crew worked 15-hour days, managing the intake and distribution of supplies necessary to support those responding to the fire. They managed incoming shipments and provided support to the Incident Management team as well as the helicopter, medical and 20-person fire line crew.

The WCC members operated out of a truck trailer behind the Brinnon fire station from September 6 through September 13 – including operating in unusually hot, dry September temperatures.

Rewarding work

The opportunity to gain experience on a wildfire response is just one of the many reasons people join the WCC. Phil Siefker, one of the WCC Members on this response, calls it an “excellent opportunity to see the inner workings of a wild land fire incident response, and to learn from staff that has been doing this work for decades.”

Click here for more about the Washington Conservation Corps.

See more Big Hump fire information.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Fecal Matters: Sewage Spill Near Swimming Beach at Seahurst County Park

BEACH Program Update

The King County Health District closed the beach at Seahurst County Park in Burien after receiving notification of a sewage spill near the beach.

Contact with fecal contaminated waters can result in gastroenteritis, skin rashes, upper respiratory infections and other illnesses. Children and the elderly may be more vulnerable to waterborne illnesses.

Stay updated about water quality at your beaches by keeping up with us on our blog Fecal Matters, on Facebook, or join our listserv. Julie Lowe is the BEACH Program Manager and is available at 360-407-6543 or for questions.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Brazilian nuclear experts get well-rounded education in Richland

By Dieter Bohrmann, Communications Consultant, Nuclear Waste Program

A group of five nuclear experts from Brazil had a lot of serious questions when they visited Ecology’s Nuclear Waste Program in Richland last month. One less serious – but no less important – question was: “How is the quality of your wine?”

A team of high-ranking officials in the Brazilian government’s nuclear energy sector traveled to the U.S. in August to learn how our country’s nuclear regulations and oversight system works, explore best practices for improving public perceptions of nuclear issues, and experience American culture and society. For some of them, it was their first trip to the U.S.

The team spent nearly three weeks talking with various groups in Washington, D.C., North Carolina, and Nevada, in addition to their swing through the Pacific Northwest. The tour was part of the U.S. State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program.

In Washington, the group was particularly interested in the state’s role in overseeing and regulating the byproducts of nuclear programs to ensure community health and safety. The group was also interested in understanding the purpose of the Northwest Interstate Compact, and how it provides a regional framework for securing nuclear materials. The compact oversees the management and disposal of commercial low-level waste within its region that includes eight Western states.

The Nuclear Waste Program got involved when the World Affairs Council in Seattle contacted Ecology’s headquarters office in Lacey to request a meeting with the Richland office. But it quickly became apparent that the scope of the group’s interests went beyond our program’s expertise. So reinforcements — in the form of our partners at the Department of Health and the Energy Facilities Site Evaluation Council (EFSEC) — were called in to provide all the information the experts were seeking.

Pictured from left to right: Guilherme Carmargo (Superintendent of Quality Management, Eletronuclear); Paulo Viegas (Legislative Advisor in Economics & Energy, Federal Senate); Wagner Tavares (Legislative Counsel, Federal Chamber of Deputies); Leonam Guimares (Special Assistant to the CEO, Eletronuclear); Marcelo Suano (Advisor to the Presidency, Federal House of Representatives)
The multi-agency effort proved to be effective in covering a lot of ground. Ron Skinnarland went over the Nuclear Waste Program’s role in regulating environmental cleanup at Hanford. Ecology’s Mike Garner provided an overview of commercial low-level radioactive waste laws and interstate compacts. Earl Fordham, Mike Priddy, and Tom Rogers from Health’s Office of Radiation Protection discussed radiation monitoring and emergency preparedness at the Columbia Generating Station, the state’s only operating nuclear power plant. And Stephen Posner from EFSEC came to the rescue to talk about the state’s role in licensing and siting energy facilities, including the nuclear plant.

The meeting was a great opportunity for the agencies to be ambassadors for our work in protecting Washington’s environment. We were also left with an appreciation for the regulatory structure that ensures those protections are effective and efficient. Something that’s easy to take for granted.

Wrapping up with us on a Friday afternoon after a busy week of meetings and a long East Coast flight, our visitors were looking forward to a chance to relax and play tourist over the weekend. I hope they got a chance to sample some of the highest quality wine in the world made right here in the Columbia Basin.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Cleaning Up: New initiative focuses on Eastern Washington sites

By Seth Preston, Communications Manager, Toxics Cleanup Program

The 2011 Legislature provided Ecology with $6 million in the 2011-13 budget to work with communities to clean up several sites in Central and Eastern Washington.

The money comes from the state’s voter-approved tax on hazardous substances. Funds will be used exclusively in Eastern Washington to clean up properties where the responsible party (land user, facility operator or property owner) could not be found or can’t pay cleanup costs. These sites range from old gas stations where fuel leaked into groundwater, to former mining areas contaminated by cyanide, mercury, and other metals.

This Eastern Washington Clean Sites Initiative is a community-based effort that fits Ecology’s priority to “reduce toxic threats” to people and the environment. Ecology selected communities where a number of sites are concentrated so we can do work that produces a number of benefits with minimal investment.

Cleanups are planned in Buena, Sunnyside, Cle Elum, Richland, and Okanogan County in Ecology’s Central Region; and in Ione, Walla Walla and along the Spokane River in Ecology’s Eastern Region.

The first work kicks off in Buena with a public meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15, at Buena Nueva, 66 Highland Drive. Community members can learn more about a proposal to investigate and clean up petroleum contamination at the Gold Nugget Market and the former Roby’s Service Station.

You can read more about the meeting and the possible sites in this Ecology news release.

Recent news articles in the Yakima Herald-Republic and the Tri-City Herald also look at the Eastern Washington Clean Sites Initiative.

Late Summer at the Lake? Watch for blue-green algae

by Jani Gilbert, communication manager, Eastern Regional Office

Photos: Lake Spokane

Go ahead! Enjoy your late summer swim in the lake! But avoid areas where the water looks like scummy green paint. It's probably a bloom of blue-green algae and sometimes it contains toxins.

The algae blooms show up every year in many of our lakes and even rivers, often in late summer or early fall when the water is warm, sunshine is abundant and the weather is calm. Although many blue-green blooms are not toxic, some blue-green algae produce nerve or liver toxins.

People should stay away from it, kids should not be allowed to play in it, and livestock should be kept away too. Dogs should not be allowed to play in water that has a bloom and has not been tested.

Here is what to look for:

Blue-green algae cells are very small and they don’t clump together, although they can look like a mat. They are hard to pick up or hold.
  • In calm weather, the paint-like scum forms on the water surface. It can be either bright green or blue-green.

  • If the weather turns windy, the algae will be mixed in the water, making it look like pea soup.
Blue-green blooms can float to the surface of the water and be several inches thick near the shoreline.

See more information about freshwater algae.

Read complete news release.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Around the Sound: The changing face of a cleanup site

By Seth Preston Communications Manager, Toxics Cleanup Program

Here's a series of images that shows how cleanup work is remaking the Custom Plywood site on the Fidalgo Bay shore in Anacortes.

The first photo, on the left, shows how the site — once home to a plywood mill, which burned down about 20 years ago — looked in March 2010.

The middle photo was taken after work started in July 2011.

The last photo on the right was taken last week.

Read more about the project here.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Fecal Matters: Bay View State Park is Open for Swimming

BEACH Program Update

Bay View State Park in Skagit County is open for swimming! Additional samples collected show bacteria concentrations have dropped to background levels.

Visit the BEACH web site to find the latest results for these and other saltwater beaches:

Stay updated about water quality at your beaches by keeping up with us on our blog Fecal Matters, on Facebook, or join our listserv.

Julie Lowe is the BEACH Program Manager and can be reached at

Friday, September 2, 2011

Our Changing Climate: Resources for students

Our Changing Climate: Resources for students | ECOconnect blog | Washington State Department of EcologyBy Seth Preston, Communications Manager, Air Quality Program

Image from EPA's climate change website
from the EPA website A Student's Guide to Global Climate Change
Depending on where you live, the K-12 school year either is under way or preparing to start. So it makes sense to offer some kid-friendly climate change resources.

First, check out Ecology’s climate resource web page for students and teachers.

Then you can dive into these links provided to us by Team Frogger, a group of young summer camp participants, and their counselor, Michelle Dembinksi, at Camp Price in Wisconsin. Michelle said the kids came across our climate change web offerings while doing a project. They liked what they saw, and then they offered up some other resources they found.

I've traded messages with Michelle about using some of these links on our resource page. While we're working on that, you can look them over:

Air Time: President stops new ozone standard

By Seth Preston, Communications Manager, Air Quality Program

President Obama has announced that he is pulling the plug on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s plan to tighten the health-based standard for ozone emissions.

EPA first announced plans to revise the standard in January 2010. But since then, a decision has been delayed repeatedly because of strong pushback from business, industry and others.

There are two kinds of ozone. “Good” ozone forms naturally about 10 to 30 miles above the Earth’s surface. It helps protect life on Earth from the sun’s harmful rays.

But ozone at ground level is considered “bad.” It is the main ingredient of smog, and can cause health problems. This is the kind that the federal standard addresses.

You can learn about ozone and its impacts by watching this Ecology video.

Ground-level ozone is a gas created by a chemical reaction between nitrogen oxides (NOx) and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in the presence of sunlight. Vehicle and industrial emissions, gasoline vapors, chemical solvents, and natural sources emit NOx and VOCs that help form ground-level ozone. Many urban areas tend to have high levels of ozone. But high ozone levels can also be found in rural areas, because wind carries ozone and ozone-forming pollutants hundreds of miles away from their sources.

Unhealthy ozone levels can affect people with lung disease, children, older adults, and people who are active. Breathing ozone can:
  • Trigger airway irritation, coughing and pain when taking a deep breath.
  • Cause wheezing and breathing difficulties during exercise or outdoor activities.
  • Inflame lung tissue.
  • Aggravate asthma.
  • Increase susceptibility to respiratory illnesses like pneumonia and bronchitis.
  • Permanently scar lung tissue after repeated exposures.

Here’s what you can do to help reduce ozone:
  • Drive less. Combine errands or use public transportation.
  • Postpone travel until cooler evening hours, if possible.
  • Don’t use lawnmowers or other small engines that emit air pollutants.
  • Observe bans on outdoor burning because of high fire danger and health protection.
  • Don’t idle your engine. Turn it off while your vehicle is parked or waiting in line.
  • Wait for cooler morning or evening hours to refuel your vehicle.
  • Don’t paint or use aerosol sprays until temperatures cool off.

B&L Woodwaste Cleanup: Partial Closure of Interurban Trail

Diana Smith, Public Involvement Coordinator

As part of the B&L Woodwaste landfill cleanup, a section of Interurban Trail in Milton will be closed September 6—9 from 8:00 a.m.—4:30 p.m. The trail will be closed between Fife Way and I-5. Click to see a map of the area that will be closed.

The trail is being closed so workers can build a temporary road for cleanup work at the landfill and wetlands. The trail will also be closed for one or two days in late September.

Woodwaste contaminated with arsenic-tainted slag from the Tacoma ASARCO smelter was dumped in the landfill in the 1970s and 1980s. Arsenic has been found in soil, groundwater and ditches around the landfill and neighboring wetland.

For more information about the cleanup, read this blog post or visit the B&L Woodwaste webpage.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Fecal Matters: Swimming Advisory at Bay View State Park

BEACH Program Update

Marine water sampling results indicate high bacteria levels at Bay View State Park in Skagit County. The beach will be posted with a swimming advisory on Friday, September 2, 2011. Follow up samples will be collected next week.

Contact with fecal contaminated waters can result in gastroenteritis, skin rashes, upper respiratory infections and other illnesses. Children and the elderly may be more vulnerable to waterborne illnesses.

Stay updated about water quality at your beaches by keeping up with us on our blog Fecal Matters, on Facebook, or join our listserv. Julie Lowe is the BEACH Program Manager and is available at 360-407-6543 or for questions.

Cleaning Up: New series focuses on polluted sites

By Seth Preston, Communications Manager, Toxics Cleanup Program

We try to highlight some of our Puget Sound work and Sound issues of interest in the “Around the Sound” blog series.

But there’s a lot of cleanup work being done throughout the state by the Toxics Cleanup Program that is not connected to Puget Sound. So this new “Cleaning Up” series will attempt to provide some helpful information on some of that other work.

For example, we’re working to map out the eventual cleanups for the Monte Cristo Mining Area in eastern Snohomish County and the Van Stone Mine in Stevens County in northeast Washington.

Cleanup funding will come from the state’s 2009 settlement with mining giant Asarco.

The Monte Cristo Mining Area actually includes three large mine complexes — the Mystery Mine, Justice Mine and Comet Mine — and many smaller mines. The photo shows part of these complexes.

You can go to the “Ghost Towns of Washington” website to find some interesting photos — both historical and more recent – of the Monte Cristo area.

And here’s a recent Ecology news release about the Van Stone Mine site.

Wanted: Nominees for advisory group on ocean policy

By Curt Hart, Communications Manager, Shorelands and Environmental Assistance Program

Do you know someone who might be interested in helping direct and guide ocean policy and management issues along Washington’s Pacific Coast?

If so, Ecology is seeking nominations for membership on an advisory group for ocean policy.

Advisory group will help State Ocean Caucus

The group will advise the State Ocean Caucus – an interagency team made up of state agencies with a management role or expertise in ocean and coastal issues.

Ecology coordinates this team and is forming the advisory group on behalf of the State Ocean Caucus.

Looking for people to represent broad range of interests

We’re looking for people interested in and knowledgeable about ocean and coastal issues on Washington’s Pacific Coast – western Clallam and Jefferson counties, and Grays Harbor, Pacific, and Wahkiakum counties.

We need people to represent a wide array of coastal and ocean interests including:
  • Local citizens
  • Ports
  • Shipping
  • Energy
  • Tourism
  • Economic development
  • Shellfish aquaculture
  • Commercial fishing
  • Recreational fishing
  • Science and research
  • Education
  • Conservation
The four coastal Marine Resource Committees will each appoint a representative to serve on the advisory body.

The unpaid advisory group will meet about four times a year. Members will serve up to a three-year term and may be reappointed.

A special selection committee will review nominations and make appointment recommendations to Ecology Director Ted Sturdevant.

How to nominate a candidate

We must receive all nominations by Tuesday, September 27, 2011.

Any group or individual can nominate a candidate to the advisory group. We also accept self-nominations and candidates don’t need to be affiliated with an organized group.

Nominations must include specific information – see our online directions for nominations. Nominations can be sent electronically or mailed to:

Jennifer Hennessey
Washington Department of Ecology
PO Box 40173
Olympia, WA 98504-7600

For more information, contact Jennifer at or call 360-407-6595.