The Sierra Club's members and supporters are more than 2 million of your friends and neighbors. Inspired by nature, we work together to protect our communities and the planet. We’re America's oldest, largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization. 

We're involved in environmental education, conservation, and political issues.  We lead fun outings such as hikes, trail maintenance, and snow-shoeing walks. Join in and help us protect our air, land and water throughout our beautiful state!

 

Columbia-Snake River Salmon Recovery Campaign

Our Puget Sound Orca/Snake River Salmon Connection – June is Puget Sound Orca Month

What do Puget Sound Orca and Columbia Basin Rivers have in common...They both need more wild  salmon, particularly from the Snake River.  These two seemingly separate and distinct ecosystems are in fact integrally connected by the Southern Resident Population of Killer Whales (SRKW, e.g. Puget Sound Orca) and the chinook salmon that return to the fabled waters of the Snake and Columbia Rivers.

For several months out of the year, late winter/early spring, orca travel down the Pacific Coast to the mouth of the Columbia River to feed on the chinook salmon that are returning to the Snake and Columbia River’s.   The SRKW population evolved to primarily feed on salmon and mostly on the fat rich chinook salmon.  The largest salmon runs in the world historically returned to the Columbia Basin and over 50% of these salmon came from Snake River and its tributaries.   These fish were, and remain, a critical food source for Puget Sound Orca.  Read the full article HERE.

Learn more about the campaign for Washington’s salmon . . .

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Redmond Students Launch Challenge To Fight Climate Change

Mike Town (Photo Credit: Parker Miles Blohm / KNKX)After Donald Trump's election, many students in the Seattle area walked out of classes in protest. But at a small public school in Redmond, they took a different approach. Students there have vowed instead to counter Trump’s threat to pull out of the Paris Agreement on climate change. They say even if the U.S. doesn’t meet the carbon reduction goals in the accord, they will. 

The idea for their Schools Under 2C° organization came from their environmental science and engineering teacher, Mike Town, also the volunteer chair of the new  State Forests Committee of the Washington State Sierra Club. (Photo of Mike Town by Parker Miles Blohm, KNKX)redit Parker Miles Blohm / KNKX 

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Appeals Court: Clean Up Spokane River PCB Pollution

Dept. of Ecology must redo permit for Spokane County's Wastewater Treatment Facility consistent with water quality laws

Spokane River Fish Advisory

The Washington State Court of Appeals on Aug. 16 issued the third legal decision in favor of Spokane River advocates seeking to stop more PCBs from being added to the Spokane River from Spokane County’s wastewater treatment facility.

Three courts have now ruled that the Department of Ecology failed to do what the law requires: analyze whether the County’s discharge of PCBs has potential to violate state water quality standards, and if so, then impose appropriate limits to prevent such violations. 

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40 Groups Oppose New Dams, Diversions in Alpine Lakes Area

Colchuck Lake, Alpine Lakes Wilderness (USDA)Water Conservation is Better Option for Water Scarcity

Forty conservation and outdoor recreation organizations on May 11 submitted comments on a controversial proposal to build dams and divert water from seven lakes in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness. This 400,000-acre federal wilderness area is among the most popular and beloved wilderness areas in the United States.

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The Ivy League and the Legion of Broom

Work party to remove invasive speciesPierce County's Tatoosh group takes on invasive plants 

For many years now, Tatoosh Group members have worked to remove invasive plants from parks in Tacoma. Known informally as the Ivy League, the group has traditionally focused on removing English ivy from forested areas, such as Point Defiance Park and Snake Lake Nature Preserve.

The Ivy League is now expanding its work to other areas of Tacoma and Pierce County. 

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South King County Group Restores Habitat and Fights Coal

Owl: Dan StreiffertThe South King County Group has a long-term commitment to restoring habitat along Soos Creek.  Members of the South King County Group have completed many service events at Soos Creek Park to address rebounding invasive flora at their past planting sites. They also helped with a large King County volunteer event in support of our Soos Creek Park work.

The group received a $5,000 grant from the Rose Foundation to support purchase of plants and hog fuel. Two service outings included plantings and restoration using these new materials.

Here's more news about their volunteer work in south King County -- including what they're doing to fight coal!

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State Chapter and Local Group Election of Leaders

Nominations are OpenWashington State Chapter Executive Committee nominations are now open. 

This fall, Sierra Club members of The Washington State Chapter will elect five members to the Chapter Executive Committee (ExCom). We are seeking candidates to run for two-year terms that will start in January 2018.  The ExCom is the Chapter’s decision-making body.  

For more details, click Here. 

Group ExCom elections

Within the State Chapter, there are Sierra Club Local Groups that are run by local volunteers who represent specific geographic areas, such as one or several counties, or cities. Local group information is found at www.sierraclub.org/washington/local-groups.  Most local group ExCom elections are also this fall. Contact your group to inquire about their nominations opportunities. Group ballots (downloadable and printable) will also be posted on the Chapter website.

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