Context: On April 16, as the coronavirus attacked communities across Washington, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it is rolling back our water quality standards that are the most protective of human health in the country. For more information, click the following links to read more: May 7, 2020 | BEING FRANK: POLLUTION-BASED ECONOMY […]
It has taken more than 40 years for the tribes and state to build the working relationship needed to jointly manage the salmon resource. Like all relationships, ours has its ups and downs, but at the end of the day we all want the same thing.
As salmon continue to decline, every management action we take requires increasingly careful consideration. One thing that’s certain is that fisheries management is better when we work together!
For tribes, climate change is half of a double whammy that began more than 150 years ago when we signed treaties with the U.S. government. The treaties secured our rights to fish and hunt in exchange for nearly all the land in western Washington, but ever since then the region’s ecosystems that support those resources have been under steady attack.
Tribal, state and federal government, environmental groups and industry wrestled with updating the standards for more than 20 years,
but the results are something we can all feel good about.