Lorraine Loomis

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Being Frank: Before we achieve ‘net ecological gain,’ we need to define it

Editor’s note — Lorraine Loomis, Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission chairperson and Swinomish fisheries manager, died on Aug. 10, at the age of 81. Below her… Continue reading

 

Being Frank: Adjudication will help untangle Nooksack river water rights

The Lummi Nation and Nooksack Tribe are looking forward to the start of the process to untangle water rights and protect threatened salmon in the… Continue reading

 

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Being Frank: Outdated wastewater facilities undermine water quality gains

We’ve seen some real progress over the past few years in efforts to prevent human waste from damaging the health of Puget Sound and the… Continue reading

 

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Guest opinion: Utility should examine, address true costs of Skagit River dams

It is time for Seattle City Light to address the damage its three hydroelectric dams have caused over the past 100 years to the Skagit… Continue reading

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Being Frank: Ocean conditions, lost habitat drive salmon concerns

Treaty tribes and our state salmon co-managers are looking ahead to another grim year of fishing because of poor ocean conditions that reduce marine survival,… Continue reading

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Being Frank: Billy Frank Jr. statue effort gaining momentum

Treaty Indian tribes in western Washington strongly support proposed state legislation to place a statue of the late natural resources and civil rights champion Billy… Continue reading

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Being Frank: Increased outdoor recreation impacting tribal treaty rights, resources

Already robust levels of hiking, camping, boating and every other kind of outdoor recreation in our region has exploded during the COVID-19 pandemic as many… Continue reading

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Being Frank: A big step towards accountability for habitat impacts

Habitat loss and damage is the driving factor for the decline of salmon in our region. It doesn’t discriminate and never stops. Every hour of… Continue reading

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USEPA Photo by Eric Vance. Public domain image

Guest opinion: Time for fish-killing dam to go

It’s time to get rid of the Electron Hydroelectric Dam on the Puyallup River that has been killing salmon, steelhead, bull trout and other fish… Continue reading

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USEPA Photo by Eric Vance. Public domain image

Being Frank: A time to remember

This fall marks the 50th anniversary of an event that sparked the landmark ruling by federal Judge George Boldt in U.S. v. Washington that upheld… Continue reading

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USEPA Photo by Eric Vance. Public domain image

Being Frank: Tribal watersheds report shows little improvement, but hope remains

I wish there were better news in our 2020 State of Our Watersheds Report that will be released later this month, but at best we… Continue reading

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Being Frank: Tribes, state team up on harbor seal survey

Being Frank: Tribes, state team up on harbor seal survey

What we don’t know about of harbor seals and California sea lions could be hurting salmon, orcas

Being Frank: Tribes, state team up on harbor seal survey
Guest opinion: Pacts offers path to streamside habitat protection

Guest opinion: Pacts offers path to streamside habitat protection

The most powerful actions we can take to recover our region’s salmon are to give our rivers and streams room to breathe while protecting the… Continue reading

Guest opinion: Pacts offers path to streamside habitat protection

Guest Opinion: COVID-19 impacts tribal natural resources management, traditions

Like communities across Washington state, treaty Indian tribes are coping with what we all hope are the worst days of the COVID-19 pandemic that has… Continue reading

Bieng Frank: A bold move on salmon habitat

Bieng Frank: A bold move on salmon habitat

The greatest obstacle to salmon recovery in western Washington is that we continue to lose salmon habitat faster than it can be fixed and protected.… Continue reading

Bieng Frank: A bold move on salmon habitat
Guest opinion: Fixing habitat key to salmon recovery

Guest opinion: Fixing habitat key to salmon recovery

Until we take real action to protect and restore salmon habitat, we are looking toward a future with more tightly restricted fisheries for everyone. That’s… Continue reading

Guest opinion: Fixing habitat key to salmon recovery
Being Frank: Pollution-based economy cannot be sustained

Being Frank: Pollution-based economy cannot be sustained

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… Continue reading

Being Frank: Pollution-based economy cannot be sustained
Being Frank: Cooperation is key to containing green crab invasion

Being Frank: Cooperation is key to containing green crab invasion

Treaty tribes are encouraged by cooperative efforts with federal and state natural resources managers and others to monitor and stem the invasion of European green… Continue reading

Being Frank: Cooperation is key to containing green crab invasion
Guest opinion: Groundfish management shows way to recovery

Guest opinion: Groundfish management shows way to recovery

Twenty years ago, West Coast groundfish stocks such as sole and rockfish were in serious trouble. Decades of overfishing had brought their populations to the… Continue reading

Guest opinion: Groundfish management shows way to recovery
Being Frank: We must demand a healthy Puget Sound

Being Frank: We must demand a healthy Puget Sound

It would be easy to blame the Puget Sound Partnership’s failure to clean up Puget Sound on a lack of leadership, funding and meaningful authority… Continue reading

Being Frank: We must demand a healthy Puget Sound