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Stories about the environment focused on the Pacific Northwest, with many from KNKX's Environment reporter, Bellamy Pailthorp.

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Stories about the environment focused on the Pacific Northwest, with many from KNKX's Environment reporter, Bellamy Pailthorp.

    Urban carnivores appear to be more nocturnal as region slows due to coronavirus

    Urban carnivores appear to be more nocturnal as region slows due to coronavirus

    The slowdown of daily life under stay-at-home orders because of the coronavirus has many of us feeling more connected to nature. We hear more birdsong in the mornings. The air seems cleaner. Perhaps we’re seeing more wildlife in the parks as we take walks in our neighborhoods. But the change of pace hasn’t necessarily benefitted urban wildlife.

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    Clogged sewer problems made worse by coronavirus pandemic

    Clogged sewer problems made worse by coronavirus pandemic

    Local utility districts have been warning for some time of issues with so-called "flushable" wet wipes. Despite what the labels on many packages say, they are much too durable to be flushed. If sent down the loo, they damage pipes, pumps and entire sewer systems.

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    EPA releases plan to keep water in Columbia, Snake rivers cool enough for salmon

    EPA releases plan to keep water in Columbia, Snake rivers cool enough for salmon

    Salmon need cold water to survive. Dams on the Columbia and Snake Rivers are making the water too hot, in some places by as much as 5 degrees. Now, after a drawn-out lawsuit and direction from the state of Washington, the federal Environmental Protection Agency has released plan to change that.

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    Washington beaches remain closed as most state public lands reopen

    Washington beaches remain closed as most state public lands reopen

    Most state public lands will reopen Tuesday as Gov. Jay Inslee’s order to ease restrictions on outdoor recreation takes effect. But not Washington’s coastal beaches.

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    ‘Status quo is not working,’ tribes say, as Seattle begins relicensing Skagit River Hydro

    ‘Status quo is not working,’ tribes say, as Seattle begins relicensing Skagit River Hydro

    Seattle City Light has started the process of relicensing three large dams in the North Cascades that supply the utility with about a third of its power. The utility will go through a detailed federal process over the next five years, to meet regulations to keep operating the 100-year-old Skagit River Hydroelectric Project. The current license was enacted in 1995 and expires on April 30, 2025.

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    Seattle providing 'Stay Healthy Streets' for residents to walk, run, bike and skate

    Seattle providing 'Stay Healthy Streets' for residents to walk, run, bike and skate

    At the same time that the City of Seattle has been keeping some parks closed because of concerns about COVID-19, it has opened up certain neighborhood streets for pedestrians, cyclists and skaters to get out more and move.

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