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Lend a hand, take the Washington Sea Grant Pumpout survey

In partnership with the Washington State Parks Clean Vessel Act program, Washington Sea Grant manages the popular Pumpout Washington program to increase awareness and use of marine sewage pumpout stations in Washington. In the past year, they pumped out 10.6 million gallons of sewage for boaters, gave away over 11,000 pumpout adapters and put in 65 new pumpout stations state […]

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Pumpout Washington prevents recored sewage from affecting state waters, program set to expand

In 2016, the Washington Clean Vessel Act, a joint project of Washington State Parks, U.S. Fish & Wildlife and Washington Sea Grant, helped divert a record 10 million gallons of raw sewage from Puget Sound, Lake Washington and other state waterways. Instead of being dumped into vulnerable waters, the sewage was collected for safe onshore treatment. […]

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View north from Butchart Cove to Brentwood Bay and beyond up Saanich Inlet.  Off the floats are free mooring buoys maintained for visitors to Butchart Gardens. (Photo by Thomas Kuo)

The restoration of Tod Inlet

Tod Inlet on the Saanich Peninsula south of Brentwood Bay is known for its incomparable protection, as well as the classy shoreside entertainments found at nearby Butchart Gardens, ranking it high on most cruisers’ list of preferred anchorages. Tranquility is its middle name, the sort of place where there is little need to worry, least […]

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Sun sets on the Montlake Cut separating lakes Washington and Union

Army Corps raising lakes to summer levels early

For the second consecutive year, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officials will raise lakes Washington and Union earlier than typical to the target summer 22-foot elevation due to lower than normal inflows. After a really good start, the lake is currently at elevation 21.8 feet, typical for early May and consistent with normal annual operations. […]

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