Safe Shippers love orcas and everything else about the Salish Sea, so we do what we can to protect the water that surrounds us.
IMMEDIATE SAFE SHIPPING ACTION NEEDED!
Let our state lawmakers know we support these bills to improve protection for the Salish Sea:
HB 1117 Promoting salmon recovery through revisions to the state’s comprehensive planning framework.
This legislation would require the land use element of comprehensive plans adopted under the Growth Management Act to include a strategy that achieves net ecological gain of salmon habitat.
Here’s the link to sign in PRO before 9:30 am on Wednesday, February 16.
HB 1700 Concerning sustainable funding for the derelict vessel removal account using the vessel watercraft excise tax.
While the number of derelict vessels continues to increase, the Dept. of Natural Resources’ Derelict Vessel Removal Program has not seen a budget increase in 10 years. Consequently, the Dept. of Natural Resources regularly has to ask the Legislature for additional funds and/or local jurisdictions have to cover the cost of derelict vessel removals in order to avoid costlier and environmentally damaging oil spills.
Here’s the link to sign in PRO before 12:30 pm on Thursday, February 17.
SB 5747 Concerning the statewide master oil and hazardous substance spill prevention and contingency plan.
When updating the statewide master oil and hazardous substance spill prevention and contingency plan, Ecology would be required to expand consultations, including with Tribes, and include the responsibilities of Tribes in the prevention, assessment, containment, and cleanup of a worst-case spill of oil or hazardous substances.
Here’s the link to sign in PRO before 9:00 am on Friday, February 18.
Thank you, Safe Shippers for protecting what you love!