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Harmful Algal Bloom closes Port Susan to shellfish harvest

Port Susan closed to shellfish harvest in October because of a harmful algal bloom that was detected by the Stillaguamish Tribe’s routine plankton sampling. “Until a few days ago, Port Susan was one of the last remaining open areas in the sound,” said Franchesca Perez, Stillaguamish marine and shellfish biologist. “It is now closed due to the risk of paralytic shellfish poisoning.” After the dinoflagellate Alexandrium catenella was found in a sample from Kayak Point, mussels collected from the area were found to have three times the amount of toxins that could kill a person who consumed one mussel....

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Lummi Nation samples zooplankton to improve crab management

The Lummi Nation is sampling crab larvae to improve harvest management and contribute to salmon marine survival research. “Because of the reduction of other fisheries, crab is more important than ever for Lummi fishers or Lummi families depending on fishers for support,” said Evelyn Brown, Lummi fisheries analyst. “Without crab, the economic base from fishery income would take a sharp downward trend” But crab management, as with other fished species, depends on good stock assessment and population information. “Because of the critical nature of the crab resource, we need to have a better grasp on recruitment processes and what...

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Court decision ensures lasting water resource for everyone

Lummi Chairman Tim Ballew II wrote a piece in The Seattle Times about water management and the push by some to overturn the state Supreme Court decision in Whatcom County v. Hirst: Overturning Hirst would be a shortsighted fix causing lasting damage to the region, especially since the court’s ruling protects everybody’s access to water. The Hirst decision clarified that Washington’s Growth Management Act requires counties to protect ground and surface waters by ensuring there is enough water available to accommodate growth before more development is authorized. It also clarified that residential wells — which do not require a...

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Reservation wetlands ranked by culturally important plants

The Swinomish Indian Tribal Community is using traditional knowledge to incorporate cultural values into wetland management. In 1999, a wetland inventory identified 54 wetlands on the Swinomish Reservation and assessed 36 of them for functions such as flood and stormwater control, base flow and groundwater support, and shoreline and erosion protection. “We realized that standard wetland inventory and functional assessment methods could not adequately identify wetland functions related to tribal cultural values,” said Todd Mitchell, Swinomish environmental director. “We are fortunate that as the tribal government and regulatory authority, we are able to incorporate cultural values within our policies.”...

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Stillaguamish Tribe Awarded $1 million for Dairy Waste Management

The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has awarded $1 million to the Stillaguamish Tribe for an innovative project in dairy nutrient management. In Washington state, the Stillaguamish Tribe was the lone recipient of a nationally funded Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG). “The CIG program provides seed money to help spur cutting-edge projects,” said NRCS Washington’s Acting State Conservationist Alan McBee. “We are excited to partner with the Stillaguamish Tribe and see the results of this state-of-the-art project.” The tribe proposes to demonstrate successful implementation of an emerging animal nutrient treatment system for dairy farms. The technology, originally developed to...

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