WDFW Seeks Public’s Assistance To Monitor Hoof Disease In Elk

OLYMPIA – State wildlife managers are seeking help from hunters and the general public in monitoring the spread of hoof disease among elk in 10 counties in southwest Washington.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) asks that anyone who spots an elk with hoof deformities in the area that is limping or dead report their observations at http://wdfw.wa.gov/conservation/health/hoof_disease/. A map on that website shows the department’s primary focus of interest.

Sandra Jonker, WDFW regional wildlife manager, said the department is primarily interested in receiving reports outside the primary area of infection around Cowlitz County, where the disease is already well documented.

“Our focus now is on assessing the spread of the disease to other parts of the region,” Jonker said. “Gaining more information about the incidence and geographical distribution of the disease will help determine how best to manage it.”

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FREE Septic System Maintenance Class: Avoid Flushing Money down the Drain Sept. 18

WSU Extension will be presenting a free septic maintenance workshop in partnership with Mason County Public Health. Every participant will receive a free manual and coupon for discounted septic system pumping or operation and maintenance service. The workshop is Thursday, September 18, 2014 from 5:30pm-7:00pm at the Grapeview Fire Hall located at 4350 Grapeview Loop Rd, Grapeview, WA 98546.

To help homeowners avoid flushing money down the drain, experts will explain what can be flushed safely, how septic systems work, and what to do to protect this very valuable feature of every rural home. The workshop describes the basic components of septic systems and provides participants a chance to ask questions specific to their own needs. Those attending will receive straightforward information on a variety of topics to help maintain their septic systems. Attendees will learn what they can do on their own and when to call in the experts.

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New SR 520 HOV Lanes Open For Business

BELLEVUE – This morning’s commute greeted carpoolers and bus riders with brand new HOV lanes on State Route 520 between Bellevue and Medina. Crews working on the SR 520 Eastside Transit and HOV Project placed the final lane striping over the weekend for the new HOV lanes. At 5 a.m. this morning, Sept. 15, the lanes opened to carpools of three or more people and transit for the first time.

“With these new lanes, we get closer to finishing extensive improvements to SR 520 on the Eastside,” said Julie Meredith, SR 520 Program Administrator for the Washington State Department of Transportation. “HOV lanes not only mean faster trips for those riding in them, but they can cut commute times for all users. This is exciting for everyone traveling the corridor.”

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WDFW seeks nominations to new Willapa Bay salmon advisory group

OLYMPIA – The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is seeking nominations through Sept. 22 for membership on a new ad hoc advisory group that will assist in developing a draft policy for managing salmon in Willapa Bay.

Up to five qualified individuals will be chosen to serve on the new policy group, which will also include the current members of the existing Willapa Bay salmon management advisory group.

The new salmon policy advisory group will meet three times a month for the next five months to develop recommendations that support conservation objectives and improve sustainable salmon fishing opportunities in Willapa Bay.

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