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An upside to unused oil rigs in ocean waters? Fish use them as habitat. Via Inhabitat:

Fishermen and conservationists have been lobbying the government to soften up on existing policies. In recent years, when a rig was no longer in use, the government required that all of the equipment be removed. According to FuelFix, less than 10 percent of about 800 non-producing oil platforms in the Gulf of Mexico have ended up in the program since 2010, while more than 200 have been removed each year. Now, a new policy will give states more flexibility to review and designate dead rigs as artificial reefs, allowing them to stay in place.

Reporter Ashley Ahearn was hanging at Ballard Locks last weekend:

Shot this at the locks this past weekend. So many salmon! People were cheering as they jumped from one ring of the fish ladder to the next.

The EPA wants to hear from the public about their plan to clean up Seattle’s Duwamish superfund site.

The EPA wants to hear from the public about their plan to clean up Seattle’s Duwamish superfund site.

Geek out on our videos documenting the Elwha River restoration and dam removal process.

Which fish will get to recolonize the Elwha River in the biggest U.S. dam removal projects? The complex debate over wild and hatchery fish.

An in-depth investigative piece from our colleagues at InvestigateWest.