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Grants help local communities respond to oil spills quickly

In an effort to reduce the impacts of an oil spill when it happens, the Department of Ecology is helping fund emergency response equipment for 11 communities. (December 15 news release)

Burn ban continues in Methow Valley; expires elsewhere

The Stage 1 burn ban in Okanogan County has been extended through 9 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 19, for the communities of Pateros, Methow, Carlton, Twisp, Winthrop and Mazama. (December 15 news release)

$21,600 fine levied for unpermitted development on Palmer Lake shoreline

The Washington State Department of Ecology has issued an administrative order and $21,600 civil penalty to Greg Newmarch of Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada, for unauthorized shoreline construction on Palmer Lake in Okanogan County. (December 15 news release)

Clark County developer fined $17,000 for not protecting wetlands

After a Clark County developer failed to follow through on his obligation to protect wetlands, the Washington Department of Ecology issued him a $17,000 penalty.(December 14 news release)

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