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Coast Seafoods Suit Oral Argument Scheduled

Please click here for the background info below.

The U.S. District Court in Tacoma has scheduled oral argument in the case of OFCO vs Coast Seafoods for Wednesday, June 1, at 9:30 a.m.

The argument will be held in Courtroom B of the U.S. District Court (the federal court) in Tacoma, which is located in Union Station at 1717 Pacific Avenue. The court opens at 8 a.m. Official, government-issued photo I.D. is required for entry. Learn more about the courthouse here.

We encourage our members to attend and show support for OFCO.

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“Sonic Sea” Debut in Port Townsend

Orcas smThe Olympic Forest Coalition and West Coast Action Alliance are honored to participate with other organizations in sponsoring a special screening of “Sonic Sea”— a new environmental documentary about harmful ocean noise pollution. It will debut on Monday, May 23, from 7–9 PM at Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (QUUF) in Port Townsend, 2333 San Juan Avenue. This eye-opening film reveals how noise from Navy sonar, drilling operations, and everyday vessel traffic adversely impacts whales and other sea life. A donation of $10 is suggested at the door.

The Natural Resources Defense Council and Imaginary Forces produced “Sonic Sea” in association with the International Fund for Animal Welfare and Diamond Docs.

To learn more, please click here.

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U.S. Senate Holds Bill Hearing for Wild Olympics

by Connie Gallant, Board President

Buckhorn Wilderness

I am happy to report that, for the first time since the Wild Olympics bill was introduced in 2012, there will be a Senate hearing about it to be held on April 21. This campaign has been in the making since early 2007. Please read more about it here.

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OFCO Files Clean Water Act Lawsuit Against Coast Seafoods Company

Olympic Forest Coalition, based in Quilcene, Washington, has filed a lawsuit against Coast Seafoods Company under Section 505 of the Clean Water Act, 33 U.S.C. § 1365, for alleged Clean Water Act violations. Located on the shorelines of Quilcene Bay, Coast Seafoods claims to have increased its production of spat (baby oysters) from a capacity of approximately 8 billion annually to 40 billion annually over the past 5 years, which is apparently creating much higher levels of effluent, including “oyster poop,” discharged into the bay. The effluent includes excessive amounts of ammonia nitrogen and other solids that appear to OFCO to create problems for fish, shellfish, and pursuit-diving birds such as marbled murrelets, loons, cormorants, and grebes. OFCO believes that Coast Seafoods filters the incoming water from the bay, but does not filter effluent being flushed back into the bay.

The lawsuit claims that Coast Seafoods uses numerous pipes, ditches, channels and other discernible, confined and discrete conveyances to discharge effluent from its indoor, land-based oyster facilities to the adjacent beach, Quilcene Bay and Puget Sound.

This photo shows pipes and channels discharging from the Coast Seafoods facility into Quilcene Bay.

This photo shows pipes and channels discharging from the Coast Seafoods facility into Quilcene Bay.

Because the facility uses pipes and ditches to discharge to the bay, conveyances the Clean Water Act clearly and unambiguously defines as “point sources,” the lawsuit alleges that discharges of pollutants from the facility are illegal and in violation of Section 30l(a) of the Clean Water Act because they are not authorized by an NPDES permit. The primary goal of the lawsuit is to reduce water pollution to Quilcene Bay.

Kampmeier & Knutsen, PLLC in Seattle, Washington, represents OFCO in the lawsuit.

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Help Plant Trees at the Snow Creek Forest Preserve!

~Jefferson Land Trust

 photo ~ Jefferson Land Trust

Join the North Olympic Salmon Coalition and Jefferson Land Trust folks in planting trees on the Snow Creek Forest Preserve, Discovery Bay, Thursday, January 28, and Saturday, January 30, from 10 AM to 2 PM. This project is jointly sponsored by the Jefferson Land Trust and NOSC and is located on a 73-acre property recently purchased by the Trust to be a permanent wildlife habitat.

Contact outreach@nosc.org or (360) 379-8051 for more info or to volunteer.

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