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Navigate change & find effective solutions at AWB's Workforce Summit on March 19

AWB’s Workforce Summit brings together new ideas and innovative employers to share tools to support the development of a world-class workforce in our state. With new collaborative elements and networking opportunities, you will benefit from greater connections and practical solutions for today's workforce.

This event is ideal for workforce developers, employers, HR professionals, policy experts, state government, and non-profit agencies who are interested in addressing regional economic disparity and fostering positive action on strategic workforce development. Registration is now open: http://bit.ly/2tIXN4I. Details will be posted online as they become available.

Event details

Thursday, March 19 | 11 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Reception 4:30 - 7 p.m.

AWB Members: $120 | Non-members: $165

Greater Tacoma Convention Center | 1500 Commerce St, Tacoma WA 98402

REGISTER HERE: http://bit.ly/2tIXN4I
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News: Legislative Day and Hill Climb
Focus on Puget Sound

Removing Snake River dams is misguided approach to saving orcas

By Todd Myers and Steve Martin

The struggle to increase salmon populations and help Southern Resident killer whales will be won or lost through recovery projects across the state, perhaps most importantly in Puget Sound.

That simple, scientific reality should guide salmon recovery in Washington. Distractions, like the destruction of the Snake River dams, will end up harming salmon, orcas and those who care about them.

The science is clear that Puget Sound is the most important source of food for starving orcas. NOAA Fisheries and the state Department of Fish and Wildlife ranked their sources of food for orca and found that the Puget Sound, Strait of Georgia, the Lower Columbia and the Fraser rivers are the top priorities. The Snake River ranked ninth.

This is why NOAA Fisheries has repeatedly concluded that destroying the four lower Snake River dams would have a "marginal" impact on orca recovery, despite a very high cost...

Todd Myers is a member of the Puget Sound Salmon Recovery Council and environmental director of the Washington Policy Center in Seattle. Steve Martin previously served as executive coordinator of Gov. Jay Inslee's Salmon Recovery Office.

Read the full op-ed in The News Tribune