State Ecology Staff at Odds With Gov. Inslee on Ocean Acidification Effects

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  • Sandy Howard, Dept. of Ecology

    This piece has incorrect facts. The source material from The Daily News of Longview, WA, reported its story from a blog posted by the Washington Policy Center. The Washington Policy Center got the facts wrong, as did media outlets that repeated the story.

    We do not disagree with Gov. Jay Inslee on ocean acidification.

    We have reason to be concerned. Washington waters are particularly susceptible to ocean acidification and our shellfish are vulnerable.

    The science is complex. It takes many partners with expertise in multiple disciplines to address the issue adequately.

    As the state’s water quality lead, the Washington state Department of Ecology supports continued research and monitoring to help determine effective actions to address ocean acidification in Washington.

    The Marine Resources Advisory Council, Washington Ocean Acidification Center, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Environmental Protection Agency, Ecology, and many others are addressing this global issue.

    As Ecology Director Maia Bellon said in her Sept. 25 blog (, ocean acidification is real, and we support Gov.Inslee’s efforts to protect Washington waters. We support further investment in research and monitoring to fully understand the sources, causes and impacts in different aquatic environments.