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Pete Knutson retrieving a Chum salmon from a gillnet aboard Njord.

California court case could disrupt WDFW initiative

Wild Future initiative would raise commercial license fees for residents, lower for non-residents

A decision made in a California court case may change the trajectory of a Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife initiative that would raise fees for resident commercial fishers and lower the fees for non-residents.

Last December the U.S. 9th District Court of Appeals determined that California’s nonresident fee differential for numerous commercial fishing permits, licenses and vessel registration was constitutional.

A group of out of state fishers challenged California differentiating between resident and non-resident fishers under the Privileges and Immunities Clause and the Equal Protection Clause of the U.S. Constitution.

So what does the decision mean in Washington State? Well, the California lawsuit was the premise for the WDFW Wild Future initiative, which would essentially not differentiate fees for resident and non-resident commercial fishers, something the WDFW has called “equalizing the fees.”

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Ballard Natural Drainage system is complete: Here's what's next

The Ballard Natural Drainage System project, in the works for the past three years is complete according to Seattle Public Utilities. The work done will help prevent an average of 1 million gallons of untreated sewage and stormwater per year from entering the Ship Canal and Salmon Bay.

In a press release from Seattle Public Utilities they outlined how the infrastructure will be maintained and what the public can do to help.

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Swedish Ballard has been recognized as a Baby Friendly designated birth facility.

Swedish Ballard receives Baby Friendly designation

information from Swedish Ballard

Swedish Ballard said in a press release that it has received a prestigious international recognition as a Baby-Friendly Designated birth facility.

"There are more than 20,000 designated Baby-Friendly hospitals and birth centers worldwide. Swedish Ballard is one of the 403 active Baby-Friendly hospitals and birth centers in the United States. The Baby-Friendly designation is given after a rigorous onsite survey is completed.

Baby-Friendly USA, Inc is the U.S. authority for the implementation of the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (“BFHI”), a global program sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). The initiative encourages and recognizes hospitals and birthing centers that offer an optimal level of care for breastfeeding mothers and their babies.

Based on the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding, this award recognizes birth facilities that offer breastfeeding mothers the information, confidence, and skills needed to successfully initiate and continue breastfeeding their babies."

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