November 27, 2012
State unveils ideas on tackling ocean acidification
Gov. Gregoire wants to move forward with a first-in-the-nation effort. But the incoming governor and the next Legislature will have a lot to say on how to tackle the problem.
By John Stang
You can probably expect Washington to increase efforts to stop acidic nutrients from flowing into Puget Sound. Ditto with carbon emissions escaping into the state's air.
At the same time, Gov. Chris Gregoire wants to set up a University of Washington center to coordinate scientific efforts to combat the increasing acidity of Washington's salt waters. And she wants some money to immediately help forecast Puget Sound's acidity to forecast that best shellfish harvesting times.
Gregorire has signed an order directing state officials to work on addressing ocean acidification. Governor-elect Jay inslee, who assumes office in January, appears receptive to to these proposals, which were unveiled Tuesday in Seattle by a Gregoire-appointed panel of scientists, policy makers and business interests.
The question is whether most of the immediate and long-range proposals to deal with ocean acidification will make it through the state Legislature and Congress.