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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Lobby Day - Over 500 Attend

Environmental Lobby Day 2011 was a huge success by any measure.  
People For Puget Sound's Kathy Fletcher Addresses
the crowd in the "Church of the Environment"
at opening of the 19th Annual Environmental Lobby Day
People for Puget Sound Director Kathy Fletcher opened the day's activities at the United Churches site where activists gathered and signed in to take their messages to their legislators. Over 500 activists attended.

Several other speakers addressed the crowd including Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark, Rep Dave Upthegrove, and Jim Dipeso (REP America).
Stained Glass windows in the United Churches
This was the 20th Anniversary of the People for Puget Sound organization and Kathy Fletcher's last as Director. She's scheduled to retire this year.  

25 organizations that are teaming up to pass important legislation. (See below)

A group of eight citizens from the 32nd Leg District visited their legislators, Ruth Kagi's office, Sen Maralyn Chase and Rep Cindy Ryu.  
32nd District group meets with Rep Cindy Ryu in
a "walking" meeting

Hundreds if citizens attended
 the hearing for the to phase out the
Trans Alta Coal Plant
and overflow crowd filled the
Senate Chambers

It was clear that citizens were very involved with their State Government.
Citizen Lobbyists
Visit Huge tree on Capital Campus

Contact your legislator at this link:

Coal Free Future for Washington 
We aim to protect families in Washington from the state’s single largest source of dangerous air pollution, the TransAlta coal-fired power plant in Centralia.  The legislative package will transition the dirty plant off coal in order to address Washington citizens’ widespread concerns about the health impacts of coal, climate change, and air and water pollution caused by the TransAlta plant.  The legislation will also seek funding to invest in the local community to provide new opportunities 
forworkers affected by the transition away from coal for a more sustainable and reliable energy future.
Clean Fertilizers, Healthier Lakes and Rivers
Phosphorus from our industries, wastewater plants, septic systems, and even our lawns can cause algae blooms and impact water quality, fish habitat, and recreation in Washington’s lakes and rivers.  Controlling this discharge often takes millions of dollars in wastewater treatment upgrades at our industries and municipal wastewater plants. The Freshwater Pollution Control Act is a common sense and cost effect approach to reduce phosphorus in our waterways by restricting the sale of phosphorus lawn fertilizer in the State of Washington. Our lawns don’t need the extra phosphorus and our lakes and rivers don’t either.
2011 Clean Water Jobs Act
Each year millions of gallons of petroleum pollute our lakes, rivers and marine waters through toxic oil runoff from our roads and cities, a serious threat to our health and environment. Working 
for Clean Water (the 2011 Clean Water Act) will fund job-creating projects all over the state, by building clean water infrastructure that will clean up our water ways.  Now is the time forthe oil companies, who profit from the pollution, to put Washington back to work and provide a cleaner environment that we’ll be proud of for generations.
Budget Solutions for Our Environment
Our state needs a proactive approach that will improve our economy while maintaining environmental protections. A key element to the long-term economic health of our state is protecting our clean water, clean air and special places. By sustaining core environmental protections, continuing investments in parks and preservation, and requiring companies and others to pay their fair share 
for the services they receive, we can strike a balance that even in hard times will protect our public health, economic future, and quality of life in Washington.

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