First of all, I’m very glad to see some action finally taken to get these polluters out of the Salish Sea. Hardly makes any sense to use taxpayer dollars to clean up the sewage and stormwater outfalls just to have the floating feed lots dump it back in, untreated.
However two personally disturbing comments in The Olympian were made by two senators. One, Randi Becker of Eatonville apparently said that shutting down the Seattle sewage treatment plant after its system failure. OK, how does one stop the sewage of Seattle as it backs up the pipe, into the streets and homes? Taking a feed lot out of production — whether it’s for cattle or in the water for Atlantic salmon — is pretty easy.
The other comment was by Sen. Keith Wagoner of Sedro-Woolley, who said that Washington is losing the battle to save wild salmon so let’s go with the pens. He’s for business! Well, give a thought to all the boat and motor sales, tackle shops, restaurants, motels and other businesses associated with both commercial and recreational fishing. Wow, what backwards thinking.
These lawmakers are supposed to be representing the residents of Washington but with dim views like these, we’re in serious trouble. DNR, Ecology and the 27 Tribes don’t want them. I sincerely hope the net pen ban bill passes and we have a cleaner Salish Sea. As for wild salmon, certainly don’t count on Keith Wagoner or Randi Becker to help.