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    January 13, 2017
Inslee: Irrigation-minded
GOP should rethink
stance on carbon tax
Capital Press
OLYMPIA — Washing-
ton Gov. Jay Inslee said Jan.
5 he hopes the chance to fund
major irrigation projects will
soften Republican opposition
to a carbon tax, though two
high-ranking GOP senators
signaled that it’s unlikely.
Inslee, speaking at a forum
hosted by The Associated
Press, said a carbon tax could
provide money for ambitious
water projects.
The projects include in-
creasing water supplies for
Eastern Washington farm-
ers in the Yakima Valley and
Odessa Subarea, and con-
trolling flooding of farms
along the Chehalis River in
Western Washington, he said.
“This is very important to
many places across the state.
Places represented by Repub-
lican legislators,” he said. “I
hope people will consider
Inslee has made climate
change a signature issue.
Lawmakers, however, have
rejected his previous propos-
als to tax carbon to encourage
businesses to curb emissions
and to raise revenue for state
government. The proposal
has failed to pass either the
Democrat-led House or the
Republican-led Senate.
Legislators also have been
unable to identify a way to
ensure completion of ambi-
tious water-related projects
such as the $4 billion, 30-year
Yakima Basin plan. Lawmak-
ers have been funding major
projects piecemeal in two-
year budgets.
Yakima Valley Sen. Jim
Honeyford proposed a state-
wide property tax two years
ago to raise billions of dollars
for water projects. He said in
an interview Thursday that he
hasn’t been enticed to support
a carbon tax.
He said he doesn’t think
other Republicans will be,
“I think the chances are
slim and none, and slim just
got on the bus to get out of
town,” he
Leader Mark
S c h o e s l e r,
earlier at the
AP forum,
Gov. Jay
said voters
showed what
they thought
of a carbon tax by rejecting
Initiative 732 in November.
That proposal, he said, was
sweetened with tax cuts to
offset the expected increase
in fuel and heating costs.
“The voters had their say
just two months ago,” said
Schoesler, R-Ritzville. “A
sugar-coated version didn’t
do very well.”
Legislators convene Mon-
day for a 105-day session and
have been ordered by the state
Supreme Court to increase
K-12 education spending.
Lawmakers likely won’t
identify a long-term source
of money this year for water
projects, Honeyford said. “I
think with the issues we have
this session, the chances are
probably pretty small.”
The property tax propos-
al in 2015 proved unpopular.
A House task force failed to
come up with an palatable op-
tion for the 2016 Legislature
to consider.
The governor’s office esti-
mates a carbon tax on power
plants and importers of nat-
ural gas or petroleum would
raise $1.9 billion the first
year. The tax would increase
each year.
Inslee proposed putting
$1 billion the first year into
education and setting aside
$250 million for water proj-
ects. Other funds would go
to renewable-energy projects
and carbon-cutting programs,
such as incentives to drive
electric cars.
At Inslee’s direction, the
state Department of Ecology
has set a carbon cap on man-
ufacturers and oil refineries.
The Washington Farm Bureau
and other groups have sued to
overturn the cap.
DNR approves Stemilt Basin sale
Capital Press
OLYMPIA — The state
Board of Natural Resourc-
es has approved the sale of
1,275 acres of Department
of Natural Resources land in
the Stemilt Basin, south of
Wenatchee, to the Department
of Fish and Wildlife for $1.95
The board did so at its reg-
ular monthly meeting, Jan. 3.
The Fish and Wildlife Com-
mission is expected to act Jan.
Capital Press
A Jan. 20 workshop in
Spokane will help small-scale
farmers and ranchers deal will
“natural risks” posed by wild-
fire and drought.
“We want to answer ques-
tions specific to their proper-
ty and not just spew out a lot
of theory, have them listen or
take notes or watch endless
Powerpoints,” said Gloria
Flora, executive director of
Sustainable Obtainable Solu-
tions in Colville, Wash., and
a former U.S. Forest Service
The workshop begins at 9
a.m. at the Enduris Training
Facility in Spokane.
The program will help
small-scale farmers and
ranchers make management
changes to address the risks
of drought and wildfire, Flora
The changes are designed
to be affordable and increase
water storage on the soil and
vegetation, Flora said.
The workshop demon-
strates ways to provide fire
breaks or barriers and distrib-
ute water through the land-
scape to increase its resiliency.
“We’re focusing on the
physical design and structure
of the property,” Flora said.
The workshop uses holistic
and permaculture principles,
including prevailing wind
patterns and how neighboring
property owners are managing
their land.
“From what direction is
your greatest risk?” Flora said.
Gutzwiler and other mem-
bers of the community group
Stemilt Partnership have sup-
ported the sale of Sections 16
and 22 by DNR to WDFW
to preserve the land for wild-
life and recreation. Howev-
er, many of them oppose the
easement saying agricultural
development on the Mathi-
sons’ Section 17 will disrupt
wildlife. The area is a migra-
tory path for the 6,000-head
Colockum elk herd.
The Mathisons, owners of
the large Wenatchee tree fruit
company Stemilt Growers,
unsuccessfully tried to buy or
lease Section 16 in the past
from DNR for cherry expan-
DNR said it will use the
money from the sale to buy
replacement property else-
where that is more conducive
for producing school con-
struction revenue.
DNR sold two other sec-
tions of land in the same area
to WDFW in 2013.
Industry to air concerns about herbicide-resistant weeds
Listening session
set for Jan. 24 in
Pasco, Wash.
Capital Press
Concerns about the in-
creasing number of cases of
herbicide-resistant weeds have
prompted the industry to hold
seven listening sessions across
the country to look for an-
The only Pacific Northwest
meeting will be 8 a.m. to 12:30
p.m. Jan. 24 at the Red Lion
Conference Center in Pasco,
Wash. The listening session is
limited to the first 160 regis-
“Specialists who are man-
aging weeds are throwing their
hands up,” said Ian Burke, as-
sociate weed science professor
at Washington State Univer-
sity. “We’re really sort of out
of options. We need industry,
stakeholder and grower input to
chart a path forward.”
Burke said he’s documented
dozens of new types of herbi-
cide resistant weeds in recent
years, calling it a “widespread”
problem in the Pacific North-
“We don’t produce a Round-
up Ready crop on a widespread
basis, but we’re working on
new cases of Roundup resistant
weeds because we use a lot of
Roundup,” he said.
Glyphosate herbicide is the
active ingredient in Roundup.
For example, Russian this-
tle in fallow areas can some-
Workshop offers ways to deal with ‘natural risk’
13. Before closing the sale,
DNR will grant a utility ease-
ment over Section 16 of the
land to the Mathison family
enabling it to expand cher-
ry operations on its land that
neighbors oppose.
Wenatchee Sportsmen’s pres-
ident, said he and another
member planned to testify
against the easement at the
board meeting but didn’t go
because of illness and weath-
“In permaculture, as we like to
say, the problem is the solu-
tion. If you have a problem,
how are we going to solve it
in a way that actually brings
benefit instead of another lia-
Programs are available
to help farmers make adjust-
ments, Flora said.
“We want to connect peo-
ple with their landscape in a
way that helps them under-
stand it better, and we want to
help connect people with the
resources out there that can
help them implement positive
change,” she said.
Courtesy of Oregon State University
Herbicide resistance in weeds will be the topic of a Jan. 24 listen-
ing session in Pasco, Wash.
times harden under hot sum-
mer conditions and not absorb
herbicide like it would under
optimum conditions, for one
example, said Jim Fitzgerald,
executive director of the Far
West Agribusiness Association
in Spokane.
“They may get sick but they
don’t die, but in that process,
they develop some resistance,”
he said.
“None of these herbicide
companies profit when one of
their products becomes obso-
lete due to resistance,” Burke
It’s important that the Pa-
cific Northwest perspective be
represented when discussion
leads to new policy, Burke
“Ideally, we want to get to
a place where everyone wins,”
he said. “Where we can apply
the latest science to manage
herbicide resistance in a way
growers can make the income
they need over the short term,
and make them more sustain-
able in the long term.”
It takes roughly 10 years to
develop and gain approval for
new chemistries, Fitzgerald
“Look what’s going to hap-
pen in the next 10 years as far
as chemical resistance,” he
said. “It’s tending to the need
that’s right here in front of us in
the next few years.”
Ignoring the problem could
lead to more weeds developing
resistance, Fitzgerald said.
“This is sort of an interven-
tion before there’s any kinds of
mandates or requirements,” he
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