Record Year for Washington in the Prevention of Aquatic Invasive Species

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OLYMPIA – Boaters helped the state celebrate a record year for efforts to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species into Washington’s waterways, including zebra and quagga mussels, aquatic plants, and fish and amphibian diseases. Aquatic invasive species invade ecosystems beyond their natural historic range, and can negatively impact water quality, power and irrigation systems, native wildlife, and recreational opportunities. 

Washington Fire Marshal Reminds Washington Residents to be Safe This New Year

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Olympia – Fireworks can be a sparktacular way to ring in the New Year with a bang, but they can also be dangerous if handled inappropriately. In 2018, fireworks in Washington caused 209 injuries and 92 fires. Most of those incidents occurred around Independence Day, but five fireworks injuries were reported in 2018 between December 27-31.

Five-Minute Salad: Goat Cheese, Herb and White Bean

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  • 12 oz pre-washed mixed salad greens (about 8 cups)
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 ½ cups cherry tomatoes (about 28)
  • 1 cup canned cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 4 ounces goat cheese (about ½ cup)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil leaves, torn, or 1 teaspoon dried basil


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