January 2, 2020
Proposed expansion will provide protection for aquatic habitat surrounding McNeil Island and south Key Peninsula.

November 1, 2019
Puget Sound became a no-discharge zone in 2018, increasing the demand for sewage pump-out stations.

October 1, 2019
State Climatologist Nick Bond believes that cooperation, resources and growing knowledge can save our icon.

August 1, 2019
The Case Inlet toxic bloom is one of several tracked around the Key Peninsula.

August 1, 2019
Unsightly and unhealthy, fresh water algae blooms are becoming more common.

June 1, 2019
Not everyone is happy with DNR's restoration plan for Whiteman Cove.

November 1, 2018
The Shoreline Master Program was approved, a decade after planning began.

July 1, 2018
The sound of airplanes overhead can be an unexpected jolt.

April 1, 2018
The water quality in Burley Lagoon was downgraded by the Washington State Department of Health in February.

March 1, 2018
Approval of the state capital budget last month was good news for the Minter Creek Hatchery.

December 1, 2017
The Pierce County Council approved two additional KP properties for acquisition.

September 1, 2017
Dylan Anderson has been thinking about climate change.

September 1, 2017
Scientists conducted continuing research on efforts to re-establish native eelgrass in the waters off Joemma Beach State Park.

August 1, 2017
Pierce Conservation District is conducting classes on how to build a bin to compost manure.

August 1, 2017
Pierce County is cleaning up property on State Route 302 just west of 118th Avenue NW.

August 1, 2017
Tansy ragwort is one of seven invasive weeds that the Pierce County Noxious Weed Control Board targets for control.

July 1, 2017
The Key Peninsula is critical to the health and continued survival of chinook, coho and chum salmon.

December 1, 2016
Taylor Shellfish Farms of Shelton, the state’s largest shellfish grower, recently applied for a permit to convert part of its Burley Lagoon operation to geoduck farming.

July 30, 2016
Routine testing last winter at the head of Rocky Bay revealed a concerning level of coliform bacteria to the Washington State Department of Health (WSDOH).

July 30, 2016
This past June, the Squaxin Island Tribe conducted its most thorough shellfish survey of Vaughn Bay since 2009.

July 2, 2016
It has been nearly two years since geoduck farming was addressed by the Key Peninsula Land Use Advisory Commission (KPAC), but at the May meeting, the group was asked to weigh in on a new permit request for farms on the west side of the Key Peninsula.

July 2, 2016
There are 65 miles of waterfront on the Key Peninsula. Less than 2 miles are currently farmed.

December 3, 2015
This past summer, the water quality in Vaughn Bay declined to the point that measures to improve and protect it are necessary.

March 30, 2015
It’s a known fact that bees are disappearing.

March 4, 2015
The Key Peninsula-Gig Harbor-Islands Watershed Council (KGI) held their annual retreat in late January to identify the local priorities for addressing nonpoint source impacts to water quality in their five year action plan.

January 31, 2015
Washington is the largest producer and exporter of geoducks, and although the economics are far from transparent, there is a fascinating story to be told.

December 31, 2014
What exactly is the environmental impact of geoduck farming?

December 8, 2014
Last month, the Pierce County Hearing Examiner approved Taylor Shellfish’s permit to establish a geoduck farm at the Haley property.

October 30, 2014
The issue of geoduck aquaculture is back front and center on the Key Peninsula.

July 31, 2014
Gig Harbor’s Harbor WildWatch program not only serves Gig Harbor, it is also an important part of life on the Key Peninsula.

September 27, 2013
About 30 volunteers, organized by Pierce Conservation District, gathered recently at a Longbranch farm to plant more than 450 native trees and shrubs alongside an agricultural ditch draining into Filucy Bay.

August 1, 2013
Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department wants residents to know more about how their actions influence water quality –– and quality of life –– on/in the Key Peninsula.

February 5, 2013
Management of shellfish aquaculture is taking front and center stage for the Key and Gig Harbor Peninsulas again.

November 1, 2010
Toxic Algae has been identified in Bay Lake. Contact with the water can be harmful for both people and pets.

May 1, 2009
Burley Lagoon is one of 16 on the list of threatened shellfish areas by the Washington State Department of Health. The lagoon is one of 102 of Washington’s classified commercial shellfish growing areas.

March 1, 2009
Almost seven years after a site assessment by the county determined property at Horseshoe Lake Auto Wrecking contained hazardous chemicals; there has been no cleanup.

December 1, 2007
The aquaculture industry and private tidelands owners they represent, as well as a coalition of environmental organizations opposed to current geoduck farming practices, packed a hearing room at Pierce County Planning and Land Services in early November.

November 1, 2007
The Pierce County Council passed the ordinance regarding geoduck aquaculture operations unanimously.

October 1, 2007
At a packed Pierce County Council meeting on interim aquaculture regulations participants heard three new amendments to the ordinance, two of which were approved.

September 1, 2007
The Pierce County Council voted nearly unanimously to reject interim aquaculture and dock/pier regulations (Ordinance No. 2007-34s) on Aug. 7.

June 1, 2007
The methods, locations, and potential environmental concerns surrounding geoduck aquaculture in the Puget Sound region have finally come under public scrutiny.

May 1, 2007
Gig Harbor eco-event part of national campaign.

May 1, 2007
The Whitmore Room of the Civic Center was filled to standing room only at the recent geoduck forum with the state Department of Health.

April 1, 2007
The Key Pen News has joined forces with the Key Peninsula Community Council and Shellfish Partners to sponsor a gathering at which Key Pen residents can learn more about the issues surrounding geoduck aquaculture on public and private tidelands.

March 1, 2007
Legislature, county council, industry, opposition square up on geoduck farming.

February 1, 2007
State Rep. Pat Lantz takes the battle for geoduck regulation, environmental concerns, to the Legislature.

February 1, 2007
The state is in the process to reclassify the east side of Case Inlet, opening it up to shellfish farming.

January 1, 2007
Both Pierce County and Taylor Shellfish Farms officials appeal a recent hearing examiner’s decision regarding two Key Peninsula geoduck farming permits.

December 1, 2006
The Horseshoe Lake Auto Wrecking yard is on the state’s list of hazardous sites, ranked as highest risk.

December 1, 2006
A new installment in the series looks at the organized opposition to geoduck farms on the Key Peninsula.

November 1, 2006
The fourth article in the series exploring issues related to geoduck farming looks at some of the environmental concerns brought by this growing industry.

October 1, 2006
Third article in the series looks at proposed solutions to address environmental impacts from geoduck farming via tighter regulations.

September 1, 2006
Geoduck farming presents a promising economic opportunity, but lacks scientific evidence about long-term impacts on the environment. Second article in a series.

August 5, 2006
A local family’s hope to lease its tidelands for geoduck farming stirs up an opposition from neighbors and other residents.

October 1, 2004
A portion of land use regulations for Pierce county is written in a little 300-page booklet called “Directions for protecting and restoring habitat,” more commonly known as the Directions package. Directions is the county’s attempt to balance their responsibility to protect critical environmental areas and, at the same time, provide predictable and equitable growth regulations.

August 1, 2004
A team of two environmental specialists shares insights into their work of protecting water quality and habitat.

December 1, 2003
Washington Shellfish Co. owner Doug McRae continues to fight for his company in court.