CCT Fish & Wildlife

The Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation Fish and Wildlife Department.

Weather Events on the Reservation

Wildfires and Climate Change

 Wildfires release large amounts of carbon dioxide, black carbon, brown carbon, and ozone precursors into the atmosphere. These emissions affect radiation, clouds, and climate on regional and even global scales. Wildfires also emit substantial amounts of volatile and semi-volatile organic materials and nitrogen oxides that form ozone and organic particulate matter. Direct emissions of toxic pollutants can affect first responders and local residents. In addition, the formation of other pollutants as the air is transported can lead to harmful exposures for populations in regions far away from the wildfires. Kris Ray presents Air Quality information on the 2015 fires affecting tribal members on the Colville Reservation.

Kris Ray, Environmental Trust, Air Quality Presentation PDF

State of emergency flooding

In March of 2017 Governor Jay Inslee declared a state of emergency for flooding in 20 counties throughout the state of Washington.

 Washington is one of the most flood-prone states in the U.S., according to the state department of ecology, with costs of flood damage beating the cost of any other natural hazard.

Washington got pelted with an unusual amount of rain and snow this winter. Widespread melting of deep snow combined with higher than average rain events pushing waterways  beyond capacity.