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Governor signs Dye's tree bill to cool urban heat-emitting coastal cities


April 15, 2021

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Rep. Mary Dye (R-9-Pomeroy)

OLYMPIA–On the warmest days in the summer, Seattle and other coastal cities can be as much as 17 degrees warmer than surrounding rural areas. The hotter temperatures not only affect the atmosphere, but create warm stormwater and sewage drainage that flows into Puget Sound, resulting in algae and risking fish populations.

A bill authored by Rep. Mary Dye seeks to address the problem by incent...

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