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By Brooklynn Hillemann
Washington State Journal 

Help for kelp is on the way in Washington state


Last updated 5/12/2022 at 11:01am

Below the surface of Puget Sound, disappearing kelp forests and eelgrass beds are threatening the stability of dependent species. The shrinking population is now drawing the attention of lawmakers, with a variety of approaches encouraging restoration of the building block of this aquatic ecosystem.

A bill signed into law by Gov. Inslee earlier this year will provide the Department of Natural Resources with funding to create a plan to conserve 10,000 acres of kelp and eelgrass habitats by 2040.

The department will work with partners and tribal nations to identify and prioritize areas in gre...

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