From the Capital Press
A little more than a month ago, What’s Upstream was an obscure political advocacy campaign backed by Environmental Protection Agency money, a Washington state Indian tribe and a handful of environmental groups.
Today, the campaign has been condemned by one-third of the U.S. House as an attack on agriculture, and the inspector general of the EPA has promised to investigate whether it is a misuse of taxpayer money.
If it is, the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission may have to repay the money and could be cut off from receiving future grants. The commission funneled the EPA money to the Swinomish tribe to fund an advertising and letter-writing campaign aimed at the Washington Legislature seeking mandatory 100-foot buffer zones between farms and rivers. Read the rest of the story here.