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Oyster growers asking for permission to use new type of pesticide

State regulators are considering a proposal from the Willapa Grays Harbor Oyster Growers Association to use the pesticide imidacloprid to eliminate the problem of burrowing shrimp. The growers association believes the pesticide is a safer alternative to carbaryl, which was previously used to take care of the problem, but environmentalists are concerned about the chemical’s possible effect on invertebrates.

Washaway watch — New hot zone claiming land along Willapa Bay’s north shore

Recent storms accompanied by gale-force winds pushing exceptionally high waves have battered Washaway Beach and North Cove fronting Willapa Bay near Tokeland, biting off yet more huge chunks of land. As a result, the Seamobile neighborhood, once a thriving community with more than a dozen streets running parallel to Willapa Bay, has few residences and vacation properties left, and they are all close to going over the side.