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Children swim in the river during the annual Duwamish River Festival.

Swimmable Water: What does it mean for Puget Sound?

by Chris Wilke On a sweltering summer afternoon there is nothing more refreshing than jumping in the water, especially if its a natural body of water like Puget Sound or one of our many lakes or rivers. It is exhilarating, refreshing and rejuvenating. It connects us to a primal experience and it reminds us of…

A sea star wraps around a rock on the shore of Elliott Bay.

Field Notes: Holding on to hope in Elliott Bay

by Sue Joerger I sit in my pickup truck, window down, stuck in traffic in an industrial area of Tacoma. The air is hot and gritty. Miles of container trucks grind through low gears, spewing blue and black smoke. The noise makes me roll up my window. At a red light, I impatiently flip through…

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