by Connie Sullivan, Soundkeeper Science and Education Coordinator Have you ever seen a fishing vessel going by you while you’re on the ferry in Puget Sound? Have you ever wondered what they were doing, or how they were doing it? Well contrary to what you might be thinking, they may not even be fishing—at least… Continue Reading How do we know what’s going on in Puget Sound?
Your help is urgently needed to protect Puget Sound. On Tuesday March 22, the federal government officially released a proposed budget that decimates funding to protect the environment and public health. If approved by Congress, this budget would go into effect on the first of October — the beginning of the new fiscal year. Whether or not this… Continue Reading We must act to protect Puget Sound
On April 3, Soundkeeper sent a letter to the King County Council in support of the independent investigation of the West Point Sewage Treatment Plant failure. In that letter, we pose detailed questions that we would like to see addressed in the investigation. Continue Reading Questions to address in investigating the West Point failure
The sewage disaster and ongoing failure at the King County West Point sewage treatment plant is a serious threat to Puget Sound that must be repaired as soon as possible. Puget Soundkeeper has been closely engaged and pushing for answers since a catastrophic equipment failure on February 9 led to a discharge of 180 million gallons… Continue Reading Pushing for solutions after the West Point sewage spill
by Kerry McGowan Every fall marks the beginning of a unique migration in the Pacific Northwest, when Pacific salmon migrate from the open ocean to freshwater streams to spawn. Beginning in October, a population of coho salmon returns to Elliott Bay then enters the Duwamish River. The Duwamish is Seattle’s only river and a designated… Continue Reading What’s happening to the coho salmon in Longfellow Creek?
Marine debris, particularly plastic debris, pollutes many aquatic environments. Increasingly, this is a global problem as trash accumulates in the world’s oceans and concentrates in large gyres. Once in the environment, it poses substantial risk to marine life and human health. Continue Reading A new perspective on marine debris, and the 2016 International Coastal Cleanup
by Tom Putnam Puget Soundkeeper lost a good friend and founding member recently with the passing of Polly Dyer, a Northwest visionary who was responsible for many of the largest conservation achievements in Washington and in the United States. Much of Washington’s wilderness, including the Olympic National Park and the North Cascades National Park simply… Continue Reading Honoring Polly Dyer
Soundkeeper settles Clean Water Act case with City of Tacoma, reducing pollution to Commencement Bay
In response to citizen action, the city of Tacoma has agreed to overhaul its industrial wastewater program and pay $70,000 to support water quality projects in South Puget Sound. Continue Reading Soundkeeper settles Clean Water Act case with City of Tacoma, reducing pollution to Commencement Bay
In the time since November 8 we have already seen dramatic ways that a new federal administration may jeopardize fragile progress in the fight to protect and recover Puget Sound. From climate change deniers to fossil fuel industry lobbyists being floated for top positions, the course being set is clear, and it is not one… Continue Reading Moving Forward for Clean Water
by Kathryn Davis For a decade, Soundkeeper has organized weekly volunteer kayak patrols of Lake Union using kayaks borrowed from the Northwest Outdoor Center. These patrols are not only a chance to monitor various sources of water pollution, but also to remove debris accumulated along the shorelines. Over the years, the trash finds have been… Continue Reading The mystery of the vanishing trash