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Honoring Polly Dyer

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

Volunteers walk the bank of the heavily polluted Duwamish River during an event.

Ecology’s Water Quality Standards rule is not enough to protect Washington communities

On August 1, the Washington Department of Ecology finalized its proposal for a new water quality standards rule for Washington State. This update was a long-overdue chance to truly protect Washington communities. But Ecology’s new rule falls far short of that goal. The new rule tightens limits on many toxic pollutants based on extensive data… Continue Reading Ecology’s Water Quality Standards rule is not enough to protect Washington communities

Standing up for Puget Sound

The Clean Water Act gives citizens the power to protect public waterways from illegal pollution, and Soundkeeper pursues Clean Water Act cases against egregious polluters on behalf of our membership and everyone in Puget Sound who depends on clean and healthy waterways. As part of every case, Soundkeeper must demonstrate “standing”. This means proving that… Continue Reading Standing up for Puget Sound

A coho salmon found in Strawberry Creek.

The story of Strawberry Creek

“In a lot of places the stream is just invisible,” said Carin Anderson, the Backyard Habitat Program Manager for the Kitsap Conservation District. Anderson is talking about Strawberry Creek, which drains about five square miles of Kitsap County. The creek is surrounded by development, but still supports salmon populations that swim up to spawn each… Continue Reading The story of Strawberry Creek