A version of this post originally appeared in the Citizens for a Healthy Bay newsletter. In 2011, Puget Soundkeeper discovered that Trident Seafoods’ facility on the Hylebos Waterway in Tacoma was reporting alarming levels of pollutants in their stormwater discharge. In order to curb such pollution, all industrial operations require a discharge permit from the… Continue Reading Taking action in Commencement Bay: the power of citizen enforcement
by Sue Joerger It’s not a ditch! On Valentine’s Day Soundkeeper profiled Springbrook Creek, a tributary of the Black River, which flows into the Green River near the border between Renton and Kent. I first met Springbrook Creek last year. I sampled industrial stormwater running into a storm drain that ran directly into the creek,… Continue Reading Field Notes: Springbrook Creek
Puget Sound is fed by thousands of tributaries that travel through fields, cities and backyards. These creeks and streams are essential pieces of the larger ecosystem. They are also the place where many pollution problems begin. This Valentine’s Day, we present five Puget Sound creeks that could use some love—hardworking waterways that support salmon, birds… Continue Reading Five creeks that need your love this Valentine’s Day
There was an obvious sheen on the surface of Springbrook Creek, but it was impossible to find the source without trespassing on nearby private property. The oil, or what looked like oil, was spreading rapidly and flowing downstream. And if we hadn’t been surveying the stream, which provides salmon habitat to runs of coho and… Continue Reading Tracking pollution is a team effort
How the state is failing to protect Washington communities from toxics in our waterways When the Clean Water Act was written in 1972, it marked a huge shift in the way our nation thinks about pollution. The Act stipulated that toxic pollution must be controlled to support swimmable, fishable and drinkable water that protects citizens… Continue Reading Has Washington State given up on clean water?
On a rainy day in September, a group of Soundkeeper staff nearly tipped a canoe into very cold water. For a team of water enthusiasts, this was a rare occurrence – we like to think that we’re relatively savvy on the water. We were paddling the Nooksack River with North Sound Baykeeper to collect large… Continue Reading International Coastal Cleanup Report: 2015
by Kathryn Davis What do mussels know about what’s in our water? A lot, as it turns out. In late October, teams of Puget Soundkeeper volunteers bundled up and headed to Seattle beaches ready to hammer in three cages of native mussels at a late night low tide. This work was part of the… Continue Reading 2015 Mussel Watch Success!
Thank You. We can’t say enough how wonderful it is to celebrate clean water with such an amazing group of people every year. You helped make our event incredibly successful, and your enthusiasm and support keeps us going throughout the year. Together we raised an all-time high of over $191,000. This is an incredible accomplishment… Continue Reading Thank you for an incredible Salute to the Sound!
This month, we’re celebrating—because Puget Soundkeeper won not one, but two legal victories that will set a precedent for stronger regulations on toxic pollution in our waterways. The decisions in these two cases will give Ecology the tools to write stronger pollution permits for industrial facilities and will protect people and wildlife in Puget Sound… Continue Reading Two victories to better regulate and prevent toxic pollution
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… Continue Reading Swimmable Water: What does it mean for Puget Sound?