Three trains in one weekend. In Northern Ontario late Saturday night, 29 cars of a CN Rail freight train carrying diluted bitumen (tar sands oil) derailed and seven cars caught fire. The fire was still burning on Monday, and response crews worked overnight in below freezing temperatures to attempt to contain the damage. On Saturday… Continue Reading Three oil train derailments over holiday weekend, fires still burn days later.
Several weeks ago, we lost a beloved longtime volunteer. Tom Foley was an avid kayaker and photographer who cared deeply for the Pacific Northwest and gave his time to Soundkeeper in a multitude of ways. More importantly, he brought a kind and enthusiastic presence to every event and boat patrol and became a dear friend to many on the… Continue Reading Remembering Tom Foley
“This one is definitely symptomatic” Kathryn Davis, Puget Soundkeeper Stewardship Coordinator called out. The bright adult female coho salmon was displaying the classic “death dance” of a fish in trouble. Disorientation, gaping mouth, and an inability to swim are classic signs of a scary phenomenon playing out in urban creeks around Puget Sound. Among the… Continue Reading Dead Fish Tell no Lies – Longfellow Creek Salmon Study
The results are in! Throughout September and October, 576 volunteers combed Puget Sound shorelines to remove over 2,767 pounds of marine debris from their local waterways! Spanning land and water, participants scoured urban shorelines, hiked through uninhabited islands and boarded kayaks at 26 separate locations throughout the Puget Sound. This series of cleanup events was… Continue Reading Coastal Cleanup Report from Puget Sound!
by Chris Wilke On September 21, 2014 people from around the world took to the streets to demand action from our political leaders in addressing global climate change. Over 400,000 were at the People’s Climate March in New York City where world leaders are convening this week at the United Nations for yet another climate summit.… Continue Reading Why I Joined the People’s Climate March
Soundkeeper hosts cleanups year round – we’re on the water every week pulling trash from Lake Union, and even in the winter we have valiant groups of volunteers who brave the drizzle to make sure the beaches of Puget Sound are free from plastic bottles and cigarette butts. Cleaning up marine debris is truly a… Continue Reading International Coastal Cleanup 2014
Around 55 gallons of oil spilled from a vessel moving through the Ship Canal Labor Day weekend, either late Sunday night or early Monday. The bulk of the spill, which is most likely fuel oil, is currently fouling the water at the Ballard Mill Marina, and some oil has escaped containment efforts and is moving towards the… Continue Reading Oil spill in the Ship Canal
“One House. One Heart. One Prayer.” These are the words that motivate the Nawt-sa-maat Alliance and its quest to protect and restore the Salish Sea and the communities surrounding it. A coalition of First Nations from British Columbia, Washington State Tribes, and a myriad of regional collaborators across vast sectors of the community, the Nawt-sa-maat… Continue Reading Soundkeeper joins the Nawt-sa-maat Alliance
“There used to be a dam here!” A crew of Puget Soundkeeper donors, board members and staffers visited the Elwha River this summer for our second-annual Elwha River paddling trip. The crew camped in the watershed, explored the active river restoration project by raft and on foot, and learned about the processes involved in the… Continue Reading Puget Soundkeeper Elwha River Tour
Rough waters are still swimmable waters! Despite challenging conditions, the 15th annual Fat Salmon swim went off without a hitch on Saturday, July 19th. The Soundkeeper crew was out in force. Puget Soundkeeper and Executive Director Chris Wilke and Patrol Coordinator Paul Fredrickson manned Safety Boat #1, which transported lifeguards to their stations and served as… Continue Reading Soundkeeper Supports Fat Salmon Swim