Puget Soundkeeper would like to send a HUGE thank you to the Seattle City Council and Mayor Murray for standing up for the safety of our citizens waterways and climate! Yesterday the Seattle City Council voted unanimously to oppose the construction of new oil infrastructure in Washington until the existing risks are better understood and addressed. “…The City… Continue Reading Thank you Seattle City Council and Mayor Murray!
Vessel sewage, treated or not, does not belong in Puget Sound. Vessel waste poses significant risks for human health and wildlife and the state Department of Health prohibits shellfish harvest near moorage facilities. Pumping waste to shoreside facilities is a far better way to go and the good news is 90% of boaters are already… Continue Reading Creating a No Discharge Zone for Puget Sound
Your Support is needed in Olympia to help protect Puget Sound from oil spills. Please urge your representatives to approve the Oil Transportation Safety Act – HB2347! ACTION NEEDED TODAY: Please email or call your local representative to support this fast-moving bill. A floor vote in the Washington State House of Representatives could happen as soon… Continue Reading Act NOW to protect our Sound from Oil Spills!
by Jimmy Pasch As you may know, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day was created as a federal holiday in 1983 to mark the birthday of the legendary civil rights leader. Later, in 1994, Congress designated the holiday as a national day of service, led by the Corporation for National and Community Service, which includes AmeriCorps.… Continue Reading Redondo Beach Cleanup with Thomas Jefferson High School
The Samish River: a Story of Salmon, Oysters and Cows By Chris Wilke, Puget Soundkeeper Canoeing in November, the Samish River. The Samish would be ‘River Number Twelve’ as part of Soundkeeper’s Twelve Rivers in Twelve Months program, launched in January 2013 to increase our understanding of the river systems that feed Puget Sound. The mission today:… Continue Reading View from the Helm – Winter 2013
Laura James – Communications Coordinator It’s that time of year again: Stormwater AKA Polluted Runoff. 200 years ago, large areas of dense evergreen forests stretched from the snowy peaks to the shores of Puget Sound, where waves and currents lapped at the base of madrona and sword ferns. The forest floor captured rainwater like a… Continue Reading Communications Corner – Winter 2013
by Kathryn Davis, Stewardship Coordinator Each week, rain or shine, Soundkeeper staff and volunteers head out for a patrol. Our usual destination is the Duwamish River. As our boat traverses Elliott Bay, we pass a stunning view of downtown Seattle. Towering skyscrapers dwarf Smith Tower, once the tallest building west of the Mississippi. Look closely and… Continue Reading Weekly Duwamish Patrol – What it’s all about!
Soundkeeper and allies file letter with state leaders calling for moratorium on new oil transport infrastructure.
December 9, 2013 Honorable Governor Jay Inslee Office of the Governor PO Box 40002 Olympia, WA 98504-0002 Director Maia Bellon Washington State Department of Ecology P.O. Box 47600 Olympia, WA 98504-7600 Commissioner Peter Goldmark Washington State Department of Natural Resources PO Box 47000 Olympia, WA 98504-1000 RE: Concerns over crude oil by rail shipments in… Continue Reading Soundkeeper and allies file letter with state leaders calling for moratorium on new oil transport infrastructure.
By Kathryn Davis Photo credit Steve Ringman/The Seattle Times On a clear day, the Olympic Mountains are visible from Seattle, a looming presence that reminds us of both the proximity and vastness of the Puget Sound area. Nestled within them are the headwaters of the mighty Elwha River. Step inside the new “Elwha: a River… Continue Reading A River Reborn – Burke Museum Elwha exhibit review
On December 11th at the South Park Community Center, Puget Soundkeeper was excited to help Cari Simson, a long-time Duwamish River advocate, put on a screening of the documentary Water Blues Green Solutions, proof that successful restoration efforts happen on the initiative of passionate communities. Four vignettes followed stories of stormwater management in Philadelphia, cleanup of the… Continue Reading Water Blues, Green Solutions Seattle Premier – Follow-up