PSI will be visiting Washington, D.C. next week as part of Puget Sound Day on the Hill. The event is on May 2nd, and it is a chance to talk with D.C. policymakers about the importance of protecting the Puget Sound ecosystem.
On one hand, it’s not that hard of a sell. Few people would come out and say that they don’t think Puget Sound is a wonderful place with amazing natural resources. Everyone loves orcas. They love salmon. It’s kind of like saying we love oxygen. Ask most anyone on the street and they will tell you they are a fan of it. “I’m with you,” they will say. “Put me down as a supporter of oxygen.”
On the other hand, we all assume that there will be enough oxygen for us to breathe tomorrow and the next day. We support the concept, but we don’t necessarily worry about it.
The subtlety of our job is to explain to people that in some cases in Puget Sound the oxygen, so to speak, is running out. Despite its postcard-ready scenery, Puget Sound is in real danger. Climate change, habitat loss and water pollution threaten to squeeze the life out of Puget Sound and its species. We report on this almost every day in the Encyclopedia of Puget Sound, and as strong as the ecosystem is, you need only to count the region’s 70-plus Southern Resident killer whales to understand that the ecosystem’s capacity to withstand this squeeze is not boundless.
Puget Sound is vital to our health and wellbeing, to the economy, and to the species that live in it. It’s not enough just to be in favor of it. We have to provide the resources to protect it.
We will be joining with organizations like the Puget Sound Partnership and the Puget Sound Recovery Caucus, and you can read more about some of the events on the Puget Sound Partnership website.