Concerns are growing that an earthquake or major ship accident could cause a failure that would halt ship traffic — or, worse, drop water levels in Lake Washington and Lake Union by up to 20 feet. That could mean stranded boats, disabled bridges and big problems for salmon restoration.
The decaying seawall along Seattle’s waterfront is providing scientists with an opportunity to improve long-lost habitat for migrating salmon. It could also show the way for habitat enhancements to crumbling infrastructure worldwide. One University of Washington researcher describes the project.
Before it was SSEC14, it was the Puget Sound Research Conference. It was 1988, the cold war was still in swing and researchers in Seattle were gathering for the very first science conference dedicated to the waters of Puget Sound.
Check out research priorities then and now. Download a complete collection of past Salish Sea conference proceedings from 1988 to the present day.