Sep 2012 Issue
eNews - Puget Sound Institute - University of Washington Tacoma

Welcome to the Puget Sound Institute's bimonthly newsletter. In this issue...

Puget Sound scientists have been extremely busy this summer, launching significant new research programs, collaborating with regional policy makers to revise the Puget Sound Partnership's Action Agenda, and assisting local jurisdictions in their efforts to prioritize restoration activities. At the Puget Sound Institute, we led an external peer review of the Hood Canal dissolved oxygen issue, began discussions about how to best advance the understanding of forage fish ecology, and launched an exciting partnership developing social science-based indicators. These accomplishments and more are detailed in this newsletter. I am also very pleased to welcome Marc Mangel, Richard Anderson, and Kelly Biedenweg to the Puget Sound Institute, three accomplished scientists who broaden our collective expertise to meet critical needs for restoring Puget Sound.

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Dr. Joel Baker
Director, Puget Sound Institute


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Featured news

PSI review finds minimal evidence for human impacts on Hood Canal hypoxia

An independent review conducted by the Puget Sound Institute is featured in findings released September 17th by the Environmental Protection Agency and the state Department of Ecology that there is currently “no compelling evidence” that humans are the cause for recent trends in declines in dissolved oxygen in Hood Canal. [More]

map of Hood Canal action area

Research spotlight: Studying nitrogen impacts from septic tanks and alder trees in Hood Canal

In addition to the recent review of the science surrounding Hood Canal dissolved oxygen, a PSI scientist and his collaborators have been doing on-the-ground research. [More]

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PSI partners with UW Climate Impacts Group

If you ask a scientist what they consider to be the most significant threat to the health of the Puget Sound ecosystem, more often than not they will point to climate change. The impacts will touch almost every facet of Puget Sound ecology. [More]

Exploring quality of life and human well-being in Puget Sound restoration

How can restoration improve the quality of life of residents of the Puget Sound region? How does a healthy Puget Sound basin affect human well-being locally and afar? Throughout Puget Sound, government and non-government land management agencies are increasingly interested in considering the human aspects of restoration management. So far, this exploration has looked mostly at how humans influence the natural world: the pollution caused by failing septic systems or agricultural runoff or the decline in fish stock due to overfishing. Recent work, however, is attempting to monitor how a healthier ecosystem can improve human quality of life. [More]

News roundup

PSI welcomes three new researchers

The Puget Sound Institute is pleased to welcome three new researchers to the Center for Urban Waters this fall. [More]

Pacific herring

PSI to convene study panel for forage fish

The Puget Sound Institute is assembling a study panel to focus on science priorities for regional forage fish conservation. The panel stems from a recent symposium at the University of Washington's Friday Harbor Labs: Conservation and Ecology of Marine Forage Fishes in Puget Sound. [More]

Georeferencing the Burke Museum herpetology collection

The Puget Sound Institute recently collaborated with the Burke Museum at the University of Washington to georeference the museum's herpetology collection. [More]

Cascade frog

Upcoming events

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Encyclopedia of Puget Sound kickoff and panel discussion

The PSI's Encyclopedia of Puget Sound is hosting a website kickoff event on October 24th! Join us for a panel discussion and reception to celebrate the launch of a new effort to synthesize and share scientific information about Puget Sound recovery. [More]

Recent papers

New papers from PSI researchers focus on ecosystem services and human ecology

New papers from Puget Sound Institute researchers run the gamut from studies of ecosystem services and management to human ecology and river recreation in the Puget Sound lowland. [More]

News from the Puget Sound Partnership

Welcoming new Puget Sound Partnership executive director

Col. Anthony Wright, retired Army Corps of Engineers district engineer, was appointed by Gov. Chris Gregoire in July to lead the Puget Sound Partnership.The Partnership is the backbone organization that coordinates the efforts of citizens, governments, tribes, scientists and businesses to set priorities, implement a regional recovery plan and ensure accountability for results. [More]

Col. Anthony Wright

PSP's 2012 Action Agenda update now available

The Puget Sound Partnership is excited to announce the 2012 update to the Action Agenda, which outlines the region’s priorities and actions to address the foundational elements of a healthy Puget Sound: our economy, environment, human health, and quality of life. [More]