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Puget Sound advocates take their message to Congress

Puget Sound 'Day on the Hill' promotional image courtesy of the Puget Sound Partnership

Delegates stressed the need for a federal partnership with state and local governments to save salmon, orcas and Native American culture. Puget Sound Institute senior writer Christopher Dunagan visited Washington D.C. during the May 4 -6 ‘Day on the Hill’ event, in which Puget Sound representatives met with federal policymakers to advocate for ecosystem protection. …

Federal lawmakers optimistic about Puget Sound funding

A southern resident killer whale breaches in Puget Sound. Photo courtesy of NOAA.

By Christopher Dunagan WASHINGTON, D.C. — Optimism, as related to a possible increase in funding for Puget Sound recovery, permeated discussions this week, when 80 officials from the region met with lawmakers in the nation’s capitol. “It’s the first time in several years that we’ve actually been in a position to direct more money to …

Puget Sound ‘Day on the Hill’ kicks off in D.C.

Rep. Derek Kilmer speaks to Puget Sound groups during a previous 'Day on the Hill' event. Photo by Tessa Francis.

Puget Sound Institute senior writer Christopher Dunagan is in Washington, D.C. covering this week’s “Puget Sound Day on the Hill” event. By Christopher Dunagan WASHINGTON, D.C. — About 80 leaders involved in restoring Puget Sound to ecological health have been gathering here in the nation’s Capitol since last night to meet with federal lawmakers and …

Puget Sound groups prepare for ‘Day on the Hill’

The U.S. Capitol Building. Photo by Martin Falbisoner. CC BY-SA 3.0

Watch for reports from our senior writer Christopher Dunagan at this year’s Puget Sound Day on the Hill in Washington, D.C.. The May 14-16 event, originally organized by Rep.’s Derek Kilmer and Denny Heck of the Puget Sound Recovery Caucus is a chance for local groups to meet with federal decision-makers to raise awareness of …

PSI is hiring for a new postdoc position

PSI is seeking a postdoctoral research scientist to focus on modeling the connections between terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems in Puget Sound. The full job announcement is available below. University of Washington Postdoctoral Research Scientist Modeling Terrestrial-Aquatic Linkages in Puget Sound The Puget Sound Institute, a University of Washington research center located in Tacoma (www.pugetsoundinstitute.org), is …

Video: Identifying sources of pollution in the Skagit Valley

Screenshot from video.

A video produced by the University of Washington Center for Urban Waters shows how chemical tracers can identify sources of pollution affecting shellfish growers in Puget Sound’s Skagit Valley. Fecal coliform pollution is a widespread problem in Puget Sound, resulting in costly beach and shellfish bed closures whenever it is detected. Analytical techniques can now …