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How air pollution becomes water pollution with long-term effects on Puget Sound

When thinking of air pollution, I used to think only of breathing toxic chemicals into our lungs, with uncertain health effects. That’s bad enough, but air pollution — which is everywhere — is also getting into our waterways and penetrating deep into our food webs. Rivers, lakes and Puget Sound, no body of water escapes …

Partnership explores revised measures of Puget Sound health, as 2020 deadline arrives

It is the year 2020. You could say that the time has run out for restoring Puget Sound to a healthy condition. But time marches on. When the Legislature created the Puget Sound Partnership in 2007, lawmakers included this sentence in state law: “It is the goal of the state that the health of Puget …

Sharing info, as changes in ocean chemistry affect Northwest waters at alarming pace

It was fairly alarming, even to scientists, to hear the latest research regarding ocean acidification — a powerful change in ocean chemistry that results from excess carbon dioxide passing from the atmosphere into the oceans of the world. One of the most alarming reports came from Richard Feely, senior scientist at NOAA’s Pacific Marine Environmental …

PSI launches “Our Water Ways” blog

PSI senior writer Christopher Dunagan.

We are pleased to announce that we are launching a new blog from veteran environmental journalist Christopher Dunagan. Chris has been a senior writer at the Puget Sound Institute since 2015 and has written dozens of in-depth stories for our science magazine Salish Sea Currents. That signature reporting will continue, but now Chris will be …

Welcome to ‘Our Water Ways,’ a blog about Puget Sound and all things water-related

Welcome to “Our Water Ways,” a new blog I’m writing for the Puget Sound Institute with a name that will sound familiar to some. For the past 12 years, I’ve been writing a blog called “Watching Our Water Ways” for the Kitsap Sun. Now, my blogging efforts will have a new home. I’ve outlined the …

2020 NEP funding announced

Three inter-agency teams at the state of Washington have announced their recommendations for the distribution of more than $10.9 million dollars in National Estuary Program Geographic Funds for Puget Sound in 2020. The funding is provided annually by the Environmental Protection Agency to support habitat protection, stormwater mitigation and the protection of shellfish beds. The …

Job opportunity for postdoctoral research scientist

The Puget Sound Institute is hiring a post-doctoral research scientist. The listing from UW Human Resources is below.  POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCH SCIENTIST 2 Req #: 165198 Department: UW TACOMA-CENTER FOR URBAN WATERS Job Location: UW Tacoma Posting Date: 11/15/2019 Closing Info: Open Until Filled Salary: Salary and benefits are competitive. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and …

Puget Sound Partnership issues biennial State of the Sound Report

The Puget Sound Partnership has released its biennial report on the most recent status and trends for Puget Sound recovery. The following is a reprint of a news release from the Partnership about its 2019 State of the Sound Report. News release October 2, 2019 Puget Sound Partnership MEDIA CONTACT: Jon Bridgman, 206.276.5309, jon.bridgman@psp.wa.gov 2019 …