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Upcoming seminar/webinar: Puget Sound applications of the VELMA ecohydrological model

Puget Sound Institute will host a seminar/webinar on June 11th, 2018 entitled: Puget Sound applications of the VELMA ecohydrological model Presenter: Bob McKane, PhD Date & Time: Monday, June 11, 2018, 11:00 am Pacific Time. Online access will be available from 10:45 am. Please log in by 10:50 am for a briefing on meeting guidelines. …

PSI will host a wide variety of sessions and panels at the 2018 Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference

The announcements are in and Puget Sound Institute researchers will be chairing or co-chairing at least five different special sessions at next year’s Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference in Seattle. The sessions will include subjects as varied as Contaminants of Emerging Concern, microplastics, Pacific herring, ecosystem modeling and the potential influence of the region’s technology industry …

Shoreline armoring puts flood insurance at risk

By Jeff Rice, Puget Sound Institute Communities across Puget Sound must consider salmon-safe alternatives to shoreline armoring or risk losing their flood insurance, according to requirements established by FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program. The requirements stem from a Biological Opinion issued by NOAA in 2008 finding that shoreline armoring and other development in the floodplain …

Special report for Puget Sound policymakers

It used to seem easier to spot the polluters. There were the usual suspects: Industrial pipes pumped toxic chemicals into the water; dams blocked the way for salmon; natural resources were over-harvested. Those problems still persist, but ecosystem management in Puget Sound has become increasingly complicated since the 1970s and 1980s. Scientists now recognize that …

PSI-sponsored session at CERF

The Puget Sound Institute is sponsoring a session at the November 2017 meeting of the Coastal & Estuarine Research Federation (CERF) in Providence, Rhode Island. The session will focus on technical support for ecosystem management and is now accepting abstracts for presentations. Session title: From objectives to actions: technical support for ecosystem management planning Lead Convener: …

PSI hosts modeling workshop

The Puget Sound Institute is hosting a workshop on “Modeling in Support of Ecosystem Recovery,” on February 15, 2017, from 10am – 4pm, at the South Seattle Community College Georgetown Campus, 6737 Corson Avenue South, Seattle, 98108. This workshop brings together modelers, Strategic Initiative Leads, Implementation Strategy (IS) team members, PSP Science Panel members, PSP …

White House announces blueprint for agency cooperation in Puget Sound

The Obama administration today approved the establishment of a new federal task force to prioritize agency actions for Puget Sound recovery. The announcement came from Christy Goldfuss, the managing director of the White House Council on Environmental Quality. “We understand we have a critical role to play here in Puget Sound,” said Goldfuss, speaking at a …

Puget Sound Day on the Hill 2016

Local agencies and stakeholders—including PSI— were in D.C. today to advocate for Puget Sound. Follow some of the action on social media, including Twitter posts at #saveoursound and #saveamericassound. Among the day’s highlights was a new stormwater bill introduced by Representative Derek Kilmer, who announced the legislation on Facebook. Read the full text of H.R.4648 – …

In the news: Radiolab event will feature PSI’s water detectives

There is a nice story in The News Tribune today on the upcoming Radiolab event in Tacoma. The January 22nd show at the Pantages Theater will focus on Northwest water issues and features a panel of environmental leaders, including PSI Director Joel Baker. The paper calls Joel and his lab “the ‘CSI’ of water science” and highlights some of their research into the high …