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Puget Sound advocates take their message to Congress

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. …

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

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

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 …

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

Puget Sound groups prepare for ‘Day on the Hill’

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 …

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: …