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February 25, 2014

Reducing the risk of PCBs in sediments

Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs) were banned in the 1970s, but continue to persist in sediments at the bottom of Puget Sound. A vestige of earlier use and improper disposal, they remain among the most toxic pollutants in local waters, are implicated in the decline of the region’s endangered Southern Resident Killer Whale population, and are at […]

February 21, 2014

New approaches to ecosystem synthesis

Is technology changing the way we think about ecosystem information? PSI’s Encyclopedia of Puget Sound will host a two-part session on new approaches to ecosystem synthesis at this spring’s Salish Sea conference. Presentations will run the gamut from demonstrations of visualization software to wiki-based conceptual models. The session will conclude with a 30-minute panel discussion […]

February 20, 2014

Updated habitat classifications for Puget Sound

Species and their habitats are a foundation of the ecosystem framework, but there is currently no generally agreed upon habitat classification system for Puget Sound. The closest thing for its marine and nearshore environments may be Dr. Megan Dethier’s 1990 resource A Marine and Estuarine Habitat Classification System for Washington State. Much of the work for […]

February 6, 2014

Stormwater conference focuses on cleanup strategies for businesses

Our colleague Kurt Marx is moderating a session at the Managing Stormwater in the Northwest conference on March 5th in Tacoma. Approximately 75% of the pollution in Puget Sound comes from stormwater runoff, and the conference looks at how businesses in particular can lower their impact. Visit the conference website.

January 26, 2014

The importance of synthesis to disaster planning and response

The U.S. government spends billions on disaster relief every year—$136 billion between 2011 and 2013 alone—but one crucial area tends to be overlooked. There are often major gaps in the scientific understanding of the environments in question. When disasters hit, responders must often play catch up, using valuable time assessing prior ecological conditions or pulling together […]

January 25, 2014

PSI report examines selection of near-term actions in Island County

Local communities play an important role in the development of the state’s Action Agenda for Puget Sound recovery. The Puget Sound Partnership has established a series of Local Integrating Organizations (LIOs) in nine geographic regions to help establish conservation priorities. A 2014 report from the Puget Sound Institute looks at this process as it occurred in the […]

January 23, 2014

Social Science and Monitoring Needs for Puget Sound Recovery

A PSI report released in January describes a recent workshop to integrate the social sciences into Puget Sound ecosystem monitoring. Future work will focus in part on several of the Puget Sound Partnership’s designated ecosystem indicators, including categories such as Healthy Human Population and Human Quality of Life. Read the full report on the Encyclopedia […]

December 12, 2013

New Puget Sound Science Panel members announced

The Puget Sound Leadership Council has appointed four new members to the Puget Sound Science Panel, including two Canadian scientists. Ian Perry of Fisheries and Oceans Canada, and Terre Satterfield of the University of British Columbia join Nives Dolsak and Tim Essington of the University of Washington. Bill Labiosa was re-appointed. Their terms extend to […]