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November 8, 2023


Puget Sound ecosystem holding on, but recovery remains uncertain, says latest status report

Efforts to restore ecological health to Puget Sound have largely failed to meet recovery goals, yet fish and wildlife populations are still hanging on, according to a new report that describes many struggling populations as neither increasing nor decreasing to a significant extent. The latest State of the Sound report, released last week by the […]

November 3, 2021


Puget Sound fish and wildlife populations fall short of 10-year recovery goals

A final report on the 2020 ecosystem-recovery goals for Puget Sound outlines habitat improvements for some streams, shorelines and wetlands, but it also describes ongoing declines among fish and wildlife populations that use those habitats. The latest State of the Sound report, released this week by the Puget Sound Partnership, summarizes the status of 52 […]

December 18, 2019

William Ruckelshaus is sworn in as the first head of the EPA in 1970. Photo courtesy of the Nixon Library.">

Remembering Bill Ruckelshaus

It was a turning point in the history of environmental policy. In 1972, the first head of the EPA, William Ruckelshaus, faced “a preponderance of the evidence” showing the effects of the pesticide DDT on birds and other wildlife. By then, Rachel Carson’s book Silent Spring had become a classic, clearly laying out the adverse […]

September 20, 2017

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Interview: Can ’Silicon Valley North’ change the way we think about Salish Sea recovery?

By Jeff Rice, Puget Sound Institute A strong economy driven by a world-leading technology industry is expected to draw millions of new residents to the Salish Sea region within decades. This changing population brings with it new strains on the environment but also new perspectives. Incoming residents may not see Puget Sound the same way […]

October 15, 2014

Science Panel: Are Puget Sound recovery efforts working?

The Puget Sound Science Panel will discuss the state of effectiveness monitoring in Puget Sound at its October 16th meeting in Edmonds. Also on the agenda are updates to new biophysical and human wellbeing indicators of Puget Sound health. The meeting will be held from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM at the Center Conference Room […]

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 […]

October 15, 2013

PSP soliciting nominations for Puget Sound Science Panel

The Leadership Council of the Puget Sound Partnership is calling for nominations for appointment to the Puget Sound Science Panel. The panel serves as an advisory group to the Puget Sound Partnership, and is made up of leading scientists from around the Salish Sea region. Scientists can nominate themselves or others, and scientists from the U.S. […]

October 1, 2013

Science Panel meeting reduced to single day due to federal government shutdown

The Puget Sound Science Panel meets today in Mount Vernon, but will not meet tomorrow (October 2nd) as scheduled due to the federal government shutdown. This is to accommodate panel members with federal affiliations. A revised meeting agenda is not yet available online, but the original meeting materials are available at the Puget Sound Partnership […]

June 7, 2013

PSI co-sponsors state of the science workshop on Puget Sound floodplains

Floodplains are considered a critical vital sign of Puget Sound recovery by the Puget Sound Partnership. Yet according to the agency, “there is currently no agreed-upon definition of a floodplain,” and much remains to be understood about the social and ecological implications of their protection and management. A June 6th workshop at the Center for Urban Waters in […]

August 9, 2012

Action Agenda update adopted

The Puget Sound Partnership’s governing board has unanimously adopted the 2012 Action Agenda Update, a science-based “blueprint for restoring the health of Puget Sound by 2020.” View the final document at the Partership’s Action Agenda Update Center.