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May 23, 2024


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We want to hear from you! Help us bring you the best possible science news about Salish Sea ecosystem recovery. The University of Washington Puget Sound Institute invites you to take a survey so we can learn more about your information needs. The survey should take about 3 minutes to complete and your responses will be […]

May 8, 2024


June 4 roundtable will discuss enhancing climate change planning and adaptive management in marine protected areas

The Salish Sea Science Roundtable speaker series continues on Tuesday, June 4 from 12:30 – 1:30 pm. Marine Protected Areas are being deployed globally to protect the Earth’s biodiversity in rapidly changing oceans. Nesting climate change considerations within adaptive Marine Protected Area management and monitoring is becoming a more common approach, and climate change is increasingly […]

May 3, 2024


Construction fees support local program that protects and restores rare habitats in Hood Canal

Big construction projects often trigger big conservation projects, because federal and state laws require mitigation for environmental damage. For the past 12 years, Hood Canal Coordinating Council has been working quietly to protect and restore shorelines, wetlands and freshwater habitats in Hood Canal by using funds spun off from construction by the U.S. Navy and […]

April 15, 2024

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From PCBs to PFAS on May 9

As pioneers in their respective fields, Steven Eisenreich and Scott Mabury will reflect on lessons learned to more efficiently understand the threats and impacts of PCBs and PFAS. There are important similarities and important differences; both can be informative.  Despite decades of regulation and remedial effort, Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs) continue to impair environmental health in […]

March 28, 2024

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Ask a scientist: Are human-derived hormones like estrogen harming fish in Puget Sound?

Hormones such as estrogens that humans create in their own bodies are entering Puget Sound through wastewater, raising concerns about their effects on fish and other wildlife. We spoke with Puget Sound Institute scientist Maya Faber about how environmental exposure to human-derived estrogen can alter the reproductive cycles of male and female fish. The effects […]

March 27, 2024

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Decision support tools for Puget Sound restoration and protection

The following article was commissioned by the Habitat Strategic Initiative Lead (HSIL), a cross-agency team co-led by the Washington Departments of Fish and Wildlife and Natural Resources. Where are the best places to invest in restoration and protection of beach and riparian habitats? In this post we highlight three tools, funded by the Habitat Strategic […]

March 25, 2024

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Speaker series continues with focus on groundwater and stream flow models

The Salish Sea Science Roundtable speaker series continues on Tuesday, April 2 from 12:30 – 1:30 pm. The talk is hosted by the Puget Sound Institute and will look at how the Suquamish Tribe is using models such as MODFLOW and VELMA to manage groundwater and stream flows. As climate change intensifies, more frequent heatwaves, reduced snowpack, […]