How does one of the West’s busiest airports deal with extreme stormwater, and what does that mean for water quality standards in the rest of the state?
It was a treasure trove of data waiting to be uncovered. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (DFW) had been surveying Puget Sound herring habitat for more than 40 years, but until recently, much of that data remained in the original logbooks, un-digitized and unused. Recent efforts by a Puget Sound Institute biologist in collaboration with NOAA and DFW have now made this data more accessible. The scientists hope that it will help to answer some of the key questions behind recent declines in Puget Sound herring populations. Continue reading
Pollution from stormwater has been called one of the greatest threats to Puget Sound. How much will it cost to hold back the rain? A new EPA-funded study says the price could reach billions per year, a figure that dwarfs current state and federal allocations.
The Puget Sound Partnership has appointed three new members to its advisory Science Panel.
The new panel members include Barbara Bentley, a former academic and now President and CEO of Noetica Naturalists; Robert Ewing, Director of Timberlands Strategic Planning for Weyerhaeuser; and Eric Strecker, Principal Water Resources Engineer and Fisheries Biologist with Geosyntec Consultants.
Four current members of the Science Panel were re-appointed, including Wayne Landis, Timothy Quinn, John Stark and Trina Wellman.
The shellfish industry is a cornerstone of the Puget Sound economy, but the region’s famed mollusks provide more than just money and jobs. They offer what are called ecosystem services—a wide variety of benefits that humans derive from an ecosystem.
The Puget Sound Partnership Leadership Council has adopted the 2014-16 Biennial Science Work Plan, a technical document identifying and recommending priority science for Puget Sound recovery. Nick Georgiadis of the Puget Sound Institute led the drafting of the document in cooperation with the Puget Sound Partnership Science Panel.
The new EPA cleanup plan for the Lower Duwamish Waterway seeks to remove 90% of the river’s pollution over a period of 17 years. The EPA issued the following press release today. Continue reading
Climate change, like politics, is local. “At least that is how you have to look at the impacts,” says Encyclopedia of Puget Sound topic editor Amy Snover. Snover is the Director of the Climate Impacts Group at the University of Washington and has been conducting research on the expected ‘time of emergence’ for climate change in the Puget Sound region.
Every year, winter rains bring the threat of millions of dollars in property damage, or even the loss of life, from floods. Rivers have historically been channeled and tamed to protect towns and farms in low-lying floodplains, but research shows that this approach may actually be making flooding worse while at the same time threatening Puget Sound’s salmon. At Hansen Creek in the Skagit Valley, scientists say nature is the best engineer. Read Eric Wagner’s story in the Encyclopedia of Puget Sound’s Salish Sea Currents series.
When can we expect to see the full impacts of climate change in Puget Sound, and what will those be? UW Climate Impacts Group Director Amy Snover will present new research in a talk tomorrow (November 19th) at the University of Washington Tacoma. Her presentation is from 2-3:30 at the UWT Research Commons, 3rd Floor Tioga Library Building (TLB) 1907 Jefferson Ave, Tacoma.
The Puget Sound Institute is seeking a highly-motivated full-time research scientist to analyze and synthesize, and help design a communication plan for, the results of 30–35 research projects conducted over the last 4 years focused on recovery and protection of the nearshore and marine environments of Puget Sound. This is an 8-month project, and we are seeking a PhD-level individual with a background in aquatic ecology, and connecting science to policy; familiarity with the Puget Sound region is a plus. This is a real opportunity to connect results from funded research to policy, or implementation activities, in support of ecosystem recovery. Continue reading
The decaying seawall along Seattle’s waterfront is providing scientists with an opportunity to improve long-lost habitat for migrating salmon. It could also show the way for habitat enhancements to crumbling infrastructure worldwide. One University of Washington researcher describes the project.