Puget Sound http://www.kplu.org en Environment Washington Pushing To Close Loopholes In Clean Water Act http://www.kplu.org/post/environment-washington-pushing-close-loopholes-clean-water-act <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/155145736&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 23:04:47 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 17276 at http://www.kplu.org Environment Washington Pushing To Close Loopholes In Clean Water Act Counties Deploying Bacteria-Sniffing Dogs To Find Failing Septic Systems http://www.kplu.org/post/counties-deploying-bacteria-sniffing-dogs-find-failing-septic-systems <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/152492355&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>In recent years, the Samish River Basin in Skagit County has suffered severe pollution from fecal coliform bacteria. Water polluted with untreated sewage and manure leads to frequent closures of shellfish beds and beaches. County authorities are testing <a href="http://www.ecsk9s.com/" target="_blank">a new method to find the sources: poop-sniffing dogs</a>.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 02 Jun 2014 20:52:44 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 16896 at http://www.kplu.org Counties Deploying Bacteria-Sniffing Dogs To Find Failing Septic Systems Boaters Beware: State Wants to Ban Sewage Dumping in Puget Sound http://www.kplu.org/post/boaters-beware-state-wants-ban-sewage-dumping-puget-sound <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It might surprise you to learn</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;that you can dump the contents of your toilet into Puget Sound and not get in trouble. That’s essentially what some boaters do when they discharge their sewage into the water instead of pumping it out at a dock or marina.</span></p><p>The state Department of Ecology has proposed a federally-enforced ban on dumping in Puget Sound to stop the practice.</p><p>Amy Jankowiak&nbsp;with the state Department of Ecology says the state has been working on evaluating the feasibility and appropriateness of putting a dumping ban in place for two years. The department has now&nbsp;written the proposed law, which is ready for public comment.</p><p> Thu, 20 Feb 2014 00:34:51 +0000 The Associated Press 13850 at http://www.kplu.org Boaters Beware: State Wants to Ban Sewage Dumping in Puget Sound Homeowners at Odds with Gov't Agencies over Dredging, Disposal http://www.kplu.org/post/homeowners-odds-govt-agencies-over-dredging-disposal <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Some residents in the Olympia area are concerned about dredged materials being disposed of in the Puget Sound.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">They say the Department of Natural Resources&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">is failing to protect underwater ecology at the same time that state and federal governments are spending millions on cleanup.</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> Wed, 11 Dec 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 11580 at http://www.kplu.org Homeowners at Odds with Gov't Agencies over Dredging, Disposal Small Steps, but Much Work Ahead for Puget Sound Health http://www.kplu.org/post/small-steps-much-work-ahead-puget-sound-health <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">With its rocky beaches and abundant sea life, Puget Sound is at the heart of western Washington’s identity.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Yet we are falling behind on the work needed to restore its health, following years of pollution from industry and a growing population.</span></p><p>The <a href="http://www.psp.wa.gov/index.php" target="_blank">Puget Sound Partnership</a> has released its <a href="http://www.psp.wa.gov/sos.php" target="_blank">latest progress report</a>.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">And though there is some improvement, the challenges are still numerous.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Fri, 01 Nov 2013 12:01:00 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 10744 at http://www.kplu.org Small Steps, but Much Work Ahead for Puget Sound Health Scientists Take Aim at Mystery of Declining Salish Sea Salmon http://www.kplu.org/post/scientists-take-aim-mystery-declining-salish-sea-salmon <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Survival rates for salmon and steelhead in Puget Sound have plunged since the </span>1970s<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, and a big </span><a href="http://www.lltk.org/rebuilding-populations/salish-sea-marine-survival/overview" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">new international study </a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">is aiming to figure out why.</span></p><p> Thu, 22 Aug 2013 04:06:09 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 9718 at http://www.kplu.org Scientists Take Aim at Mystery of Declining Salish Sea Salmon Freshmen Congressmen Convene Puget Sound Recovery Caucus http://www.kplu.org/post/freshmen-congressmen-convene-puget-sound-recovery-caucus <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 19px; line-height: 1.5;">Puget Sound lost a champion when Congressman Norm Dicks retired last year. Two freshman U.S. Representatives have formed a special caucus to fill the void.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Wed, 21 Aug 2013 13:01:00 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 9701 at http://www.kplu.org Freshmen Congressmen Convene Puget Sound Recovery Caucus Snail Eradication Leads to Costly Settlement for Port of Tacoma http://www.kplu.org/post/snail-eradication-leads-costly-settlement-port-tacoma <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">An attempt to get rid of tiny pests has proven costly for the Port of Tacoma.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Port and two contractors <a href="http://www.portoftacoma.com/Page.aspx?cid=6418">have agreed to pay</a> a half-million dollar fine and spend more than $4 million to restore and enhance wetlands under a settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.</span></p> Tue, 06 Aug 2013 23:38:57 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 9547 at http://www.kplu.org Snail Eradication Leads to Costly Settlement for Port of Tacoma Critical Habitat Listed for Puget Sound Rockfish http://www.kplu.org/post/critical-habitat-listed-puget-sound-rockfish <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; line-height: 15px;">The National Marine Fisheries Service proposes to designate almost 1,200 square miles of Puget Sound as critical habitat for three species of endangered rockfish.</p><div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; line-height: 15px;"><p>The habitat protection follows the 2010 decision to list yelloweye, canary and bocaccio rockfish under the Endangered Species Act.</p> Tue, 06 Aug 2013 21:55:19 +0000 The Associated Press 9543 at http://www.kplu.org Critical Habitat Listed for Puget Sound Rockfish Lawsuit threatened over Puget Sound rockfish http://www.kplu.org/post/lawsuit-threatened-over-puget-sound-rockfish <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; line-height: 15px;"><span style="font-size: 15.199999809265137px;">The Center for Biological Diversity said Thursday it intends to sue the National Marine Fisheries Service for missing a deadline to designate protected habitat for endangered Puget Sound rockfish. It's been three years since they were listed.</span></p><div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; line-height: 15px;"><p>A lawyer for the group in San Francisco, Catherine Kilduff, says some rockfish can live to be 100 years old and losing them would be like clear-cutting an old growth forest.</p> Thu, 11 Jul 2013 22:34:59 +0000 The Associated Press 9315 at http://www.kplu.org Lawsuit threatened over Puget Sound rockfish Sediment health declining in central Puget Sound http://www.kplu.org/post/sediment-health-declining-central-puget-sound <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Scientists examining the health of Puget Sound have uncovered a new mystery involving the very bottom of the food chain.</span></p><p>A <a href="https://fortress.wa.gov/ecy/publications/SummaryPages/1303021.html" target="_blank">new study</a> from the state Department of Ecology shows toxins in sediments have declined over the past decade.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">But it also found declining health of the creatures that live in the sediment.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Wed, 05 Jun 2013 12:01:00 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 8994 at http://www.kplu.org Sediment health declining in central Puget Sound New environmental group to serve as Puget Sound watchdog http://www.kplu.org/post/new-environmental-group-serve-puget-sound-watchdog <p>With its eelgrass beds and rocky beaches, Puget Sound’s shoreline is frequented by hundreds of species of fish and other creatures. State and federal agencies spend hundreds of millions of dollars on its <a href="http://www.psp.wa.gov/sos.php">restoration</a>.</p><p>But Amy Carey, Executive Director of a new group called <a href="http://soundaction.org/#!/puget-sound-on-the-brink">Sound Action</a>, says the marine ecosystems that support sensitive species are still declining.</p> Fri, 12 Apr 2013 01:01:06 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 8390 at http://www.kplu.org New environmental group to serve as Puget Sound watchdog Seattle Mayor aiming high on green infrastructure for stormwater http://www.kplu.org/post/seattle-mayor-aiming-high-green-infrastructure-stormwater <p>When you look around the streets of Seattle, you can expect to see less concrete and more greenery being put in over the next 12 years.</p><p>The City is planning to dramatically increase its use of <a href="http://www.seattle.gov/util/MyServices/DrainageSewer/Projects/GreenStormwaterInfrastructure/index.htm">green infrastructure</a> to treat <a href="http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/wq/stormwater/municipal/index.html">stormwater runoff</a>.</p><p>Stormwater runoff is acknowledged as the single largest source of pollution in Puget Sound.</p> Thu, 07 Mar 2013 01:46:46 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 7918 at http://www.kplu.org Seattle Mayor aiming high on green infrastructure for stormwater 6 orcas identified off West Seattle as sun sets http://www.kplu.org/post/6-orcas-identified-west-seattle-sun-sets <p></p><p>More than a dozen killer whales swimming past West Seattle gave residents a spectacular sight Monday as the sun set.</p><p> Tue, 09 Oct 2012 20:02:06 +0000 The Associated Press 6653 at http://www.kplu.org 6 orcas identified off West Seattle as sun sets Puget Sound economy bouncing back faster than the U.S. http://www.kplu.org/post/puget-sound-economy-bouncing-back-faster-us <p>There have been a few glimmers of hope lately for the U.S. economy, such as a better-than-expected jobs report. But local economist Dick Conway&nbsp; says there&rsquo;s even more reason for optimism for the Puget Sound region.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 13 Aug 2012 12:00:00 +0000 Ashley Gross 5933 at http://www.kplu.org