Become a Sound Steward, training June 23

Sound Stewards, through a People for Puget Sound program, are  educated about coastal habitat restoration and trained to work with volunteers. Once trained, they commit to at least 40 hours of work within a year in support of the program.

Field training for the North Sound area is on Orcas Island:

Saturday June 23, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 
Native/invasive plant identification and vegetation monitoring methodology


Preparing for the Arrival of Japanese Tsunami Debris on our Shorelines

As coastal Washington anticipates the arrival of debris pulled out to sea in the 2011 Japanese tsunami, many questions and concerns have arisen in the minds of San Juan Islanders. Questions about: what's predicted to arrive, when it will arrive, how to identify hazardous material, what to do with culturally significant items, where to take collected debris, and how to help.

Lectures led by oceanographer, Dr. Jan Newton and Stewardship Network volunteers will be held in the islands June 1-3:


For WA Oil Refineries, What Qualifies as Air Pollution?

SEATTLE - If you can't meet the requirements to regulate air pollution, try changing them. That's what plaintiffs in a recent lawsuit say the state of Washington is attempting to do.

Last year, environmental groups sued the state for failing to regulate emissions from five oil refineries, and a district court judge agreed with the groups. This week, the Ecology Department has proposed changes to the state's plan for curbing air pollution.


May 23 Ocean acidification blue ribbon panel meeting open to public and online

Washington's shellfish growers are seeing an increase in the deaths of juvenile shellfish larvae, which has been linked to acidic marine waters. In December 2011, Washington became the first state in the nation appoint a panel of leading science and policy experts to respond to this ocean health issue, to expand Washington's shellfish resources, promote clean-water commerce, and create family-wage jobs.


SeaDoc starting own habitat mapping lab


Last week, scientists from 19 countries gathered on Orcas Island for three days of presentations and discussions on mapping and characterizing underwater habitats.

Apollo 8 Astronaut William Anders summed up the importance of seafloor habitat mapping in his GeoHab keynote speech when he reminded the conference participants, "We still know more about the surface of the moon, which is 240,000 miles away, than we do about the floor of the ocean."


Ecology Public workshops focus on possible changes to state's fish consumption rates

The Department of Ecology (Ecology) will hold public workshops on possible changes to the state's fish consumption rates in May in Ellensburg, Tacoma and Spokane Valley.

The sessions are part of Ecology's efforts to share information with the public and to involve all parties interested in the agency's work to update regulatory standards for in-water environmental cleanup and water pollution discharges. Ecology also proposes to amend existing regulatory tools to help entities work effectively toward meeting permit limits and toward controlling sources of pollutants.

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