Millions of dollars are spent each year to restore Puget Sound to a healthy condition. But how do we know if the effort is paying off? The Kitsap Sun is continuing a series of stories examining six categories of indicators the Puget Sound Partnership is using to gauge the health of Puget Sound. Stories will look at indicators in categories like the ecosystem’s food web, water quality, water quantity, species and habitats. Read about these issues on the Kitsap Sun’s website.
President Obama’s plan hands a long-sought victory to island residents and members of Washington’s congressional delegation. Read more about what this means in the Seattle Times.
As part of its “green wall against sprawl,” King County agrees to pay Hancock Timber Resources Group $11.1 million for development rights on its White River Forest east of Enumclaw. Read more about this in the Seattle Times.
This is the second post in a seven-part series titled Students of Sustainability: How Higher Education Can Teach the World To Be More Planet-Minded, presented in partnership with the University of Washington. Kicking off the series was UW President Michael Young–now its College of the Environment Dean Lisa Gaumlich’s turn. Read Dr. Graumlich’s article on the Huffington Post.
Imagine having a daylong Thanksgiving feast every day for a month, then, only pauper’s rations the rest of the year. University of Washington researchers have discovered Dolly Varden, a kind of trout, eating just that way in Alaska’s Chignik Lake watershed. Read more about this research in UW Today.
As the Elwha continues to find is natural path and flush downstream the sediment trapped behind the dam’s concrete walls, scientists are noticing major changes. Read more about what they’re seeing in the Seattle Times.
Washington governor’s focus on the issue goes beyond ordinary politics. He says finding solutions is both a moral obligation and an economic opportunity. Read more about this in the Seattle Times.