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State of the Sound: Still Hurting

posted Nov 13, 2017, 3:36 PM by Simon Bakke

New report cites progress in Whatcom County while calling for efforts to keep pollution out of the Salish Sea

The Puget Sound Partnership’s biennial “State of the Sound” report, released today, says restoration efforts around the Salish Sea have made a difference.  At the same time, the report warns that we must do a better job at stopping pollution to protect what have.  The report urges Puget Sound residents to support state and local efforts “as they go about the extraordinarily difficult task of preventing projects and activities that will harm the Sound.”

As one of the organizations working to prevent pollution from harming the Sound, RE Sources agrees with the report’s fundamental message. “Restoration alone isn’t enough,” said RE Sources clean water program manager Ann Russell. “The need to identify and stop sources of pollution are critical, and will become even more important as our region continues to grow.” The report notes that an estimated 1,000 people every week are moving into the Puget Sound basin.

At the same time, RE Sources was heartened that the report called out several projects in Whatcom County that have made a positive difference. The report specifically cites the reopening of shellfish beds in Drayton Harbor and efforts to use natural infrastructure to filter polluted stormwater runoff entering Lake Whatcom (Bellingham’s drinking water source). RE Sources is proud to have played a role in both of these successful projects.

“It’s a tough challenge,” said Russell. “And we know from experience that when the people of Whatcom County work together to stop pollution, we get results that everyone who cares about the Salish Sea can own and be proud of.”