September 17, 2009 | Edition 8
In this issue:
All over western Washington, plans are drawn, dirt is turning, and progress is being made toward restoring and protecting Puget Sound. Here are a few highlights.
Nisqually Estuary Restoration
Elwha Dam Removal and Floodplain Restoration
Derelict Fishing Gear Removal
Among the other important projects that received funding from NOAA to move forward this year include the Smuggler’s Slough Nooksack River Restoration, Qwuloolt Estuary Restoration, Fisher Slough Marsh Restoration and the Hansen Creek Floodplain Restoration.
Watch the TV advertisement here:
This effort is the largest in history targeted at saving Puget Sound, and represents collaboration between cities, counties, environmental and stewardship groups, businesses, universities and more. The campaign will feature television spots geared toward educating residents about how they can change their behaviors to help save the Sound. Initially, the campaign will be focused on simple actions related to stormwater pollution reduction. The awareness campaign will be enhanced over time and further disseminated through coalition members.
For more information, please visit www.pugetsoundstartshere.org
Last week, the Snohomish County Council rejected dense residential development in rural areas.
For the full story in the Seattle Times, visit seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2009825865_websnocovote09m.html
Thurston County Commissioners last July approved an interim amendment to the current Critical Areas Ordinance to increase protection for native prairie and oak habitat.
Only about 3 percent of native south Puget Sound prairie still exists, and some of the most valuable areas are in Thurston County. Wildlife considered threatened or endangered by the State of Washington (but not yet on the Federal Endangered Species List) that rely on such habitat include the Mazama pocket gopher, the Western gray squirrel and the Taylor’s checkerspot butterfly.
The new amendment increases existing protections for prairie and oak habitat, and adds protections for properties connected to a larger wildlife corridor. It also updates the prairie and oak definitions to be consistent with the state and federal definitions.
As a result of corrections of on-site sewage systems along the southwest shoreline of Bainbridge Island, 140 acres on Port Orchard Pass were upgraded from Prohibited to Approved for shellfish harvest. This is on the tails of a major upgrade in Yukon Harbor last fall, which reopened 935 acres that had been closed to shellfish harvest since the 1960s.
The openings are seen as success stories for the Kitsap Health District’s Pollution Identification and Correction Program.
Thank you for working with us to protect and restore Puget Sound!
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