Looking at the Issues: Puget Sound

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Upcoming Coverage

Peer out onto the shimmering waters of Puget Sound. Beautiful, right? But don’t be fooled. Beneath the surface millions of gallons of polluted wastewater are dumped daily. Along the shoreline, habitats crucial to small fish that are key to the Puget Sound food web are being wiped out by development. InvestigateWest Executive Director Robert McClure has reported on Puget Sound for nearly two decades, work that helped inspire the Washington Legislature to create a new agency, the Puget Sound Partnership, to oversee the work of restoring the Sound. This year InvestigateWest reporters are again dipping into the health of Puget Sound.

Awards and Previous Coverage

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Lisa Stiffler won first place for longform feature news reporting for “Climate change turns Puget Sound acidic and region’s signature oysters struggle to survive.”

The Weather Channel Digital, in partnership with InvestigateWest, won first place for a Specialized Journalism Site for their reporting project, the United States of Climate Change.

Protestors gather at a Seattle rally against proposed funding cuts for Puget Sound restoration on March 22nd.

TRUMP IS NOT THE ONLY ONE CUTTING PUGET SOUND FUNDING

President Trump’s proposed $28 million cut of Puget Sound restoration funding has provoked an outcry. But loss of federal funding is not the only cause for concern. Click to Read More

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STATE CUTS THREATEN PUGET SOUND, CLEANUPS, GRASSROOTS GROUPS

At its heart, a dispute about how important it is with falling revenues to clean up previously polluted sites versus preventing new pollution, and what citizens really meant when they voted in 1988 for the Model Toxics Control Act. Click to Read More

The owners of this Vashon Island property are under investigation by King County for armoring the beachfront by installing an unpermitted seawall made of rocks, logs and sandbags. The homemade seawall prevents sand from the bluff above from covering rocks along the shore and providing a place for fish to lay eggs. The vacant parcel is located on Olympic Drive in northwestern Vashon Island, on the Colvos Passage.

IN PUSH TO SAVE ORCAS, SHOULD WASHINGTON FISH COPS GET MORE POWER?

A bill in the Washington Legislature (HB1579) would give state Fish and Wildlife agents far more power to fight armoring of Puget Sound seashore by seawalls and other environmental insults along the shoreline. Click to Read More

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STATE MAY DELAY CLEANUP OF STORMWATER, WA’S NO. 1 WATER POLLUTION SOURCE

Developers and local governments are pushing to save money by delaying court-ordered efforts to control the state’s biggest source of water pollution. Click to Read More