We’re extending our deepest gratitude to everyone who helped make 2023 an incredible year, especially the more than 2,000 volunteers who joined us for hundreds of cleanups, paddles, community science projects, workshops, and more. 

Together, we removed over 7,000 pounds of debris from our waterways. We participated in community science projects to document the accumulation of toxic contaminants in mussels, coho salmon Urban Runoff Mortality Syndrome, and the prevelance of microplastics in the marine environment. Our youth leaders connected with hundreds of community members at dozens of Duwamish Valley outreach events, tested water quality in Springbrook Creek, and worked on a riparian restoration project. Hundreds of you advocated for change and helped us pass three bills during the legislative session, and dozens of you joined us to learn about stormwater policies and permits. And, we initiated exciting new partnerships like our relationship with River Access Paddle Program.

Our community made 2023 an amazing year, but we know next year will be even better. Soundkeeper officially launches its 40th anniversary in January! Get a jump on our anniversary activities by joining us for a film screening on January 5th and our first lobby day on January 15th.

After that, we’ll see you all around the Sound with monthly volunteer opportunities, special celebratory events, and more. Stay tuned! 

2023: Year In Review

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Clockwise from top:

  • Lost Urban Creeks youth leaders completed a multi-week science communications workshop and created short films about our riparian restoration project.
  • Dozens of volunteers joined us for two walking cleanups and two kayak cleanups on July 5th, removing toxic fireworks debris from Lake Union.
  • Soundkeeper staff led a low-tide exploration at Constellation Park in West Seattle, connecting our community with Puget Sound’s incredible tidal ecosystem.
  • Over 30 volunteers deployed mussel monitoring cages around Puget Sound, as part of our partnership with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. 
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  • Clockwise from top:
  • Soundkeeper completed its second Escaped Trash Assessment Protocol cleanup, aligning our marine debris removal efforts with Environmental Protection Agency reporting standards.
  • Volunteers joined Soundkeeper staff, rain or shine, for our weekly Lake Union cleanups.
  • Soundkeeper continued its long-running salmon survey in Longfellow Creek. Volunteers documented Urban Runoff Mortality Syndrome in returning coho salmon suffering from exposure to 6PPD-quinone.
  • Our community joined Soundkeeper at several meetups throughout the year, connecting with program staff and learning about current legislative priorities and Clean Water Act litigation.

Want to see more of this in 2024? Your support brings people out to our shared waterways through education, stewardship, and advocacy. Make a gift by 12/31 and double your impact with our $15,000 match

(Photos by Fosters Creative, Hannah Letinich, Danny Ngo, Daniel Truong, and Edward Yamut)