The 2020 Trash Report details the work of the 327 volunteers who participated in Puget Sound ICC efforts from September through October of this year. In comparison to previous years, overall totals are different due to COVID-19, but volunteers safely cleaned up 297 miles of shoreline and removed 3,008 pounds of trash.
PCBs and DDTs Tops the List of Contaminants in Mussels According to Newly Released Mussel Monitoring Survey Report
Why are mussels used to study pollution? Mussels are prolific filter feeders that can filter anywhere from 20-50 gallons of water each day. Because of this, they perform an important ecosystem service – they clean our water!
Puget Soundkeeper’s San Juan Island Marine Debris Project aims to remove harmful marine pollution from the shores and waters of the iconic San Juan Islands. With the help of Aquatic Research and Monitoring’s 34 foot landing craft, “The Voyager”, we’re able to patrol San Juan Island waters to remove harmful debris.
Youth from Soundkeeper’s Lost Urban Creeks project took to the field last week to see what a functioning salmon habitat really looks like. Dan Eastman, the Capital Project Manager for King County’s Water and Land Resources Division, Ecological Restoration and Engineering Services Unit and Nathan Brown III, Cedar River Council Coordinator and Project Program Manager met Lost Urban Creeks program participants at the Cedar River to show them the Rainbow Bend Restoration Site.
Beginning in October, a population of coho salmon returns to Longfellow Creek. But once there, they are met with serious pollution.
Puget Sound is fed by thousands of tributaries that travel through fields, cities and backyards. These creeks and streams are essential pieces of the larger ecosystem. They are also the place where many pollution problems begin.