Conference snapshot: Listening to the Salish Sea

One of the hot topics at the Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference this week is the impact of shipping noise on marine mammals such as the region's endangered Southern Resident Killer Whales. As vessel traffic increases in the Salish Sea, so does chronic noise, which scientists say can alter whale behavior or even mask communication between species. Now scientists are saying that this may be an even bigger issue, affecting species across the board.

Conference coverage from Salish Sea Currents

Watch for updates and stories from the 2016 Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference in Salish Sea Currents. We are sending ten science writers to Vancouver to cover key findings—from the fascinating to the decision-critical—emerging from more than 450 talks scheduled for this week's conference. These stories will be published throughout the year on the Encyclopedia of Puget Sound. If you want a sense of what is happening during the week, our writers and others will be posting to Twitter using the hashtag #SSEC16.

EPA approves cleanup plan for Lake Whatcom

After two decades of research and study, a plan to restore the health of Lake Whatcom and protect the drinking water for nearly 100,000 people became a reality last week after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency officially gave its stamp of approval.
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Region's largest gathering on the state of the ecosystem

More than 1100 scientists and researchers converge on Vancouver, B.C. this week to attend the 2016 Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference. The conference runs from April 13-15 and will include a combined 600 presentations and posters. It's the region's largest gathering on the state of the ecosystem, and we'll distil some of the best of it in our Salish Sea Currents series. 

Salish Sea Currents

Timely, local stories about ecosystem recovery. Our magazine brings you in-depth reporting on some of the key issues facing Puget Sound. 

Draft environmental review for proposed Longview coal export terminal set for late April release

Cowlitz County and the Washington Department of Ecology plan to release a draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Millennium Bulk Terminals – Longview coal export terminal on April 29, 2016, under the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA).
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Washington to enhance oil transportation safety

Two new rules aimed at enhancing the safety of transporting oil through the state are open for comment through the Washington Department of Ecology.
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The sound of clean water

It's easy to forget that when we talk about Puget Sound, we don't just mean the salty areas. Puget Sound is the sum of the water that flows into it. The cleaner the land and its thousands of streams and wetlands, the cleaner the Sound. It's that simple.

Environmental cleanup proposed for Green Lake site

Cleanup work could be begin as soon as this spring on a contaminated site near Green Lake in Seattle under a proposed legal agreement between the Washington Department of Ecology and the property owner.

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More time to comment on Okanogan shoreline plan

Citizens in Okanogan County have an additional 30 days to comment on the plan for how to manage shorelines within the county.

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