Friday, July 9, 2010

Around the Sound: A stranded whale and more recent news items ...

By Seth Preston, Communications Manager, Toxics Cleanup Program

Here’s a roundup of some recent news items related to Puget Sound:
  • KOMO-TV has the latest on a stranded whale. For background information, see the Everett Herald’s story on how neighbors jumped in – literally – to help the whale when they saw it was stranded Thursday.

  • Chris Dunagan at the Kitsap Sun offers this look at the sticky legal issue of whether or not beach walkers can cross private tidelands around the Sound.

  • The Olympian’s John Dodge reports on Ecology’s cleanup efforts focusing on the East Bay area of Budd Inlet. Here’s more information on our Budd Inlet work under the Puget Sound Initiative.

  • The Skagit Valley Herald has this blurb about the closing of local beaches for shellfish harvesting. To learn more about such closures for Puget Sound, check out this Department of Health webpage.

  • Finally, here's something a little different – the Bellingham Herald reports on a public gathering for the candidates seeking to become the Port of Bellingham’s new executive director. Ecology and the port (along with the City of Bellingham) are working on a number of major cleanup sites along the Bellingham Bay waterfront.

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