Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Around the Sound: Derelict vessels, baby orcas and more ...

By Seth Preston, Communications Manager, Toxics Cleanup Program

The Journal of the San Juans takes a look at a bit of a conundrum that has surfaced for the state’s program that helps to remove derelict vessels from state waters. Ecology occasionally makes use of the program to get rid of vessels that pose threats to the environment and people.

* This Seattle Times piece captures the optimism among whale researchers sparked by the recent births of five orca calves, which have been spotted in the San Juans and Puget Sound.

* Here’s an article from the Western Front, the student newspaper at Western Washington University. The article focuses on some WWU students who are learning about environmental cleanup by working on the former Scott paper mill site in Anacortes. (An earlier Around the Sound post mentioned this.) The Scott site is, to date, the largest single cleanup site in process that Ecology is tackling under the state’s Puget Sound Initiative.

* Finally, in case you haven’t seen it, here’s the web portal for the “Puget Sound Starts Here” education effort. It’s an effort by many agencies in Washington aimed at improving water quality in Puget Sound and other water bodies.

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