STORIES FROM THE PEOPLE PROTECTING AND RECOVERING PUGET SOUND

Headshot photo of Laura Bradstreet, executive director of the Puget Sound Partnership.

Dear partners,

This year marks the tenth edition of Puget Sound Day on the Hill, the annual event organized by the Partnership and Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission. For Puget Sound Day on the Hill, representatives from Tribes, state agencies, local governments, nonprofits, and businesses, along with concerned residents, travel to Washington, D.C., to lend their voices in support of action to save Puget Sound and uphold Tribal treaty rights.

Thanks to our congressional delegation, our federal partners, and the many advocates for Puget Sound and salmon recovery who attend Puget Sound Day on the Hill, we’ve made progress on major policy and funding goals, most recently with the passage of the PUGET SOS Act, increased funding for the National Estuary Program and Puget Sound Geographic Program, and transformative federal investment in recovery, climate change resilience, and environmental justice through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) and the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA).

Partners throughout the region are putting BIL and IRA funding to smart use—often finding alignment with other partners to collaborate on innovative, large-scale projects that restore habitat, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve quality of life for residents, and address infrastructure needs.

This issue of Making Waves highlights how partners are working together and using this funding wisely to complete big projects that benefit the whole Puget Sound ecosystem.

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The shore of a cobbled beach.
Q2 Issue 2024
Ian McCabe

Shore Friendly is sending ripples throughout the region

Shore Friendly is a voluntary program that helps private landowners of marine shorelines in Puget Sound reduce shoreline armoring and restore shoreline habitat around the Sound. The program aids landowners in managing their property while also restoring natural beach habitat.

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Aerial photo of a river with salmon swimming in it.
Q2 Issue 2024
kevin hyde

Resilient floodplains for people and salmon

Salmon recovery partners throughout the state—including Tribes, local governments, and nonprofits—have seen their projects delayed or cancelled due to impacts from a change in the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) no-rise policy. The no-rise policy now mandates costly analyses for salmon habitat restoration projects. Partners are seeking to work with FEMA to change the policy so that it’s more flexible for restoration activities.

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Aerial photo of the Dickman Mill site in Tacoma, WA. The photo shows the group of creosote-soaked pilings in the water near the site, and a boat floating in the water off to the righthand side of the photo.
Q2 Issue 2024
kevin hyde

Doubling down on restoration

The Salish Sea Nearshore Programmatic is a regulatory tool that helps proponents of on- or over-water construction projects balance out the ecological impacts of construction with equivalent ecological offsets. Project proponents can offset these impacts by purchasing conservation credits from the Partnership’s Nearshore Credits Program, which helps fund restoration throughout the region.

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