Executive Director Letter

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.

Our new video showcases some examples of this type of collaboration. Tribes, local governments, state agencies, and nonprofits are working together to plan and complete infrastructure improvements that contribute to Puget Sound ecosystem and salmon recovery. This relationship between the recovery and transportation sectors creates Sound Safe Infrastructure, which produces better outcomes for people, salmon, and the environment.

This issue of Making Waves includes articles about other exciting initiatives and partnerships that are driving recovery and providing multiple benefits for communities and wildlife:

Each Puget Sound Day on the Hill event is a chance for partners to come together to work on challenging problems—to find shared goals, have tough conversations, and formulate bold ideas. Puget Sound Day on the Hill is also a chance for us all to take a moment to reflect: to recognize and celebrate what the recovery community has accomplished, and to be grateful for our partners’ commitment to the long-term vision of a healthy and resilient Puget Sound.


Laura Bradstreet

Executive Director,
Puget Sound Partnership