Friday, June 01, 2007

New effort to restore Puget Sound, MudUp!

I attended a meeting last night where Kathy Fletcher of People for Puget Sound explained the new Puget Sound Partnership formed by our Governor and legislature.

And she mentioned an exciting new campaign that went live yesterday, MudUp Check it out, and get dirty for Puget Sound. You can do it even if you don't live here, we're going to need all the help we can get.

I'm optimistic that this new effort will actually learn from past mistakes and make good progress on the big issues facing us, like shoreline protection, non-point source runoff, sewage systems and leaky septic tanks, etc. Will it make headway on our transportation system? That's a real weak point for Seattle and the Puget Sound area, so we'll have to wait and see. Or...better yet...get active and help push that boulder uphill.

Thanks to Kathy, People for Puget Sound, Governor Gregoire, State Senator Rockefeller, and the countless others involved.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The new initiative is welcome and the five priority issues identified are all worthy of attention. However, the new initative does not appear to address or even recognize the role that living marine resource extraction has and continues to play in the deterioration of Puget Sound. Meaningful restoration of Puget Sound will require recognition that removal of the living things that belong in Puget Sound is at least as important to its destruction as the introduction of things that do not belong there. It is not enough to understand that the living marine resources need healthy habitats. It must also be understood that healthy habitats require healthy living marine resources. Successful restoration of Puget Sound requires that the extraction of living marine resources be addressed, as well as pollution, etc. Restoration of the Sound will not succeed unless such a true ecosystem approach is taken.