Puget Sound targets will stretch restoration efforts

by Tim Flanagan on June 23, 2011

Mark Yuasa has this story in the Seattle Times:

The coastal hatchery chinook salmon season kicked into high gear this week, viagra and some open areas of Puget Sound have ponied up some glory moments.

The salmon catch-and-release area of central Puget Sound, see north of the Meadow Point-Point Monroe line, here had a high number of kings showing up early.

"We released two adult kings (on Monday) and got five on Sunday, and it has been good for about a week now," said Keith Robbins, owner of A Spot Tail Salmon Guide in Seattle.

"All the kings were (11 or 12 pounds), and two weighed 18 and 19 pounds," he added. "The kings showed up earlier, (but) historically it isn’t a surprise to see them in June."

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JOSH FARLEY of the Kitsap Sun has this story in the Seattle Times:

Wash. — Local marine police officers perform a variety of responsibilities while patrolling the waters of Puget Sound; they perform safety checks, inspect vessels, investigate drunken boaters and more.

Add thwarting nuclear attacks to their repertoire.

On Tuesday, officers from Port Orchard and Bainbridge Island were trained at the Port Orchard Marina to use federally provided radiation-detection devices.

The idea is that should someone attempt the unthinkable act of smuggling some kind of radioactive weapon into Puget Sound, local police would have the potential of ferreting it out. Involving local authorities provides for a "layered defense" to potential terrorism, according to Bill Peterson, a retired Coast Guard captain who serves as manager of the federally funded project.

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Christopher Dunagan has this item in his Watching Our Water Ways blog at the Kitsap Sun:

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the Puget Sound Partnership completed work on its ecosystem targets, mind the first time in history that goals have been established for the restoration of Puget Sound. See the story I wrote for Saturday’s Kitsap Sun.


It has become clear over the past few years that people have different aspirations when it comes to Puget Sound. Some would like to put as much money as possible into restoration for as long as we possibly can. Even so, case
it would be impossible to come close to the natural conditions that existed here before the first loggers and fishermen arrived.

At the other end of the spectrum are those who believe restoration is a waste of time and money, that the best we can do is minimize problems as the population expands. Some even contend that property owners will do the right thing without government money, rules or goals. But that has not worked so well in the past.

As for the targets selected last week, the Puget Sound Leadership Council mostly deferred decisions about ultimate goals for the health of Puget Sound, choosing instead to set targets for the year 2020. The idea is to reverse the decline of the ecosystem wherever possible and establish a sharp trajectory for improvement.

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