The State of the Sound is a report released by the Puget Sound Partnership every two years highlighting key challenges with ecosystem health in the Puget Sound and the collective action needed to restore and improve resiliency to climate impacts.
Cascadia worked closely with the Partnership and its recovery partners to highlight the collaborative work being done for Puget Sound recovery in a new chapter of the State of the Sound, the Accomplishments chapter. We had the opportunity to review many of the amazing projects taking place in the Puget Sound, facilitate discussion around criteria for inclusion in the report, and support decision-making to develop a comprehensive and inclusive chapter that celebrates the amazing work recovery partners are doing and is aligned with the Partnership’s strategic focus on environmental justice, impact, and innovation.
The Accomplishments section of this report showcases some of the successful projects and efforts by the Puget Sound recovery partners in the areas of restoration, science and policy, and management practices including:
- Dungeness River Floodplain: A large-scale project to reconnect the Dungeness River with its historic floodplain to improve habitat conditions, restore riverine processes, reduce flood risk, and improve fish habitat.
- Enhancing the Human Wellbeing Vital Signs: A project to develop and refine indicators of human wellbeing related to Puget Sound recovery through inclusive engagement with diverse communities.
- Quiet Sound Large Vessel Slowdown: A voluntary initiative to reduce underwater noise from large vessels in the Haro Strait and Boundary Pass to benefit Southern Resident orcas.
- Transboundary Sea Duck Management: A collaborative effort between the U.S. and Canada to monitor and conserve sea duck populations that depend on the Salish Sea ecosystem.
We’re excited to be able to highlight this important work. Supporting impactful, innovative, equitable projects is key to ecosystem recovery in the Puget Sound.