Puget Sound Partnership releases State of the Sound 2015 Report

The Puget Sound Partnership today has released the 2015 State of the Sound report, which indicates that while the Puget Sound recovery community is making progress in effectively restoring habitat, measures for Chinook salmon, Southern Resident Killer Whales, herring, and other native species show a decline, and local improvements in water quality still don’t add up to improvements at the regional scale. Upon hearing the news, Washington State Director of The Nature Conservancy made the following statement:

While the results for the Vital Signs are mixed and a clear indication that we have work to do for a healthy Puget Sound, there are signals for hope for Washington’s families and businesses. The success in habitat restoration shows that when we concentrate investment and bring partners together we can make progress. Fortunately there is new movement by Representatives Denny Heck and Derek Kilmer to focus and amplify federal resources towards Puget Sound recovery with the introduction of the PUGET “Save Our Sound” bill. We encourage the people of Washington to join us in calling for stepped-up investments in the long term recovery of this national treasure.
— Mike Stevens, Washington State Director, The Nature Conservancy