Good news! The Washington State Board of Health is moving forward to establish drinking water standards for cancer-causing PFAS chemicals. This is an important step to protect the health of residents from these toxic chemicals. Thank you to everyone who raised their voice to ask for strong standards! You were heard! Continue reading
As communities across Washington state face drinking water contaminated with cancer-causing PFAS chemicals, our campaign to win strong drinking water standards for these chemicals is approaching a critical deadline. We need your help!
Drinking water should not make us sick. Yet thousands of Washingtonians’ drinking water is contaminated with toxic non-stick PFAS chemicals, and many residents have been forced to drink bottled water. Continue reading
I just spent the weekend with my family shrimping on Puget Sound. It was fantastic! We caught lots of shrimp to eat (yum!) and saw plenty of wildlife, including orcas. It was particularly special that I was able to share this with my family visiting from Florida.
Those of us lucky enough to consider ourselves residents of the Puget Sound region rely on the Sound for its exceptional beauty, for recreation of many kinds, and for our economy. But besides the human residents, the fish and wildlife that call Puget Sound home rely on it for clean water and safe food.
Several years ago, I was lucky enough to go on a sail in Elliott Bay with Salish Sea Expeditions. Continue reading
Oil spilled into waterways and our communities, dangerous explosions and fire, and toxic smoke spewed into the air for miles are just a few of the reasons to stop transporting oil by train. Here’s another reason: even the fire response requires the use of dangerous chemicals that can contaminate our communities for decades. Continue reading
Scientists unveiled some exciting news at the 2016 Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference in Vancouver, BC. Several species of wildlife in Puget Sound – harbor seals, Pacific herring, and English sole – show decreasing levels of toxic flame retardant PBDEs in their bodies. Continue reading
Toxic flame retardants in your couch and TV aren’t only bad for your health, these chemicals may also be making salmon sick—that’s what northwest researchers found out in two new studies. Continue reading
Editor’s Note: This is part two of a two-part series, A Non-Sticky Situation, that examines perfluorinated compounds or “Teflon chemicals,” in Puget Sound. Part one looked at why the characteristics of Teflon chemicals make them problematic for the fish and wildlife of Puget Sound. It is part of a series of posts delving into some of the the chemical pollutants that have contaminated Puget Sound’s fish and wildlife and pose one of the greatest threats to their survival. Continue reading