Puget Sound

Puget Sound Tidal Energy
6:27 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Feds Give OK To Tidal Energy Project In Puget Sound

The waters off of Whidbey Island in the Puget Sound will be home to the future tidal energy project.
Credit Ricardo Martin

Puget Sound tides may soon be generating power.  A proposal for the world’s first tidal energy project that’s connected to the grid received a federal license Thursday.

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Puget Sound Water Quality
7:40 am
Fri November 1, 2013

Puget Sound Still In "Critical Condition"

Puget Sound just got the results back from its annual check up…and they’re not good. A new report from the Puget Sound Partnership labels the Sound as still in “crisis” but says some small progress has been made.

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Puget Sound
4:11 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

Puget Sound Gets Troubling Report Card On Sediment Contamination

Samples were collected at sites from Tacoma up to the Southern tip of Whidbey Island.
Credit Iwanafish / Wikimedia Commons

Studying the muck at the bottom of Puget Sound is an excellent way to tell how healthy the Sound is. The Department of Ecology took samples from around Puget Sound back in 1998 and then compared them with samples taken from the same area ten years later. And now the results are in.

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Giant Octopus
6:51 am
Tue April 16, 2013

New Protections Proposed For Giant Pacific Octopus in Puget Sound

A giant Pacific octopus on display at the Seattle Aquarium. The species' population is considered healthy in Puget Sound. Public outcry over legal octopus hunting near Seattle's Alki Beach has prompted possible restrictions.
Credit canopic / Flickr

Host Intro: The harvesting of a giant Pacific octopus near Alki Beach in Seattle last October prompted a public outcry. Now the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is considering new protections for octopuses. Ashley Ahearn reports for EarthFix.

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Tidal Power
6:54 am
Tue January 29, 2013

Tidal Power Project In Puget Sound One Step Closer To Approval

A proposal to generate power from Puget Sound tides moved one step closer to approval with the release of a new government review. Ashley Ahearn reports for EarthFix.

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Seal Sitters
7:01 am
Wed January 9, 2013

Seal Sitters Ask Beach-Goers To Share The Shore

This young seal pup named Lucy was so thin and sickly looking that she was nearly taken in to a rehab center.
Credit Photo by Katie Campbell / EarthFix

It's common for people strolling the beaches of Puget Sound to encounter a gray lump that turns out to be a seal pup. It's also common for well-meaning people to want to shoo them back into the water -- but this can do more to harass than help. A band of volunteers is making sure that doesn’t happen. Reporting for EarthFix, Katie Campbell explains.

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Oil Trains In Northwest
6:09 am
Wed December 5, 2012

Oil Trains On The Rise In The Northwest

Photo of an oil train in Nenana, Alaska.
Credit Photo Credit: Carl Chapman/Wikimedia Commons

Regulators in the region are weighing the potential impacts of trains full of coal moving along the Columbia River and the shores of Puget Sound. Meanwhile, trains full of Oil are quietly on the rise.

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Northwest Shellfish
6:33 am
Wed November 28, 2012

Ocean Acidification Takes Toll On Northwest Shellfish

Oyster's being harvested.
Credit Photo Credit: Peter Gugerell/Wikimedia Commons

Governor Chris Gregoire has just released a long awaited report on ocean acidification.

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Pudget Sound Pollution
6:22 am
Wed October 31, 2012

Puget Sound Ports Curb Emissions

Photo of a Washington State ferry in the Puget Sound.
Credit Photo Credit: Joe Mabel/Wikimedia Commons

Air pollution from the major shipping ports in Puget Sound has decreased, according to a new report released Tuesday.

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Washington Governor Strategy
6:22 am
Wed October 24, 2012

Even With No Electoral College, Statewide Races Have Math To Victory

Photo of Washington State Seal.
Photo Credit: U.S. Government/Wikimedia Commons

In the presidential race, we hear a lot about the electoral map and the math to winning the presidency. It’s all about swing states like Ohio and Florida. At the state level, there’s no electoral college. The candidate with the most votes wins. But there’s still a formula for victory.

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