It’s nothing short of amazing that the Wild Fish Conservancy folks have chosen our fishery as the source of their concerns.
Estimating toxics loadings to the Lake Washington Watershed
Kingcounty.gov – November 2, 2016
Fish containing polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) can pose a health risk to people who consume them. Lake Washington, the largest freshwater lake in King County, Washington, has fish with some of the highest concentrations of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) measured across the state. PCBs were historically used in commercial products and industry but their manufacture was banned in 1977. No one knows exactly where PCBs in Lake Washington fishes originate. This project is intended to help answer the following questions.
Boeing’s toxic PCBs ooze into Seattle’s Duwamish River
KUOW by John Ryan – May 2, 2018
Decades after they were banned, the toxic chemicals known as PCBs keep oozing into Seattle’s Duwamish River. Environmental groups say one Boeing facility in Tukwila is sending polychlorinated biphenyls into the river at levels thousands of times beyond the legal limit.
The Puyallup is the 2nd most polluted river in the Puget Sound area. Salmon runs at stake
The News Tribune by Kate Iida – September 21, 2019
The Puyallup is one of the most polluted rivers in the Puget Sound area, and the contaminants are hurting the river’s salmon.
List of Superfund sites in Washington (state)
Wikipedia – September 20, 2019
This is a list of Superfund sites in Washington State designated under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) environmental law. The CERCLA federal law of 1980 authorized the United States Environmental Protection Agency(EPA) to create a list of polluted locations requiring a long-term response to clean up hazardous material contaminations.
Are The Orcas Starving? Scientists Say It’s Not That Simple
Puget Sound Institute by Jeff Rice – August 9, 2019
As the population of southern resident killer whales continues to decline, media outlets around the world have reported that Puget Sound’s orcas are dying of starvation. “A pod of orcas is starving to death,” read The Guardian newspaper in London, as word went out last summer that a mother orca had carried her dead calf for a thousand miles. A headline in The New York Times reported, “Orcas of the Pacific Northwest Are Starving and Disappearing.”