Sustainability is about ecology, economy and equity.- Ralph Bicknese

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Harbor Porpoises Return to Puget Sound

porpoisesSound the seashell trumpets! As reported by the Seattle Times (in a great article worth checking out), Harbor Porpoises are once again populating the Puget Sound in numbers after a decades-long absence. Last common in the 40’s and 50’s, possible reasons for their disappearance include industrial pollution, vessel noise, and entanglement in gill nets, which researchers say might have driven the porpoises further north. But it now appears that these troublesome conditions have reduced enough for them to return, and they’ve become a common sight once again. This is something of an environmental victory for the city, giving cause to deem Seattle’s pollution cleanup efforts effective. Continue reading