Climate change threatens not only the environment, but also tribal communities whose culture, livelihood and identities depend on natural resources.
“Current climate change assessments omit key community health concerns, which are vital to successful adaptation plans, particularly for indigenous communities,” said Jamie Donatuto, environmental health specialist for the Swinomish Tribe.
“Recent assessments show that indigenous communities, especially coastal communities, are disproportionately vulnerable to a number of climate impacts as reservation boundaries are fixed and many aspects of their culture are so closely tied to coastal health” said Eric Grossman, coastal and marine geologist with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and partner in the project.
The Squaxin Island Tribe is collecting year-round temperature data on dozens of streams in deep South Sound.
“Salmon need clean, cold water in order to thrive in streams” said Erica Marbet, water resources biologist for the tribe. Using instream temperature monitors, or thermographs, the tribe has been monitoring temperatures …Continue »
Gov. Jay Inslee wants to change the cancer risk rate used to set state water quality standards from one in one million to one in 100,000. That is unacceptable to the treaty Indian tribes in western Washington. We refuse to accept this tenfold increase in the risk of getting cancer from known cancer-causing toxins, and you should, too.
The cancer risk rate, along with the fish …Continue »
A great oped by the Port Orchard Independent takes a straight shot at the sometimes rose colored glasses assessment of salmon recovery:
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According to the report, rivers and streams being assessed by monitoring stations have stable or increasing flows. That’s good — having enough water in rivers and streams is important for keeping the water cool enough for salmon to thrive. But shoreline armoring, through bulkheads