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Piling on Puget Sound (Part 3): Comments against cumulative impacts

By • Oct 14th, 2011 • Category: NWIFC Blog, Perspectives

The treaty tribes in western Washington believe that the Corps’ streamlined nationwide permit system is making it too easy to damage and destroy important nearshore salmon habitat in western Washington. Here’s what Billy Frank, chairman of the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission, has to say on the topic:

The Corps is encouraging habitat degradation by streamlining the process to allow property owners to build the very same



Piling on Puget Sound (Part 2): Cumulative impacts and what we can do about them, but aren’t

By • Oct 13th, 2011 • Category: NWIFC Blog, Perspectives

It’s clear that the cumulative impacts of docks and bulkheads throughout Puget Sound are changing the character of our region, putting salmon and orca in peril and harming treaty-reserved harvest rights.

So why are these impacts allowed to continue?

A small change in how the federal government permits shoreline modifications could help turn the tide.

Shoreline modifications are often regulated by the U.S. Army Corps of …



Piling on Puget Sound (Part 1): Cumulative impacts and how they’re hurting natural resources and Treaty Rights

By • Oct 12th, 2011 • Category: NWIFC Blog, Perspectives

The cumulative effects of shoreline modifications – such as bulkheads, mooring buoys, boat ramps and docks – are among the most significant contributors to the loss and decline of salmon and their habitat in western Washington. They also threaten – and in some cases prevent – the ability of tribes to exercise their treaty-reserved fish and shellfish harvest rights.

The shores of Puget Sound bristle with …