KGMI News Reporting
By Mike Curtiss
BELLINGHAM, Wash. – A new report shows mixed results for the environmental health of the Salish Sea, including Puget Sound and Bellingham Bay.
The 2013 “Health of the Salish Sea Ecosystem” report, issued by the U.S. EPA and Environment Canada, shows that freshwater quality is improving, but marine water quality and summer stream flows are on the decline.
Tracy Collier with the Puget Sound Partnership says collaboration between the U.S. and Canada is needed to ensure that the Salish Sea stays healthy.
Collier says reduced stream flows and dropping marine water quality could be the result of climate change and global warming.
He says the report shows that a lot of work needs to be done to protect the sea.
The 2013 report shows improved air quality and fewer persistent toxic chemicals in the aquatic food chain.
However, Chinook salmon and other marine species are on the decline.