1Puget Sound is home to 59 populations of Chinook salmon, steelhead, and bull trout, all of which are listed under the Endangered Species Act, most of which continue to decline.
2Our greatest challenge is balancing the needs of the more than 4 million people living in the Puget Sound region while also protecting critical salmon habitat.
3While always learning, we know what needs to be done to recover our salmon as well as ensure a thriving and sustainable Puget Sound environment. The investment so far has been a fraction of what is needed to reach recovery goals.
Among the largest estuaries in the United States, Puget Sound is deep and vast, a complex ecosystem encompassing mountains, farmlands, cities, rivers, forests, and wetlands. Humans have long relied on the Puget Sound watershed for healthy food and clean water and the other services an intact ecosystem provides, like reducing the impact of droughts and floods. Puget Sound supports a large part of our state’s economy and provides vital recreational, spiritual, and other benefits essential to quality of life. But Puget Sound is in trouble. Stormwater pollution and habitat destruction continue to degrade the ecosystem, threatening the well-being of the ecosystem and the humans that occupy it. Restoring self-sustaining, harvestable salmon runs to the region protects humans as well as fish, and honors tribal treaty rights.