City Light Biologist Co-Authors Baseline Report for Steelhead Recovery Effort

Steelhead – photo by Oregon State University

The National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) published a report on the historic populations of steelhead in the Puget Sound co-authored by Ed Connor, a senior fish biologist at City Light.

Ed Connor

The report identifies and describes fish based on genetics, life history, and geographical, hydrological and habitat characteristics. It will be used to develop a steelhead recovery plan for Puget Sound, which is expected in 2018.

Two of the most important steelhead populations in this region are downstream of City Light’s Skagit and Tolt hydroelectric projects, which generate about 21 percent of the electricity City Light delivers to its customers.

June is Orca Awareness Month

Governor Inslee signed a proclamation declaring June 2014 the 8th annual “Orca Awareness Month” to focus attention on orca and their habitat in our state. Orca Awareness Month encourages residents to “recommit our time, talents and treasure to work that ensures protection and growth of our orca population.” 

Here are some ways you can help:

  • Get involved – the Orca Awareness Month site has a list of organizations and events doing great work to learn more about orca and how to celebrate and protect them
  • Use natural lawn and yard care practices to reduce pesticide use and use smart watering techniques
  • Reduce pollution that enter drains leading to Puget Sound and other local waterways

And, in case you missed it, check out the “orca parade” caught on video in the San Juan islands on Wednesday. Amazing!



Be Part of The Big Picture for Puget Sound!

For Earth Day this year, the City of Seattle and our partners invite you to participate in The Big Thing, an easy and fun way to show your commitment to our planet and our region’s health on Earth Day.

Each of us has our own love and connection to Puget Sound – whether it be the creeks, lakes, rivers or forests. Our water is the lifeblood of the beautiful Puget Sound region, from the snowy peaks to the briny deep, and everything in between.

We know that our small and simple daily actions matter in the overall health of the Puget Sound region. From picking up dog poop to building rain gardens we show our commitment to our water.

By participating in The Big Thing on Earth Day (April 22) you can demonstrate how we are all connected to water in the Puget Sound. We can show how small and simple actions done by millions of people can save Puget Sound.

What is The Big Thing?

We’re building The Big Thing!

Take a photo of something you love about the Puget Sound region:

  • (a beautiful sunset, your favorite creek or trail, your dog playing outside), an activity you are doing, or selfie of yourself with a thumbs ups or a heart (your hands making a heart).
  • You can take this photo and send it any day from now through the end of the day on Earth Day (April 22).
  • Use Instagram* to send your photo via hashtag:  #mypuget

On Earth Day your image will be part of The Big Thing!

  • We will combine all the contributed photos and mosaic them into a huge animal. What kind of an animal? It’s a secret and you will have to check online on Earth Day to see which iconic animal is being created!
  • This huge animal will be shared at “The Big Thing for Puget Sound” Digital Puget Sound and will be projected on walls in the lobbies of buildings in different locations around King County.

Not on Instragram? Here’s a guide to getting started.