Reporters: Want to interview a Tribal Skipper or scientist along the journey? Contact Jennifer La Vista. Follow the Tribal Journey's progress from the 2008 journey.
The Coast Salish Tribal Nation and U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) will paddle to study and help improve the Salish Sea environment during their second Tribal Journey together on July 20 – August 3.
Water quality conditions throughout these ancestral waters have been deteriorating for decades, causing population declines of some of the areas most valued species – salmon, orcas, and a number of sea birds.
This is the second year that canoes will tow USGS water quality probes along various routes throughout the Salish Sea, which includes Puget Sound and the Strait of Georgia. Last year, areas of poor water quality conditions were identified along the travel routes. This year’s journey will include additional activities to identify the extent and causes of impairments to water quality relating to changes in land use and climate. This information is crucial to make informed decisions about balancing the needs of coastal ecosystems and human livelihood.
USGS provides science for a changing world. For more information, visit www.usgs.gov.
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