The Olympia Coalition for Ecosystems Preservation is sponsoring a conversation and presentation with the Deschutes Estuary Restoration team.
The Deschutes Estuary is a major ecosystem in the South Puget Sound region. Historically, the Estuary spanned the Puget Sound shoreline for nearly 2000 feet, and flowed into what today is Budd Inlet. For centuries, Native American Tribes have utilized the Estuary’s natural resources. The Deschutes River begins in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest and flows fifty miles through rainforests, prairies, and the Puget Lowlands to South Puget Sound. Its waters are a major juvenile salmon nursery for the Sound. Climate change represents a major threat to the shoreline-riparian corridor.
As water quality continues to decline throughout Puget Sound, further threatening the services provided by this sensitive, yet vital, ecosystem, the time to generate forward-looking, responsible policy is now. Ecosystem management of the Deschutes Estuary will provide a model for other urban estuaries throughout the Puget Sound.
Together we lead the way.
In Olympia: March 22nd 6-8PM at the Woman's Club of Olympia (1002 Washington St. SE, Olympia 98501)
In Tumwater: Thursday March 30th 6-8PM at the Capitol Event Center (6005 Tyee Dr. SW, Tumwater 98512).
See details below.