Treaty Rights and the Kinder Morgan Pipeline

Coast Salish Food Sovereignty

Orca Health and Status

Knowing, Connecting and Protecting the Salish Sea

Knowing, Connecting and Protecting the Salish Sea

Saving an endangered species is hard. Saving an ecosystem is even harder - especially when so few people even know the name of the place you’re trying to save. As residents of the Salish Sea we have an obligation to take care of it. But that is no small task. It’s been undergoing human-caused changes for hundreds of years and the current factors threatening it are complex and interconnected. Gaydos, Chief Scientist for the SeaDoc Society, will talk about what makes the Salish Sea so amazing, and what we can do to address some of the largest issues hindering recovery. 

WWU's Salish Sea Institute

The mission of the Salish Sea Institute is to foster responsible stewardship of the Salish Sea, inspiring and informing its protection for the benefit of current and future generations.

The Institute:

  • Promotes dialogue and partnerships among people, organizations and agencies throughout First Nations and tribal communities, Washington State, and British Columbia
  • Serves as the administrative home of the Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference
  • Hosts gatherings to cultivate collaborative governance and protection of the Salish Sea
  • Develops place-based curriculum, research and events for students to explore the environment, history and communities of the Salish Sea
  • Fosters a sense of place and raises awareness of the value of the Salish Sea and the issues that threaten its health

Huxley Speaker Series 10/6: WWU Alum Julie Hirsch on Salish Sea Stewardship

As part of the 2016-17 Huxley College of the Environment Speaker Series, Julie Hirsch from Hirsch Consulting Services will discuss community environmental education in the Salish Sea region at 4 p.m. on Thursday, October 6 in Miller Hall 138 on the Western Washington University campus. The presentation is free and open to the public.

Garden of the Salish Sea Curriculum (GSSC) is an innovative K-12 stewardship and community environmental education initiative created on Lummi Island in 2012. In her Speaker Series talk, Julie Hirsch will present Oystertopia: Stewards of the Salish Sea, a short film directed by Sam Giffin that documents a GSSC oyster planting carried out by Lummi Island students in June 2016. She will also offer a slide presentation that focuses on shellfish harvesting, ocean acidification and stewardship of the Salish Sea.

Julie is an environmental scientist with more than 25 years’ experience in... Read more

Huxley Speaker Series 5/24/18: Teizeen Mohamedali: Water Quality Modeling

Water Quality Modeling: Magic or Math?

Mathematical water quality modeling is used by the Washington State Department of Ecology (Ecology) to help understand how a water body responds to pollutant loadings, and run virtual ‘experiments’ on what can be done to improve water quality in water bodies around the State that do not meet Water Quality Standards. This talk will provide an overview of what water quality modeling is and share some modeling related challenges and insights related to an example application of the Salish Sea Model.

The Salish Sea Model was developed by Pacific Northwest National Laboratories (PNNL) in cooperation with Ecology. The model is being used by Ecology to evaluate the relative effects of human nutrient inputs on low dissolved oxygen and acidification levels throughout the Salish Sea, with a focus on evaluating water quality in Puget Sound. Model results so far indicate that nutrient loading from anthropogenic activities result in depletion of oxygen levels... Read more

Huxley Speaker Series 10/6: WWU Alum Julie Hirsch on Salish Sea Stewardship

As part of the 2016-17 Huxley College of the Environment Speaker Series, Julie Hirsch from Hirsch Consulting Services will discuss community environmental education in the Salish Sea region at 4 p.m. on Thursday, October 6 in Miller Hall 138 on the Western Washington University campus. The presentation is free and open to the public.

Garden of the Salish Sea Curriculum (GSSC) is an innovative K-12 stewardship and community environmental education initiative created on Lummi Island in 2012. In her Speaker Series talk, Julie Hirsch will present Oystertopia: Stewards of the Salish Sea, a short film directed by Sam Giffin that documents a GSSC oyster planting carried out by Lummi Island students in June 2016. She will also offer a slide presentation that focuses on shellfish harvesting, ocean acidification and stewardship of the Salish Sea.

Julie is an environmental scientist with more than 25 years’... Read more

Huxley Speaker Series 1/14: Lummi Chairman Timothy Ballew to speak at Inaugural Salish Sea Speaker Series

As part of the 2015-16 Huxley College of the Environment Speaker Series, Lummi Chairman Timothy Ballew, II, Lul-hal-mun, will speak at the inaugural Salish Sea Speaker series at 4 p.m. on Thursday, January 14 in Communications Facility 110 on the Western Washington University campus. The presentation is free and open to the public.

In his talk titled "Pulling Together in the Salish Sea," Chairman Ballew will discuss the pressing ecological and social issues facing the Salish Sea and discuss how the Lummi Nation has been working towards building strong and resilient communities. Chairman Ballew is a regional and national leader in defending Treaty rights – and has been a powerful voice in protecting one of Lummi’s Sacred Sites, Xwe’chi’eXen (Cherry Point).  Chairman Ballew will discuss his role as a leader of the Lummi Nation, as... Read more