WEEK 4 DQ 1
Identify a local environmental problem in your area.
Climate change, toxic contamination, eutrophication (low oxygen due to excess nutrients), and near shore habitat changes, have led to this Environmental issue, which has caused a decline in certain species, e.g., forage fish, salmonids, bottom fish, marine birds, harbor porpoise and orcas. What is the environmental-justice questions surrounding this problem? Should petitioning to add species to the Endangered Species Act (ESA), be implemented? Should Fishery practices and modifications be enacted?
How and to what extent should increase in recovery and management plans for many different area species, to restore population? Are recent improper storage methods for dangerous chemicals, such as arsenic, areas of soil and aquatic land in Puget Sound being managed under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), and have these steps improved? Why is environmental justice important to discussions of this problem? This is extremely important, due to the actions of certain businesses, and uncontrollable things like population increases, and effects of these occurrences on the ecosystem, requires the formation of a plan, and solution, and also a regulation to insure that the environment and the ecosystem are protected and restored. Puget Sound Partnership Reports that The Washington State Legislature included several priority items in the 2010 Supplemental Budget which are intended to support restorative efforts of the environment. This includes funding totaling $50 million for Washington State Department of Ecology storm water project funding. "Storm water is a primary source of toxic chemicals and other hazardous materials washing into Puget Sound and other water bodies”.  There is also $42 million allocated to projects targeting toxic site cleanup in the Puget Sound. Environmental issues in Puget Sound. (2013). Retrieved from...
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