Event Title

Stormwater Pollution: Overcoming Water Quality Challenges and Creating Healthier Ecosystems

Presentation Abstract

Samish cultural beliefs are deeply intertwined with the environment and as a result they have a desire to sustain healthy ecosystems. As stewards of the land, the Samish people have an inherent respect of natural systems. This is demonstrated by their continued efforts to share their knowledge, perspective, and passion for the land through their Department of Natural Resources. Located within traditional Samish territory, Fidalgo Bay Aquatic Reserve has been identified as an area of concern within the Salish Seas. Historically, this region was important for foraging as well as spiritual solace for Coast Salish tribes. Urbanization and land use have degraded water quality, caused habitat loss, and increased competition for diminishing resources. Guided by traditional cultural values the Samish Department of Natural Resources is working to enhance the water quality of the bay through its extensive storm water monitoring program. Drainages of concern have been identified along with the locations of non-point source pollution entering the bay. The Samish Indian Nation is working in collaboration with Local, State, and Federal Governments, landowners, and Non-Governmental Organizations to improve water quality issues with an emphasis on public involvement and outreach. Currently, the Samish Indian Nation is interested in expanding its efforts by using the data trends to guide the implementation of innovative and sustainable solutions in future efforts to reduce environmental impacts of storm water runoff.

Session Title

Session S-08B: Stormwater Quality, Impacts, Treatment Solutions

Conference Track

Stormwater

Conference Name

Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference (2014 : Seattle, Wash.)

Document Type

Event

Start Date

1-5-2014 5:00 PM

End Date

1-5-2014 6:30 PM

Location

Room 6C

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Language

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May 1st, 5:00 PM May 1st, 6:30 PM

Stormwater Pollution: Overcoming Water Quality Challenges and Creating Healthier Ecosystems

Room 6C

Samish cultural beliefs are deeply intertwined with the environment and as a result they have a desire to sustain healthy ecosystems. As stewards of the land, the Samish people have an inherent respect of natural systems. This is demonstrated by their continued efforts to share their knowledge, perspective, and passion for the land through their Department of Natural Resources. Located within traditional Samish territory, Fidalgo Bay Aquatic Reserve has been identified as an area of concern within the Salish Seas. Historically, this region was important for foraging as well as spiritual solace for Coast Salish tribes. Urbanization and land use have degraded water quality, caused habitat loss, and increased competition for diminishing resources. Guided by traditional cultural values the Samish Department of Natural Resources is working to enhance the water quality of the bay through its extensive storm water monitoring program. Drainages of concern have been identified along with the locations of non-point source pollution entering the bay. The Samish Indian Nation is working in collaboration with Local, State, and Federal Governments, landowners, and Non-Governmental Organizations to improve water quality issues with an emphasis on public involvement and outreach. Currently, the Samish Indian Nation is interested in expanding its efforts by using the data trends to guide the implementation of innovative and sustainable solutions in future efforts to reduce environmental impacts of storm water runoff.