Port Susan cleanup a victory for treaty rights

While not directly related to the Peninsula, this article brings up many issues we face as we move forward in partnership with the tribes to restore the Sound, Straits and Canal. And it shows that with cooperation, and dedication, we can actually make progress. A worth quick read.


6/6 Bellingham Herald Guest Editorial
Port Susan cleanup a victory for treaty rights
Our treaties with the U.S. government were supposed to guarantee that we Indians could continue to fish, gather shellfish and hunt as we always have. But sometimes, development and pollution deprive us of those rights.
Take Port Susan, a protected bay where the Stillaguamish River meets Puget Sound. Traditionally, the Stillaguamish and Tulalip tribes harvested shellfish there. These days, the bay is surrounded by dairy farms, a heavily developed community called Warm Beach and three wastewater treatment plants. In 1987, the state Department of Health closed the area to shellfish harvest because of fecal coliform pollution. That’s the stuff that’s found in human and animal waste.
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