Thanks to SuperFund and the Natural Resources Damage Assessment process, sites along Tacoma’s highly polluted Commencement Bay have been transformed from one of the most polluted spots in the country to one of the brightest spots of hope for environmental restoration. Now it is a national model for recovery; where restored habitats support critical populations of birds and fish alongside once heavily-polluted industrial areas. Vigilance is needed to keep these areas from becoming polluted again, and also to keep habitats around the bay on a positive trajectory to keep supporting key wildlife populations and improving water quality. Partner organizations (and fund grantees such as Citizens for a Healthy Bay and Earth Ministries) mobilize residents to keep industries from further polluting the bay and tidelands around it. EarthCorps’ role is to steadily improve the pockets of natural areas that propel the recovery and survival of plants and animals that once thrived here.
The Commencement Bay Trustees including NOAA, US Fish & Wildlife Service, Washington State Department of Ecology, the Puyallup Tribe, and the Muckleshoot Tribe have worked diligently since 1998 to restore over 300 acres of habitat throughout the Puyallup River Watershed. Much of the habitat in the lower portion of the watershed has been injured by more than 100 years of pollution.
The Trustees developed the Commencement Bay Stewardship Collaborative (CBSC) to ensure that the habitat they created and the salmon and birds that depend on these habitats can grow and thrive.
The Trustees entrusted the long-term stewardship of these habitat sites to EarthCorps. The intent is for the Trustees and EarthCorps to ensure that these restoration sites continue to provide a healthy home for salmon and birds for future generations. We seek your funding so that we can continue to provide a high level of service at these sites over the coming year, while adjusting to higher costs.