SOUND SALMON SOLUTIONS
Imagine a river brimming with abundant wild salmon stocks. Imagine healthy, clean streams for our children to explore and play in. Imagine robust riparian forests full of fecundity. Twenty-five years ago a group of dedicated volunteers set out to make such a vision a reality. The founders of Sound Salmon Solutions rallied around a mission that engages in community-based salmon recovery as part of a larger response to Endangered Species Act listings of local Chinook and Coho salmon stocks. In addition to habitat restoration projects, educating the public on wetland ecology and the importance of stewardship was also deemed key to ensuring the future of salmon in the Stillaguamish, Snohomish and Island County watersheds.
Over the years the work has progressed and evolved. With the help of hundreds of smiling volunteers and students of all ages, our organization has made significant progress towards realizing the founders’ vision. Some of the accomplishments include: nearly a million fish released in local waters, numerous fish passage projects that opened miles of habitat, over 40 miles of river restored (including placement of large woody debris to increase habitat complexity), over 175 acres planted with more than 150,000 native trees and shrubs, thousands of carcasses distributed (returning ocean-based nutrients to local ecosystems), and over 15,000 students have learned about the salmon life-cycle through hands-on lessons and field trips that include service projects.
If you have been or are currently a supporter, a volunteer or a student in one of our programs, we would like to hear from you. Please take a few minutes to visit our website (www.soundsalmonsolutions.org) to complete our survey. We are interested in knowing what motivated you to be involved with our organization. To commemorate our 25th anniversary you can participate in our Give 5 in 2015 campaign by making a $5 donation, volunteering five hours one Saturday or sharing with five friends who we are and what we do. The success of our next 25 years requires a new generation of supporters, volunteers and students. Can we count on you to be one of them?
Executive Director, Sound Salmon Solutions
Thank you for the article “Abandoned Bunnies are an Easter Epidemic” in the March 30 edition. The article was a much needed public service.
I have lived with rabbits for over two decades, and while they can be wonderful companions they are not for everyone. Witness that our last five rabbits have all come from rescues or shelters (one all-white bunny had been abandoned at Green Lake — go figure). Whereas in our home rabbits are not caged, are protected from danger and with proper vet care live for about 10 years. It is important for prospective pet owners, regardless of the species, to be reminded that pet ownership is a life-long promise, and “life-long” is the natural life span of the pet, not the attention span of the owner. If you really want a live rabbit, after Easter is a great time to visit the local pet shelters and adopt one of their many rabbits. Pet shelters want a long-term animal-human success story and will help you decide if a rabbit is a good fit in your household, and they are also a great resource for learning proper pet care.
In the meantime, the chocolate bunny might be best.
CONFLICT OF INTEREST
Bothell Mayor Freed opposed OneBothell’s repeated requests for cooperation and assistance in preserving the whole of the Wayne Golf Course open land (both front and back 9). Mayor Freed’s obstruction and opposition are visible on the February 10, 2015 Bothell City Council meeting available on YouTube.
During the February 10 City Council meeting, One Bothell (James McNeal) presented its vision for a public regional park and asked for city participation and support during a February 13 meeting in Olympia with state Senator McAuliffe, Representative Stanford and Representative Moscoso. Mayor Freed would not send a Bothell city representative. Council members Samberg and Rheaume also requested that the City Council and/or city manager send a Bothell representative to the Olympia meeting along with OneBothell. In each case Mayor Freed argued about the request and finally adjourned the meeting without satisfying any of the requests.
Bothell Councilmember Rheaume volunteered to attend and did attend the February 13 meeting despite the mayor’s opposition. During that meeting Mayor Freed and City Councilmember Lamb participated by telephone. Their participation was opposition and obstruction. According to OneBothell.org, “Each (of the callers) voiced their concern that the interests of the community (as represented by OneBothell) might end up above the interests of the owners of developable land.” Several attendees characterized the mayor’s disruptive participation as a filibuster.
Why would the mayor of Bothell oppose and obstruct a civic organization dedicated to creating regional parkland for Bothell and the surrounding area?
And then the mayor revealed in his March 4 letter to the Bothell City Council that he and others had acquired the rights to the back 9 area of the Wayne Golf Course for private development.
Do the mayor’s actions opposing and obstructing OneBothell in February prior to his announcement of his purchase of the back 9 but after his purchase of the property constitute an illegal or unethical conflict of interest? Perhaps neither, but his actions certainly are counter to the public interest.