The Suquamish tribe is based on a reservation just west of Seattle. The tribe holds fishing and shellfish harvesting rights to stretches of the Puget Sound, a 100 mile-long estuary that extends from Olympia, Washington, to the border with Canada.
But these waters are in danger. Many experts say that storm-water, the toxic mix of dirt and contaminants that rain picks up as it flows across city streets, has never been sufficiently regulated under the Clean Water Act. And as the population of the Seattle area has boomed, storm-water has become the number one source of toxins in the Puget Sound. Read Madeline Ostrander’s piece to learn more about this little-known problem and how you can help, at TheNation.com/Stormwater