"the mountain and the sea are excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more than we can ever learn from books." -john lubbock
Meet Our Team
The Salish Sea School is committed to cultivating and preserving a culture of diversity, inclusion, and connectedness. We are able to grow and learn better together with a diverse team. We welcome the unique contributions that one can bring in terms of their education, opinions, culture, ethnicity, race, sex, gender identity and expression, nation of origin, age, languages spoken, veteran’s status, color, religion, disability, sexual orientation and beliefs.
We are stronger together with the collective sum of individual differences, life experiences, knowledge, innovation, self-expression, and talent which ultimately brings about a healthier planet.
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Did you know...
The Salish Sea School is studying the types and amounts of contaminants flowing out of local outfalls directly into the Salish Sea.
We are sampling for:
Heavy Metals (Copper, Zinc, and Lead)
Diesel and Heavy Oils in Water
Total Suspended Solids (TSSS)
Example site below: The Anacortes Ferry terminal outfall we are testing can be seen circled in red, below. The other outfalls we are testing (in partnership with Friends of Skagit Beaches) are seen designated by the yellow arrows in the second image.
Local students also helped to create the outreach brochure seen below. This will be passed out to students/families at local high schools and in their communities. This brochure will inform families how they can help reduce the contaminants entering stormwater at their homes. Good work Alan and Aracely!
This project is funded through a Public Participation Grant from the Washington State Department of Ecology. The content was reviewed for grant consistency but is not necessarily endorsed by the agency.
What is stormwater?
Water following a rain or snow storm that does not sink into the ground.
What pollutants are found in stormwater?
A few of the pollutants that are found in stormwater include:
Nitrogen and phosphorus
A recent study done by the University of Washington discovered a very toxic chemical (6-PPD) found in tires. Learn more here: Where the rubber meets the road
Learn more about stormwater mangement below:
Rain Garden Handbook for Western Washington
Phenomenal timelapse of a project
Swale on Yale info:
City of Anacortes Stormwater website
Anacortes Stormwater Useful Links
Toxic Free Future