FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Important Update from People For Puget SoundSep 11, 2012
FOR QUESTIONS, PLEASE CONTACT:
William E. Derry
(206) 382-7007, EXT. 222
For Immediate Release:
For more than two decades, People For Puget Sound has been the voice for Puget Sound. Our mission has been to lead and engage people to restore, protect, and respect Puget Sound and the Northwest Straits.
During that time, People For Puget Sound has been at the forefront of every issue affecting Puget Sound. We have been instrumental in passing laws and regulations in Olympia that deal with reducing pollution, increasing habitat protection, and recovering wildlife and fish populations. Throughout the last year, we have been able to accomplish a great deal: influencing the restoration plan adopted for the Sound; helping advance a positive agenda on combined sewer overflows; working to ensure that the new water pollution permit issued by the Department Ecology has strong provisions; and more.
Despite these achievements, People For Puget Sound is at a crucial juncture. Recent and current economic realities have constrained our ability to raise necessary funds to keep the organization moving forward independently. In light of these difficult economic circumstances and the urgent need to continue our work, the board of directors has determined that the best course of action in service to our mission is to transition our programs to other organizations that embrace our commitment to Puget Sound. We are pleased to share that we are in the process of negotiating with two well-respected organizations that will enable our work to continue into the future.
We are planning to add our policy expertise, grassroots strength, advocacy, and education know-how to expand Washington Environmental Council’s work to protect Puget Sound. We are also in discussions about transitioning our restoration projects to EarthCorps, a long-term People For Puget Sound partner, which would enable them to expand their portfolio of projects in Puget Sound. Both of these venerable organizations are passionate about stopping the flow of polluted runoff into the Sound, restoring critical habitat, protecting shorelines, and preserving Puget Sound for generations to come. We are confident that they will be able to efficiently and effectively carry our mission forward.
Additional details about these transitions will be available in the coming weeks.
William E. Derry