Ellen Southard of Salmon-Safe presents Salmon-Safe Certification to City Council

On Earth Day 2019, the City of Shoreline was recognized as the first Salmon-Safe Certified City in Washington State, and only the second certified city in the nation after Portland, Oregon. Salmon-Safe Certification recognizes Shoreline’s regional leadership in preventing water pollution and improving the health of the Puget Sound.  Clean water is important for our local quality of life, and for salmon and orca populations.

Salmon-Safe certification means the City is working to further reduce pollutants and pesticide use, improve erosion control, conserve water, and install rain gardens and other “green infrastructure” to keep stormwater runoff clean.  

Stormwater runoff is created when rain falls on roads, driveways, parking lots, rooftops and other paved surfaces that do not allow water to soak into the ground.  Stormwater runoff picks up trash, oil, bacteria and other materials that can pollute our local waterways.  Green infrastructure helps remove pollutants from stormwater runoff as it flows into local rivers, streams, wetlands, and the Puget Sound. For more information about how we manage stormwater, please visit the Surface Water Utility page

Salmon-Safe Conditions - Review a summary of Salmon-Safe activities and timelines for implementation

Salmon-Safe Report - Read the full Salmon-Safe report for the City of Shoreline

Salmon-Safe Shoreline Poster - View a one-page list of Salmon-Safe activities in the City of Shoreline

Sustainable Shoreline - Explore City sustainability goals and how you can help make Shoreline sustainable

What’s the link between water pollution, salmon and orcas?

Contaminated stormwater runoff and pollution from human activities can negatively impact both salmon and orcas.  We all play a role in helping to save these iconic species.  Southern resident orcas are an endangered species that reside in Puget Sound from late spring through the fall.

The southern resident orcas face three main threats

  1. Availability of Chinook salmon
  2. Toxic contaminants in the environment
  3. Disturbance from noise and vessel traffic

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