This year, the Sweep had its biggest turnout ever with 100 boats, 280 volunteers and over 2500 lbs of plastics and other debris recovered from Lake Union, Portage Bay and Union Bay. Many thanks to all the houseboaters who turned out to clean-up our water backyard. The Puget Soundkeeper Alliance (PSA) has organized this annual clean-up event for the past eight years. After the Sweep, PSA sent a special thank-you note to the FHA for our continuing financial and volunteer support for the Sweep. The FHA is a prime sponsor of the Sweep in recognition of our responsibility as floating home residents to be stewards of the lake.
The Sweep reminds us that we live on a very fragile urban ecosystem that is dependent on us to keep it as clean as possible. PSA cautions us that plastics are especially dangerous to fish and other wildlife that either come into contact with it or try to eat it. Most important is that plastic never completely breaks down, so the only way to get rid of it is to remove it by hand, whether in the water or on the shoreline.
Other Environmental News
The Puget Soundkeeper Alliance Board recently appointed Chris Wilke as PSA Executive Director. FHA has worked with Chris over the last several years in organizing the Sweep. Congratulations and good luck to him in his new responsibilities.
You Are Invited
Event featuring photographer Art Wolfe!
The Puget Soundkeeper Alliance is holding its annual Salute to the Sound on October 7, 2010 at the Naval Reserve in South Lake Union from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m..
PSA will entice you with the finest wild seafood and shellfish spread that Seattle has to offer -- salmon, oysters, clams, and even geoduck delicacies! The evening begins with a Silent Auction featuring Puget Sound trips, Northwest food & wine, water sports gear and local experiences. Renowned nature photographer, Art Wolfe, will be the featured speaker and show us some of his best shots in Puget Sound. They will cap off the evening with a brief Live Auction featuring the best of Puget Sound!
For additional information email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 206.297.7002.
Admission is $100 through Brown Paper Tickets on line or the PSA office at 206.297.7002.