Rotary’s January program series focused on Washington’s environment from several perspectives. Catherine Endicott presented on the North Cascades Institute's work connecting people, nature, and community through Pacific Northwest natural and cultural history. Save Our wild Salmon’s executive director, Joseph Bogaard, described how a coalition is restoring abundant, self-sustaining fishable populations of salmon and steelhead, and discussed proposed dam removals.
Washington State Department of Transportation’s regional lead, Elizabeth McGovern, briefed club members on the state’s work to improve fish populations by removing barriers to spawning habitats in the region, including remediation of culverts in the northwest. Finally, Thomas Meyer, national organizing manager with Food & Water Watch, delivered an overview of the issues and campaigns on which F&WW works, including stopping fracking, cleaning up our food system, and protecting water as a human right. Thank you to Dave DeBois for conceiving this speaker series.