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Storymap: The Past, Present and Future of Restoration in Washington’s Commencement Bay

November 15, 2022

A new storymap explores the industrial past of a busy Tacoma, Washington harbor, and the restoration activities shaping its ecological future.

Chinook salmon jump in frothy white water Chinook salmon jump in frothy white water. Credit: Laura Mahoney/USFWS

More than 20 years of restoration in Commencement Bay are documented in a new StoryMap created by NOAA and the Commencement Bay Trustees. 

The storymap features more than 20 restoration projects created in Commencement Bay, representing an investment of more than $70 million in pollution settlements. The entire portfolio of sites is protected by a long-term monitoring and adaptive management effort called the Commencement Bay Stewardship Collaborative

Read the story or peruse the detailed map featuring before-and-after images and historical context. You can also follow the hypothetical journey of a salmon that can now use the restored sites like stepping stones as it swims up the Puyallup River from the bay to spawn.


Last updated by Office of Habitat Conservation on January 31, 2023