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Futurewise Newsletter - July 2014

Executive Director's Report
By Hilary Franz, Executive Director, Futurewise
For most of this century, water supply and management will continue to be one of the biggest issues we face in Washington State. Washington’s population is expected to grow by more than 25% by 2040, increasing the competition for available water supplies. In this issue of Futurewire, we take up some of the approaches that may help us better prepare for these changes. Read on >>

Yakima River Basin: A Model for Healthy Waterways
By Hilary Franz, Executive Director, Futurewise
The Yakima River has always been a critical water body for Washington’s economy, environment and communities. In this article, we explore the Yakima River basin’s current water supply, the demands for that supply, the future challenges for meeting the demands, and recent successes that will help prepare the basin to meet ongoing demands and changing climate conditions. Read on >>

Nature's Advice: Learn from the Forest
By Jennifer Barnes and Alexandra Ramsden
Polluted runoff is on lots of northwesterners’ minds these days. Smart thinking and capital are flowing into the problem, and our traditional gray infrastructure is wisely going green. But what if, like environmental naturopaths, we also treated the root of the issue rather than simply lessening the unwanted effects? What if we reduced volumes before the rainwater became polluted runoff? That is the advice the Urban Greenprint project is following, straight from Nature. Read on >>

Seattle’s Future Waterfront: Experiencing the Water in Many Ways
By City of Seattle Waterfront Program
Since 2011 at over 300 community events, briefings, fairs and festivals thousands of people have said that water should play a larger, more emphasized role in our reimagined waterfront. Seeing it, touching it, smelling it and preserving it. Elliott Bay’s waters are part of what makes our region so special. Finding ways to put that at the forefront of the plan for the new waterfront is a sentiment shared by many. Read on >>

Futurewise Update: Our Innovative Work on Shoreline Protections in Puget Sound
By Heather Trim, Science & Policy Director, Futurewise
Shorelines of the Salish Sea basin are fragile narrow ribbons that support our marine ecosystem in vital ways, from serving as the nursery areas for many aquatic species, to being the migration corridor for outgoing juvenile salmon and the sources of land-based nourishment to the water. Futurewise has been working on several related projects to help protect these shorelines. Read on >>

Member Profile: SVR Design's Amalia Leighton, PE, AICP

Civil engineering is a critical component of our built environment, yet it is often a misunderstood profession. We asked Amalia Leighton of SvR Design Company to provide a glimpse of herself, her industry and her region in this month's member profile. Read on >>

Reestablishing Natural Shoreline and Beach Access for All
By Maureen Judge, Communications, WRIA 9
The Green/Duwamish and Central Puget Sound Watershed (WRIA 9) was honored to share the Futurewise 2014 Livable Community Award with the City of Burien for the commitment to restore 3,200 feet of natural shoreline at Seahurst Park. The improved shoreline represents one of the largest contiguous lengths of natural shoreline within the cities of WRIA 9. Restoring the shoreline will improve marine habitat for salmon and restore recreational access to Puget Sound for all. Read on >>

Staff Picks: Favorite Water Places in Washington

From the pristine lakes in Chelan County to Seattle’s Ballard Locks where industry and nature meet, discover some of our favorite water places in the state. Maybe they’re yours too! Read on >>

Futurewise Welcomes New Staff and Summer Interns!

Our team is growing! Futurewise is excited to welcome three new staff members to our team! Say hello to Hayley Bonsteel, Jeanette Ordonez and Spencer Williams – plus three new summer interns! Learn more about them and what they’re all up to Here >>

Feast with Friends


The water understands
Civilization well;
It wets my foot, but prettily,
It chills my life, but wittily,
It is not disconcerted,
It is not broken-hearted:
Well used, it decketh joy,
Adorneth, doubleth joy:
Ill used, it will destroy,
In perfect time and measure
With a face of golden pleasure
Elegantly destroy.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

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