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Keynote address at Sound Waters examines impact of marine science

Joseph Gaydos will be this year’s keynote speaker at Sound Waters. - Billy Doran photo
Joseph Gaydos will be this year’s keynote speaker at Sound Waters.
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Discover how to protect, enjoy and appreciate the Salish Sea and its connected environments during Sound Waters, the popular one-day university sponsored by WSU Island County Extension Beach Watchers.

The annual educational presentation is set for Saturday, Feb. 4 at South Whidbey High School in Langley.

Joseph Gaydos, chairman of Puget Sound Partnership’s science panel, will give the opening address this year.

Gaydos’ keynote address will be “Marine Science: Can it Help the Salish Sea?”

Some say the Salish Sea is facing a slow-motion ecological crisis that has the potential to permanently impact people’s ability to use and enjoy the marine water’s natural resources. What role does science have in reversing this trend? Can science help restore the inland sea?

Gaydos will explain how science is not a panacea, but it can and does play an important role in efforts to design a healthy ecosystem. The presentation will examine the merits and limitations of science while proposing realistic options for citizens to participate in, understand and use science as efforts continue to improve the health of the Salish Sea.

Sound Waters will feature three sessions with more than 60 classes, all related to local environments.

Organizers said more than 44 classes are new this year, and six are intermediate to advanced programs. An extensive exhibit area also will be open all day.

Attendees can learn about the push and pull of tides; critters on land, sea and air; earthquakes in the region; alternate transportation; native life and culture; legislation affecting environmental policy; salmon recovery; the wonders of local fishing; underwater photography; kayaking; and more. Attendees can also learn what to do around the home, yard and shore to make a positive difference to the health of local water.

Sound Waters offers continuing education credits for teachers and a special registration fee for students.

Find full details on Sound Waters and register at http://beachwatchers.net/sw_2012.

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