Discovering and Recovering the Salish Sea

By David Workman, Leonard Forsman, Mindy Roberts and Brian Cantwell

Photographs by Brian Walsh and 20+ regional photographers

Foreword by Martha Kongsgaard

A place where freshwater streams and rivers mix with the sea, Puget Sound is a magnificent and intricate estuary. This astonishingly beautiful waterway surrounded by mountains and forests supports an abundance of resident and migrating life, notably two iconic, interdependent endangered species: Southern Resident orcas and chinook salmon.

Created in partnership with Washington Environmental Council and brought to life by a coalition of Northwest partners, We Are Puget Sound provides inspiration as well as actions individuals and businesses can take to reverse these trends. Experience the region on this stunning visual journey through the complex web of marine and terrestrial wildlife, regional economies of fishing and agriculture, and through the lives of the people who call this place home. Essays by writer David Workman, Suquamish Tribe chairman Leonard Forsman, and WEC Puget Sound program leader Mindy Roberts, alongside striking images from Brian Walsh and more than a dozen other professional photographers bring this place to life.

“It’s up to each of us, the people of the Salish Sea, to take action so that future generations can experience clean water, abundant salmon, resident orcas, and thriving communities.”

— Suquamish tribal chairman Leonard Forsman and Mindy Roberts, leader of WEC’s People for Puget Sound program
“Let’s ask ourselves as we absorb this history and stories, what we would attempt, what we would safeguard and with what vigor, how we would live if we thought we couldn’t fail . . .”
— from the foreword by Martha Kongsgaard

About the contributors

This book and multimedia campaign is being launched in collaboration with Washington Environmental Council, a seasoned and respected nonprofit engaged with public policy at the highest levels in government and community.

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David is a Washington State writer and editor. David was a journalist at several newspapers before entering public service as communications and education director for several state agencies in Washington and serving as executive editor of state-published books and websites on natural resources, environment, social and health services, and technology.

BRIAN WALSH (Lead Photographer)

BRIAN WALSH is an environmental planner and nature photographer who has spent thirty years exploring the coastal lowlands and mountains of the Pacific Northwest with his camera.


Leonard has served as tribal chairman of the Suquamish Tribe since 2005 and is president of the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians. His interests include cultural preservation, sustainable economic development, and habitat protection.


Mindy leads the People For Puget Sound program at the Washington Environmental Council, advocating for clean water, healthy habitat, and renewed leadership to recover and protect Puget Sound.


Kongsgaard, a lawyer, married Peter Goldman in 1988 and collaborated with him to found the Kongsgaard-Goldman Foundation, which has invested in not-for-profit environmental, social justice, and arts organizations in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska.

Brian J. Cantwell

Seattle native BRIAN J. CANTWELL retired in 2018 as Seattle Times travel and outdoors editor. After living on a sailboat on the Columbia River and Puget Sound for more than twenty-five years, he and his wife, Barbara, share a cabin with their two cats in the San Juan Islands.

If you would like to donate to support the events and programming for this campaign use this form OR by sending a check to Braided River with the subject line “Puget Sound” to:

Braided River, 1001 SW Klickitat Way Ste 201, Seattle, WA 98134.

If you would like to make a donation through a donor advised fund, or have any other questions please contact Erika Lundahl at erikal@mountaineersbooksorg.

Thank you to the individuals, businesses and conservation groups who are making this book and campaign possible.



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Maggie Walker

Martha Kongsgaard and Peter Goldman

Sally and Warren Jewell

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Argosy Cruises

Brianne L. Vanderlinden

Eric and Dana Hooper


Helen and Arnie Cherullo

Jens Molbak

John E Spring Family

Karen and Rick Dinicola

Kate Janeway

Katie Geraghty and Tom Ostrom

Marek Karbarz

Maya Cailean Mullaney

Mindy Roberts

Pam Sheets and Frank Bosl

Richard B. Levenson

Roger Mellem

Ron and Eva Sher

Scott and Joyce Reynolds

Seattle Aquarium

Sheri and Jeff Tonn

Sophia Roche

Tom Vogl

In loving memory of my sister Elizabeth

Zoe, the sweetest dog ever

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Alan Budwill

Alex Sidles

Alison Crabb

Amber Carrigan


Aoife Frost

Audrey, Nathan and Dell Royston

B Glosten

Barbara J. Sprecher

Brock Evans

Brynne Koscianski

Cascadia Climate Action

Cathy Silvey and Dick Wood

Chapman J. Root II

Charlotte Watts

Chris Townsend and Daniel Desmarais

Christopher Peñuelas

Chuck Neudorf

Dan Carmichael and Cynthia Whitaker

Dave Griswold

David Brown and Christina Rockrise

David Claar

Ed Chamberlain

Elizabeth M. Watson

Pam and Eric Linxweiler

Evy Dudey and Mark Glidden

Gianna Cannataro and Gabe Aeschliman

Gretchen Glaub

In memory of Helen Engle

Hendrickson Temkin Grandchildren

Isabel Davis

John Scurlock

J Team

James Bernard

James Syck

Jim Burke and April Gerlock

In memory of Jim Leavitt

John Ohlson

John Sharp

Jonathan Heller

Julie Myer

Kara, Jeff, Kaelyn and Bryer Stone

Kate Rogers and Tom W. Clark

Ken Lans

Kevin and Marty Schafer

Leslie Boies

Liz Banse

in memory of Mark S. Cable    

Malieka Robinson

Martina and Michael Kozar

Melissa Brumer and Ben Kossick

Melissa Mager and Rick Butler

Melody Allen

Monica Fisk

Naki Stevens

The Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission

In honor of Owen Humbert

Paula K. Berman

Ramesh Chitra Aishwarya and Karishma Mandyam

RE Sources for Sustainable Communities

Rights of the Salish Sea, crsji.org

In honor of Roald Bradley Severtson and Liz Gallagher

Salmon Bay Paddle

Stewardship Partners, in honor of Patti Southard

Sue Labrie

In honor of Susan Kennedy and Eric Hall

The Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission

The Peterson family

Tonia and Jay Goyal

Tyler Dunning

Virginia Felton and Jeff Hancock

Wade McNaul Family

In honor of Wavey Shreffler

Waypoint Outdoor


Media Partner