Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Citizens for a Healthy Bay Names Sam Kulla as New Bay Patrol Manager

Strengthening its efforts to engage the community in Puget Sound Protection, CHB hires Sam Kulla

Tacoma, WA — Citizens for a Healthy Bay announced Sam Kulla as the organization’s new Bay Patrol Manager.

“Bay Patrol is our cornerstone program at Citizens for a Healthy Bay. It’s how we most tangibly serve our community,” said Melissa Malott, Executive Director of Citizens for a Healthy Bay. “We’re unique in that we are the only environmental organization with a patrol vessel in the south Puget Sound. As we continue to protect our local waters and engage the community in our work, we are thrilled to add Sam to our team. His passion and enthusiasm for clean water is clear, and will be a major asset to Citizens for a Healthy Bay.”

“I hope to bring community members together around their most precious resource, the water,” said Sam Kulla. “Having worked across the United States as a whitewater guide, wilderness medical instructor, wind energy rope access technician, and more, I truly believe in the value of the environmental movement and the work of Citizens for a Healthy Bay.  People who develop a meaningful, personal connection with our waters are far more likely to get involved in the restoration and protection of Commencement Bay and south Puget Sound. I’m eager to provide the community with an opportunity to not only develop their own special relationship with our waters, but also to help them identify what threatens this valuable resource as well.”

Originally from Missoula, Montana, Kulla earned his BA in Geography and Spanish Literature from the University of Montana, and was previously the Program Coordinator at Austral Education Group, as well as a Lead Technician for Rope Partner, a wind turbine services provider.


Melissa Malott, Executive Director,, 253.444.7039

Citizens for a Healthy Bay is an environmental nonprofit organization whose mission is to represent and engage citizens in the cleanup, restoration and protection of Commencement Bay, the surrounding waters and our natural habitat.

Citizens for a Healthy Bay was formed in 1990 to represent Tacoma citizens in the Superfund cleanup of Commencement Bay – at the time one of the most polluted bodies of water in the country. Thanks to the efforts of CHB and the community, parts of the bay that were once dead zones due to industrial waste are now recovering.