Sound Status Update – October Newsletter

October 1, 2021

Final Push for a Fossil Fuel Free Future in Tacoma

This Tuesday, October 5th at 5:30PM Tacoma is kicking off what could be the final renewal of the Tideflats Regulations with a public hearing! This fight has been 4+ years in the making and could culminate in Tacoma finally stopping the expansions of fossil fuels. Despite the increasingly grave news around our climate future, we have seen fossil fuel companies continue to target Tacoma for risky polluting projects that do not serve a cleaner economy and communities.

Need a refresher on the Tideflats Regulations and how to give effective public testimony? Join us this Monday October 4th at 5:30 PM for our Tideflats 101 Training where we will take you through the complexities of the Tideflats Regulations to prepare folks to turn out for the public hearing the following day.

RSVP to attend the Tideflats Public Hearing HERE.

Can’t attend the hearing or training? Make your voice heard by sending a letter to Council!

We’re so close. And we need your help to make sure City Council knows what you want to see in the future for The City of Destiny!

In collaboration with local community groups, CHB is providing free STEM-based learning opportunities to young women of color and/or of low-income backgrounds who are interested in environmental education and justice. Our goal is to have fun and expand what it means to be an environmentalist!

Interested in joining or have questions about eligibility? Send an email to

Upcoming Events:
Mount Rainier National Park
Saturday, October 16th
Focus: Hiking basics | Environmental Careers | Environmental Justice

Upper White River Watershed with Conservation NW
Saturday, November 6th
Focus: Hiking basics | Wildlife Conservation | Environmental Justice

Tacoma’s Climate Action Plan can bring healthy, affordable housing; clean, reliable transportation; protections for public health; and green, good-paying jobs. Citizens for a Healthy Bay has partnered with the City of Tacoma for the past year and heard from over 830 community members on their sustainability priorities. The draft Plan was been written based on that feedback to address the community’s environmental justice priorities that reduce greenhouse gas emissions. It is designed to direct City funding, investments, and work over the next 9 years to improve our communities and environment.

CHB has been a leading partner to get this to the finish line. But, to make this draft Plan a reality, we need your voice.
Take this final chance to tell Tacoma City Council why taking equitable climate action now is important to you and what you want to see funded ASAP!

  1. Review the draft Plan: 
  2. Give your comments now: 
  3. Join a virtual public meeting (Spanish interpretation available) – register:

With your support, we can make sure the City invests in a more equitable and climate-safe future! Comments are accepted through Wednesday, October 20th. Learn more about our 2020-2021 planning process:

Local climate fights matter now more than ever! Please join CHB in this battle for a cleaner healthier future and Stand for Our Sound!!

We are excited to announce that tickets are now on sale for CHB’s upcoming Stand for Our Sound fall fundraiser and awards presentation. Please join us Thursday, November 4th at the Pacific Seas Aquarium at the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium! The evening kicks off at 6:00PM and will include the presentation of our Environmental Justice Service Award, Clean Water Hero in Elected Office Award, Healthy Bay Champion Award, the new Rising Tide Award, and our new Kay Treakle Lifetime Achievement Award. This year we are excited to welcome Tacoma Port Commissioner, Kristin Ang as the Honorary Chair of Stand for Our Sound.

**Stand for Our Sound will be a fully vaccinated event. All guests are required to show proof of vaccination at the door (or via email to prior to the event) and adhere to the most current mask mandates while in attendance.

CHB Board Member Spotlight

Barry has served on the CHB Board of Directors for three years. Prior to his time on the board, Barry served for three years as a member of CHB’s Policy and Technical Advisory Committee (PTAC). PTAC is made up of passionate experts in oceanography, hydrogeology, chemistry, marine ecology, fish biology, environmental monitoring, sustainability, and environmental law. This advisory group allows Citizens for a Healthy Bay to cultivate a deep understanding of the scientific and policy issues related to our work.

Barry was raised in New York City and graduated from Queens College with degrees in Geology and Biology. He received his MSc and PhD in Geology from the University of Minnesota. His work primarily focuses on the relationship between landscape features and climate change, including the effects of climate on river systems. This work has primarily been in the Puget Sound region but has also included work in the American southwest as well as archeological sites in Israel. From 2001-2008 Barry was on the Board, and served as Board Chair, for the Center for Environmental Law and Policy. Barry retired this year after 37 years serving as a faculty member in the Geology Department at the University of Puget Sound.

What drew Barry to his position on the CHB Board of Directors?
“I’ve been active in state and region-wide water resource issues for about 20 years. I decided it was time to become involved on the local level on a more active basis, and my interest in CHB was based on my collaboration with CHB over the years through my role as a faculty advisor of student research projects at the University of Puget Sound.”

What has been the most rewarding aspect of Barry’s board work?

“Learning more about local environmental issues and the many dedicated community members who have long worked on protecting the Bay and the South Sound area. While I understood and worked on a variety of those issues as an environmental geologist and academic, the true depth and complexity of those issues and the level of engagement and knowledge of those issues by a wide range of people from the Tacoma area has really energized me beyond my expectations.”