Discovery Speaker Series to open with climate change panel discussion

The state’s study of forage fish in Puget Sound will be the topic of an upcoming program in the Discovery Speaker Series in Olympia.
The state’s study of forage fish in Puget Sound will be the topic of an upcoming program in the Discovery Speaker Series in Olympia. Staff writer

A panel discussion on climate change Nov. 12 will open the 2015-16 South Sound Estuary Association’s Discovery Speaker Series.

The series brings together South Sound residents who are experts in various environmental fields to talk about key environmental issues.

The series will open with “Drought 2015: What Did We Learn About Climate Change.” The panel members will be Paul Pickett, environmental engineer at the state Department of Ecology, and Ginny Stern, hydrogeologist for the state Department of Health.

Stern will talk about how climate change could impact drinking water supplies and what people are doing, or may need to do, to adapt to changing water patterns. She’ll also talk about what happened this summer with the drought.

Picket will talk about the effects drought and climate change have on instream flows, fish and wildlife, and Puget Sound.

The evening is being presented by the Washington Foundation for the Environment. The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a social gathering that includes refreshments. The program will run from 7-8:30 p.m.

All the programs will be held at LOTT’s WET Science Center, 500 Adams St. NE, Olympia.

Here is a look at the rest of the schedule:

Dec. 10: Christopher Krembs on “The BLOB — What is Causing the Drought?” Krembs, an oceanographer for the Department of Ecology since 2008, will give an overview of the unusual Pacific Ocean conditions, and he will explain how the unusually warm ocean water off Washington’s coastline has affected Puget Sound’s water quality in 2015.

Jan. 14: Dayv Lowry and Phill Dionne, state Department of Fish and Wildlife scientists, will talk about forage fish and share information and videos from their studies

Feb. 11: Melanie Davis, a restoration ecologist with the U.S. Geological Survey’s Western Ecological Research Center will talk about Nisqually Delta restoration efforts. She will discuss the tools being used and give an update on the latest findings.

March 10: Joe Gaydos, author of “The Salish Sea,” will give a talk about his book that looks at the intricate marine ecosystem and the life that it sustains. The doors will open at 6:30 p.m. for attendees who want to purchase a book and get it signed.

April 14: This will be a presentation a marine science professor at The Evergreen State College. The talk is expected to include results from current studies and the changes documented in South Puget Sound.

The programs are free and open to the public thanks to the Lacey, Olympia, Tumwater, and Thurston County LOTT Clean Water Alliance, the Washington Foundation for the Environment, presenters donating their time, and the members and supporters who join the estuary association.

Jeffrey P. Mayor: 253-597-8640