Letter: Navy should clean up its mess for the next generation

Editor,

There has been a lot of news about the PFAS in the water on North Whidbey. In one instance, the Navy has been using the streams feeding into Dugualla Bay to dispose of PFAS.

In light of the fact that the Whidbey Camano Land Trust breached a dike and did remediation work in Dugualla Bay to reestablish the marsh for waterfowl and the shoreline for young salmon to rest before heading out to the sea, one can only wonder what the PFAS are doing to them as the Navy continues to spew the poisons into Dugualla Bay.

Can the next generation watch river otters, great blue heron, bald eagles, osprey, etc. exist here? As for the declining salmon, is it any wonder they are dying off?

We know our resident orca do not have enough salmon to eat in order to live around Puget Sound.

Has anyone looked at the effects the PFAS have had on the young salmon resting in the bay before heading out to sea?

Let’s not just blame the dams and overfishing on the lack of adult salmon coming back to spawn.

The Navy needs to step up and commit to cleaning up their mess now so we have a beautiful, healthy island for the next generation to enjoy.

Paulette Hummer

Oak Harbor

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