By Brian Soergel
Edmonds Beacon 

'Homewaters' is our home, too


Last updated 5/21/2021 at 10:29am

Brian Soergel

David B. Williams at Brackett's Landing South in Edmonds: "One of the great things about living in a community with a ferry system is that you can have that access to this amazing body of water."

Edmonds is mentioned only in passing in a new book by Seattle author, naturalist, and educator David B. Williams titled "Homewaters: A Human and Natural History of Puget Sound" (University of Washington Press).

But Williams raises several salient points bred into the city's DNA: the role of ferries; the transition from boathouses to fishing piers; the influence of Indigenous peoples; the relatively new view that Puget Sound should be enjoyed rather than used as a resource; and the role of fish hatcheries, daylighting creeks, and the important connection between salmon and orcas.

Another way is contributing to proactive organizations providing sustainability and stewardship to the Sound.

University of Washington Press

And this is a really critical point – getting out there, knowing the Sound, and developing a relationship with it. One of the highlights of the entire book was the day I spent down in Seattle at Discovery Park watching the tide change during a 12-hour period.

To me, that's so part of being present in a landscape – to observe it, to watch it, to be passionate about the plants and animals. We all know that the stronger relationships we have with a place, or an animal or a person, the more concern we have, the more we are focused on being better citizens of that place. To read more from this article, visit:


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