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Published: Saturday, January 28, 2012, 12:01 a.m.

Explore the Sound without getting wet

  • Sea stars are just a small part of life in the waters of the Salish Sea. Learn more about the sound at a series of public seminars.

    Justin Best / The Herald

    Sea stars are just a small part of life in the waters of the Salish Sea. Learn more about the sound at a series of public seminars.

If you delve beneath the surface of our beautiful Puget Sound, you might discover creatures you didn't know existed or new sources of renewable energy.
Here's a way to learn all about these topics and you don't even have to don scuba gear.
The Washington State University Extension Beach Watchers are presenting a series of free public seminars under the heading "Our Puget Sound, In Depth."
The seminars will deliver information about what type of energy exploration is happening in Snohomish County, what cool animals live in the Salish Sea and what the Brightwater wastewater treatment plant in Woodinville is doing to clean up Puget Sound.
Experts will speak on these topics on the first Wednesday night of each month.
All seminars, except for one, are from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Mukilteo City Hall, 11930 Cyrus Way, Mukilteo. These sessions are free, but donations are accepted. For more information, contact WSU Snohomish County Extension Beach Watchers at 425-357-6020 or email to The seminar schedule is:
• Feb. 1: Explore "Alternative Energy" with Dena Peel, who is with Snohomish County Public Utility District and has a background in zoology and biochemistry. Peel will discuss renewable energy technologies such as wind, geothermal, solar, tidal, electric-hybrid vehicles and hydropower. Also, Peel will provide resources for programs and grants available through the PUD.
• March 7: "Bears to Barnacles: Cool Animals of The Salish Sea," with Joe Gaydos a scientist with the SeaDoc Society; hear about some of the biggest, baddest and craziest animals in the world. This seminar will start at 7 p.m. at the Rose Hill Community Center, 304 Lincoln Ave., Mukilteo
• April 4: "Puget Sound Whales," with Howard Garrett of Orca Network; a frequent speaker and writer about orcas and environmental issues, Garrett co-founded Orca Network in November 2001.
• May 2: "Brightwater Treatment Plant: Towards a Cleaner Puget Sound," with David Freed, King County Wastewater Treatment Division.
Story tags » Alternative EnergyNatureWildlife HabitatWildlife Watching

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