HCEC has no paid staff. A board of directors and concerned volunteers work to support its goals. HCEC was organized in 1969 by concerned citizens to oppose developments along the shoreline and in the watersheds of Hood Canal that could be harmful to the qualities that make the canal unique.
HCEC supports activities that protect the water quality and the quality of life in the Hood Canal basin. We encourage our members to support political candidates and environmental groups who favor our causes. The HCEC began the Hood Canal Salmon Sanctuary program which is now a cooperative effort of state, county, private and tribal components aimed at protecting this major salmon habitat.
HCEC opposes those activities that would be environmentally detrimental to the Hood Canal. We monitor, study, and make suggestions to improve laws and regulations regarding land and water uses, testify at hearings, write letters to elected officials and agencies, and attempt to educate officials and the public in environmental matters.
Today, the ecosystem formed by Hood Canal and its watersheds may have reached a threshold. Small eventsa 20-acre clear-cut here, a house being built theretake their toll, along with the everyday activities of residents. Hood Canal calls on us to fit our human lifestyles into the ecosystem. It is a challenge we cannot afford to ignore. Hood Canal: Splendor at Risk by the staff of The Kitsap Sun
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