S2030D's Work on Ocean Acidification (OA)

Coral reefs damaged by ocean acidification

Earlier last week, Seattle 2030 District promoted the OA Alliance national program for municipal governments. Over the next 18 months, we’ll dig deeper into this issue to see how stormwater management and shoreline planning efforts can mitigate this problem.

Carbon dioxide is a significant concern as it is carried into Puget Sound during significant rain events and adversely impacts marine ecosystems. Here in Seattle, that carbon dissolves faster in our cold-water temperatures, putting Puget Sound at risk on an intensified timeline compared to other water bodies.

Moving forward, we’ll be looking at partnering opportunities with District landowners and local governments on coastal resiliency and a stormwater management plan for the Elliot Bay and Lake Union shorelines. Our role will be to coordinate stakeholders’ efforts, raise the prioritization of shoreline restoration in the City’s climate action plans, and increase awareness for the ecosystem and urban planning benefits.

The ultimate goal is to improve water quality and habitat for critical salmon populations and connect with key stormwater management efforts. To learn more about ocean acidification, you can read this article or attend the webinar on engaging municipalities below.