It’s a major source of food, commerce, recreation, and even life itself, but over the past few decades, it’s also become an area of serious environmental concern. On the next Northwest Now, we take a closer look at efforts to save Puget Sound from pollution and acidification.

“We have a particular problem here in the Pacific Northwest because ocean acidification is more severe here than anywhere else on the planet,” said Richard Feeley, Senior Scientist with NOAA’s Pacific Marine Environmental Lab. “The reason for that is that we have the natural condition of upwelling, and upwelling brings up corrosive waters onto our continental shelf and into Puget Sound. In addition to that, we have the man-made contribution from burning the fossil fuels coal, oil and natural gas that releases CO2 into the atmosphere, and about a third of that gets taken into the ocean.”

Protecting Puget Sound PanelHost Tom Layson will also talk to members from Partnership for Puget Sound and Tacoma’s Urban Waterways. Plus, we’ll spend some time on Tacoma’s Commencement Bay while experts gather water samples in an effort to monitor the overall well-being of Puget Sound.

Northwest Now is a weekly public affairs program that you can watch Friday’s at 7:30 p.m. on KBTC.

Below is a list that shows where you can find us on TV.

You can also watch past episodes and learn more about our show by going to our website.

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KBTC 28.1, 28.2, 28.3 digital channels (including K41KT-D Grays River-Lebam and K24IC-D, Bellingham and Channel 16 Digital, Seattle) KCKA 15.1, 15.2, 15.3 digital channels


Comcast channel 108 (HD, most areas in Western Washington)

Comcast channel 12 (most areas – in Tacoma, Comcast channel 3)

Click! (Tacoma) channel 3

Rainier Connect channel 10

Broadstripe channel 28 (varies by area)

Verizon FiOS channel 28

Frontier Cable: 528 (HD), 28 (SD), and 474 (MHz Worlview)


Dish channel 28 (may appear as 8620)

DirecTV channel 28 (may appear as 970)