The Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife is asking for the public’s help identifying saltwater ponds in Washington state.
According to the DFW, it’s important for fish and wildlife to have access to fresh water and for them to be able to swim when they need to.
But in the last few years, the number of saltwater fish and aquatic plants have decreased in the Puget Sound.DFW biologists say the problem stems from increased demand for fish from the Chinese, Japanese, and Korean communities.
But, according to the Fish and Game Department, there are more than 1,000 ponds in the state that are not being properly managed.
In the past, the DFP has been using state and federal money to help with ponds cleanup.
But that funding has been reduced due to Congress’ inability to fund it.
So, DFW has asked for donations in order to hire a contractor to help in cleaning the remaining ponds.
Divers will be hired to dig out ponds, which will be sent to a saltwater pond maintenance facility in Bremerton for cleaning.