WSAS is the premier source of objective scientific and technological information on important issues, questions and problems to achieve informed public policy decisions in Washington State.
WSAS works with state government agencies, offices, and the legislature to provide expert scientific and engineering assessments to policymakers. WSAS convenes committees and panels of experts including Academy members and others to advise on scientific and engineering issues.
“When the need for targeted, independent scientific review arose during our work, the WSAS was primed and ready to assist our efforts.”
“Science is vital to the recovery of salmon and orcas in Washington, and the Washington State Academy of Sciences has proven itself to be pivotal in providing independent, objective, and trusted science for salmon, orcas, people, and our environment. Given the challenges we face as communities and as a region, we need an institution like the Academy that can help guide the way.”
Skagit River Basin Water Supply Scoping for the Joint Legislative Task Force on Water Supply
Skagit River Basin Water Supply Scoping for the Joint Legislative Task Force on Water Supply Timeline: November 2021 - May 2022Sponsoring Agency: WA Department of Ecology on behalf of the Joint Legislative Task Force on Water SupplyA WSAS Committee on the Skagit Water Supply has been advising the Joint Legislative Task [...]
Clean Energy Fund, Research, Development, and Demonstration Review Panel
WSAS is vetting and recruiting a panel of 7-10 scientific and technical experts in relevant fields to conduct the review of proposals received through the Washington Department of Commerce's Phase Two CEF, RD&D competition.
Pinniped Predation on Salmonids
WSAS is conducting a scientific and technical review of the science of pinniped predation on salmonids, with an emphasis on Washington’s portion of the Salish Sea and Washington’s outer coast. This project will involve review of the existing science and data around pinniped predation, engagement with salmon co-managers, stakeholders, and scientists beyond the committee, and a report describing the science of pinniped predation. The report will include assessment of scientific and technical aspects of potential management actions.
Science of Salmon Hatcheries Review
WSAS facilitated a process to engage technical experts for the development of the science synthesis report/manuscript on salmon hatcheries by 1) providing input and comments on the report outline, 2) facilitating a workshop with the WDFW project team and stakeholders, and 3) reviewing the penultimate draft.
COVID-19 Steering Committee-Led Activities
The WSAS COVID-19 Steering Committee will develop actions to be taken by the Academy to assist the state in dealing with the pandemic. The actions could involve near-term advice and longer-term assessments of outcomes and recommendations on how to prepare for future emergencies. The Committee will hold periodic meetings to discuss potential actions and work with WSAS staff to implement committee recommendations.
Skagit River Basin Water Supply
In 2019, WSAS created a committee to conduct an independent peer review of three consultant reports prepared for the Department of Ecology and the Joint Legislative Task Force on Water Supply. This project was the precursor WSAS’s current projects on the Skagit Water Supply.
Net Ecological Gain
WSAS is advising the state legislature on a net ecological gain standard for state land use, development and environmental laws and rules to achieve a goal of better statewide performance on ecological health and endangered species recovery.
Review for the Governor’s Salmon Recovery Office
GSRO has engaged WSAS to identify scientific and technical experts to conduct an independent third-party review of the GSRO’s policy review of salmon recovery efforts for the Governor.
Underwater Acoustics and Disturbance
A scientific and technical review of the best available science about disturbance and noise impacts to Southern Resident Killer Whales.
Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in plant fiber-based food packaging
WSAS is conducting an independent third-party review of a report by the WA Department of Ecology related to the identification of safer alternatives to per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in fiber-based food packaging.
Skagit River Basin Water Supply – Cont’d
We are conducting an independent third-party review of the estuary study portion of a 2001 technical report that informed the Skagit Instream Flow Rule and an independent third-party review of a supply and demand analysis of the Skagit Basin
If you have questions about any WSAS projects, please reach out to our Program Officer:
Yasmeen Hussain | email@example.com
Our Mission: WSAS provides expert scientific and engineering assessments to inform public policy making and works to increase the impact of research in Washington State.