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Inspired Projects of 2022: Quileute Tribal School Moves to Higher Ground


Quileute Tribal School, 2022. Photo courtesy of Quileute Tribal Schools.

As the year comes to an end, we’re highlighting some of our favorite projects from 2022 that demonstrate our commitment to making a difference in the communities we serve. The Quileute Tribal School and Move to Higher Ground project, led by Parametrix Project Manager Susan Devine, was named Parametrix's 2022 Project of the Year.

Project Overview

The Quileute Tribe is located on the Northwest coast of Washington State, with housing, administration, and school facilities all located within critical flood and tsunami hazard zones. Every day, the Tribe’s children were attending school less than 200 feet from the Pacific Ocean and only 20 feet above sea level. Winter storms, heavy rainfall, high winds, and flooding often cause blocked roads and power outages.



Celebrating 50 Years of Clean Water


By John Phillips, Director of Integrated Watershed Management

Today, October 18, 2022, marks the 50th Anniversary of the Clean Water Act.

The 1960s were marked by some truly horrific revelations regarding water pollution. A 1968 survey revealed that pollution in the Chesapeake Bay resulted in millions of dollars of lost revenue for the fishing industry, while a 1969 study found that bacteria levels in the Hudson River to be at 170 times the legal limit. The same year, pollution from local food processing plants killed 26 million fish in one lake in Florida, the largest fish kill on record, and an oil slick resulted in an infamous fire on the Cuyahoga River near Cleveland.

President Nixon’s Impact on Environmental Policy

During his first State of the Union address, delivered in 1970, Presiden... (more)