This week the Nisqually Tribe held the “Welcoming the Tides” ceremony to celebrate the completion of their 100-acre estuary restoration.

The Olympian:

Hundreds of people – from political bigwigs to environmental volunteers – braved a chilly afternoon to watch the tide roll in Tuesday.

But it was no ordinary tide.

Nisqually tribe members danced, drummed and sang as the water rose and flooded the land – and started a celebration of the continuing restoration of the Nisqually River estuary.

The water that slowly flooded 100 acres of former cow pasture is another big step toward restoring the Nisqually Estuary – a vital link in restoring Puget Sound and struggling salmon runs, said Billy Frank Jr., a Nisqually tribe member, longtime salmon advocate and Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission chairman.

The Tacoma News Tribune
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The Associated Press story was picked up by the Seattle PI and the Longview Daily News, among other outlets.

Patricia Chambers of Shared Salmon Strategy also had a nice roundup.