Swimming with Salmon
A marine biologist, career fish conservationist and avid swimmer, Mark Powell may as well have been born with fins.
They would have come in handy on his latest adventure. The Puget Sound program director of the Washington Environmental Council recently completed a 55-mile swim of the Green-Duwamish River.
From the headwaters in the Cascade Mountains to Elliott Bay in Seattle, he traversed roughly two-thirds of the 93-mile river outfitted in a wetsuit and goggles. Along the way, he swam with thousands of pink salmon and documented the changing landscape – from untouched wilderness to urban development and agricultural production to native fisheries.