Collective effort restores ecosystem

Collective effort restores ecosystem

Two years ago, the Nisqually Shellfish Farm south of Belfair, Wash., faced the serious problem of runoff from surrounding homes and a dairy farm.

TWO years ago, the Nisqually Shellfish Farm south of Belfair, Wash., faced the serious problem of runoff from surrounding homes and a dairy farm polluting Henderson Inlet. The state declared the water unfit for raising shellfish for human consumption.

Worsening the problem, the place was overrun with an invasive species, the Japanese oyster drill, which feeds on and kills shellfish.

Now, however, water quality in the inlet,

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