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Salish Sea and Cupacoffee Creek

“Salish Sea,” a felicitous name for the waters of the Northwest’s Salish Indians, has taken another step toward atlas status. Also check out the new names for four creeks; my favorite is “Cupacoffee Creek.”

October 30, 2009

OLYMPIA – The Washington State Board on Geographic Names today approved a proposal to use ‘Salish Sea’ as the collective name for the body of water that includes Puget Sound, the Strait of Juan de Fuca, and Georgia Strait.

The new designation does not change or eliminate the names of any of the several bodies of water within the Salish Sea on either side of the international border. It also mandates that cartographers must use Salish Sea on all maps or in all atlases. The term, which has been adopted by the British Columbia Geographical Names Office, is already used by some scientists to describe the unified ecosystem and habitats of the inland waters.
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