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Inside The Puget Sound Partnership

Efforts to clean up Puget Sound had been floundering for two decades when a new state agency took over the job in 2007. Since then, the Puget Sound Partnership has poured millions of dollars into making a new plan for restoring the health of the Sound. In the process, state funds were misspent, public resources misused, and a whistle–blower fired. This four–part KUOW investigation looks inside the state's latest troubled attempt to save Puget Sound. It airs August 17–20, 2010.

"Inside The Puget Sound Partnership" was reported and produced by John Ryan and edited by Jim Gates.

Puget Sound Partnership executive director David Dicks. Photo by John Ryan.

Blowing The Whistle On Puget Sound Agency

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Washington's whistle–blower law lets insiders quietly expose bad behavior by state officials. It protects the employees from retaliation if their employers even suspect them of spilling the beans. But sometimes, whistle–blowers lose their jobs anyway.

Listen to this story spacer David Dicks' state–owned Prius. See what other state officials drive to work on the public dime (PDF). Photo by John Ryan.

State Leaders Commute On Public Dime

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

The head of the Puget Sound Partnership gets a perk few state agency directors do: a car for his exclusive use on the job. David Dicks also uses his official Prius for personal benefit: his commute. We found he isn't the only state leader driving to work on the public dime.

Listen to this story spacer David Dicks and Norm Dicks. City of Tacoma photo.

Family Ties To Puget Sound Posts

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Congressman Norm Dicks has steered millions of dollars toward cleaning up Puget Sound. His son David runs the state agency in charge of the cleanup. Both men say there's no conflict between family and public interest. Part three of our series focuses on the agency's family ties.

Listen to this story spacer Sunset over Puget Sound. Photo by John Ryan.

Cleaning Up With Political Connections

Friday, August 20, 2010

State auditors reported in May that the Puget Sound Partnership had distributed millions of dollars in consulting contracts unfairly. KUOW found no–bid contracts going to people who had worked with the agency director's father, Congressman Norm Dicks.

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