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  June 2017

Eelgrass Meadows, Our Tidelands Nursery

Part 1 If you have ever been to Whatcom County beaches during a minus tide you have likely seen eelgrass — the long green slender blades that drift in the tide. It turns out these marine grasses are pretty important … Continue reading

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  June 2017

Our Environmental Future Depends on Viable Local Farms

In the April 2017 issue of Whatcom Watch, one of the leaders of RE Sources effectively presented the environmental group’s position on dairy farming. Simply put, their position is that most of our 90-some dairy farmers represent industrial agriculture, which … Continue reading

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  May 2017

Clean Water: Lake Whatcom Water Quality Update

Clean water. Each of us gets up every morning, turns on the water faucet and expects to have clean, fresh water at our disposal. We make coffee with it, prepare food, brush our teeth, take a shower, wash dishes, flush … Continue reading

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  May 2017

Character The Content of Bellingham’s Neighborhoods Part II

This article was first posted on nwcitizen.com on April 11, 2017 Editor’s Note: From here forward, Whatcom Watch will allow authors to offer a rebuttal to an article critical of their article in the same issue. Correcting Misconceptions For the … Continue reading

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  April 2017

Ecological Restoration at the Aiston Preserve

The silence is startling, broken only by rhythmic lapping of water on the shoreline. A heron takes flight across Smugglers Cove and lands in a tree on Abner Point, and three cormorants warily watch from their perch on the pier. … Continue reading

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  April 2017

Pollution or Profit? The True Cost of Doing Business

When the pressure is on, we have to increase our resolve to work together to share the land, air, and water we depend on. Industry and environment can and must find a way to thrive simultaneously. One cannot flourish at … Continue reading

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  March 2017

A Short Chronology of County Water Shortages

Water shortages will increase as Whatcom County’s population grows. Climate change will also exacerbate the county’s water shortages, resulting in reduced water supply in the face of increasing water needs for farm irrigation, home landscape watering and wildlife habitat. Nonetheless, … Continue reading

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  February 2017

Oil Tankers Could Doom Puget Sound’s Orcas

This article reprinted with permission by Crosscut.com and first published December 13, 2016. Canada’s recent approval for the construction of a pipeline in British Columbia could signal big changes for killer whales in the Puget Sound. Canadian Prime Minister Justin … Continue reading

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  February 2017

Character — The Content of Bellingham’s Neighborhoods

Bellingham faces numerous housing and land use problems. Rents and housing prices are soaring while landlords undercut housing availability by buying up affordable houses to rent at prices that lock out families. Vacation rentals are beginning to invade neighborhoods to … Continue reading

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  January 2017

Time for Cascadia?

Donald Trump and his alt-right supporters have driven a huge crimson stake through the rusting industrial heart of America. An unbroken swath of red, Republican states now stretches from Idaho to West Virginia. We no longer live in a unified … Continue reading

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