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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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  January 2017

To the Corps: Finish Court-ordered EIS

Please take action before the change of officeholders at the federal level, and ask our congressional delegation to demand the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers release the final Environmental Impact Statement for the BP pier for the reasons described by … Continue reading

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  December 2016

How to Improve Whatcom Water-use Efficiency?

The Colorado River Research Group wrote that, “Water users consume too much water from the river and, moving forward, must strive to use less, not more. Any conversation about the river that does not explicitly acknowledge this reality cannot provide … Continue reading

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  December 2016

Stormwaters Run Deep: Bellingham’s Solution to Toxic Runoff

Annual rainfall is rising in Whatcom County, bringing with it big storms and increased water pollution in the form of heavy runoff from roads and hard surfaces (1). Runoff carries toxic crud such as oil, pesticides and fertilizers into the … Continue reading

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  Oct/Nov 2016

The Chuckanut Formation in Our Backyard

Fifty million years ago, there were giant, 7-foot-tall chickens wading around palm trees in the subtropical swamp that is now Whatcom County. And the remnants of this geology are still present. (1) Those chickens were Diatryma, a flightless bird whose … Continue reading

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