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  September 2021

European Green Crabs Invade Whatcom County

The invasive species was found in a Squalicum Harbor trap. It’s not news that European green crabs have been residing in Whatcom County for at least two years. However, the Port of Bellingham has confirmed the discovery of the city’s … Continue reading

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  September 2021

County Council Protects Cherry Point

New Restrictions on Fossil Fuel Industries Passed Unanimously Part 3 Editor’s Note: For more background and context, read Part 1 in the February 2019 issue and Part 2 in the January 2020 issue.* Cherry Point has long been one of … Continue reading

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  August 2021

Harris Avenue Shipyard Cleanup Project

The Port of Bellingham and the Washington state Department of Ecology are working together to clean up the Harris Avenue Shipyard, located at the foot of Harris Avenue in Fairhaven. The shipyard is one of 12 cleanup sites that are … Continue reading

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  August 2021

Local Refineries Affect Southern Resident Orcas

The impacts of Whatcom County refineries stretch beyond local waters … Western Whatcom County is nuzzled by the Salish Sea at the broad intersection of the Strait of Georgia and Strait of Juan de Fuca. It is centrally located in … Continue reading

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  July 2021

Plasmodial Slime Molds Are Not Molds

What’s in a name? That which we call a [slime mold] By any other name would [look] as sweet. Of all the cryptogams (plant-like life forms that produce spores), perhaps the slime molds are the least well known. Like the … Continue reading

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  July 2021

Mysterious Disease Wreaks Havoc on Sea Stars

The causes that lead to the disease are still unknown and recovery is inconsistent. A mysterious illness that appeared eight years ago and nearly wiped out sea star populations along the Pacific Coast is continuing to leave researchers puzzled. The … Continue reading

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  June 2021

Whatcom’s Recyclers Face Uncertainty

Old Town Prepares for Redevelopment Whatcom County’s curbside recycling system went through a bit of a shakeup recently. Sanitary Service Company Inc. (SSC) trucks still collect recycling from customers in Bellingham, Ferndale, Blaine, and much of unincorporated Whatcom County and … Continue reading

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  June 2021

Barrier Removal Brings Coho Back to Goodwin Creek

Coho salmon rely on streams and side channels for spawning and juvenile rearing before their migration to salt water to feed, grow and mature. They typically spawn between the ages of three and four in their natal streams. Coho and … Continue reading

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  May 2021

Invasive Mussels Threaten Drinking Water

  The small mussel, about the size of a grain of rice, appeared on an aquarium moss ball sold at a Seattle Petco earlier this year. It sounded the alarm across the United States, prompting agencies to work with Petco … Continue reading

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  May 2021

Lake Whatcom’s Decline Is Unabated

Editor’s Note: The Lake Whatcom Monitoring Project was initiated in the 1980s to measure and track long-term lake data for temperature, pH, dissolved oxygen, conductivity, turbidity, and nutrients, including nitrogen and phosphorus. The work is performed by WWU’s Institute for … Continue reading

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