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  February 2018

BP Versus Northwest National Parks

This article originally appeared on the Sightline Institute website sightline.org and is reprinted with permission. What a Refinery Expansion in Whatcom County Means for Views in Cascadia Cascadia’s biggest oil refinery is angling to get even bigger. Yet BP’s proposed expansion … Continue reading

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  February 2018

Whatcom Land Trust Preserving and Protecting Whatcom County

For more than 34 years, Whatcom Land Trust (WLT) has been bringing people and businesses together to help preserve and protect the wildlife habitat, scenic, agricultural and open space lands of Whatcom County for future generations. By securing interests in … Continue reading

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  January 2018

Abridged Article: Lake Whatcom’s Low Dissolved Oxygen (DO) How Did It Get That Way And What We Can Do To Fix It

Editor’s Note: The following is an abridgement of the full scientific article that can be found on the Whatcom Watch website. What a beautiful lake and great place to live. We who live around Lake Whatcom, along with the city … Continue reading

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  January 2018

Lake Whatcom’s Low Dissolved Oxygen (DO) – How did it Get that way and What WE can do to fix it?

Editor’s Note: This is the full scientific article that was abridged in our print issue. What a beautiful lake and great place to live. We who live around the lake, along with the City of Bellingham, Whatcom County and our … Continue reading

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  December 2017

What Can We Do? Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency

Part II What a difference a decade makes. In the summer of 2008, then-congressman Jay Inslee (D-WA) grilled commodity traders and oil execs as to why crude oil had rocketed to $146 a barrel. (1) Gasoline had hit $4.11 a … Continue reading

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  December 2017

Whatcom Water Use — With and Without Permission

With rare exceptions, everyone in Washington must have a water right to legally draw water from streams, rivers, lakes or from groundwater wells. Some farmers in Whatcom County, however, are using water without state authorization. Informal and undocumented estimates from … Continue reading

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  Oct/Nov 2017

Changing Climate: Adaptation or Extinction

Part 1 Let’s begin as a devil’s advocate. What is it with the alarmists? The world is warming, but so what? The Earth has always warmed and cooled. Why keep global warming under 2.0 degrees C.? For example, between 15 … Continue reading

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  Oct/Nov 2017

Atlantic Salmon in Washington State

Once a Prize, Now a Fugitive, State Agencies Weigh a Fish’s Future It was 1978 when Andy Appleby first interacted with an Atlantic salmon in the waters of the Puget Sound. A young biologist fresh out of school, Appleby was in the first … Continue reading

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  September 2017

Finding a Home for Farmworkers

Regulators and Non-profits Work to Improve Housing Conditions The air hung heavy with wildfire smoke and a muggy 83 degrees on August 2, the day Honesto Ibarra started feeling ill while working in the blueberry fields at Sarbanand Farms in … Continue reading

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  September 2017

Prepping for Doomsday

Many people in the Northwest are expecting the Big One. The Cascadia Subduction Zone, stretching 700 miles from California to Vancouver, British Columbia, releases a major earthquake approximately every 300 – 400 years. The last one occurred in 1700, estimated … Continue reading

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