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  May 2019

Glaciers of the North Cascades: A Dwindling Water Resource

  It’s a sunny August day, and all four members of the North Cascades Glacier Climate Project (NCGCP) research team are pretty beat. Today marks one full week into the field season, and the day-long backpacking treks and glacier traverses … Continue reading

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  May 2019

Lake Whatcom Water Quality Continues to Decline

  “Something is going on.” That is the phrase being used behind the scenes to describe some of the latest data in the Lake Whatcom Monitoring Project 2017/2018 Report by Matthews et al. (2019). Lake Whatcom (for those newcomers to … Continue reading

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  April 2019

Orca Survival Status Quo No Longer an Option

L-Pod orca blowing bubbles, as seen from San Juan Island’s Westside Preserve Land Bank                                                      … Continue reading

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  April 2019

When the Spirit Rebels

It would have been a strange vision for any one of our great grandparents, if they had tried to imagine one day the emergence of something called Extinction Rebellion. “What? A rebellion against the end of life itself?” Yes, I … Continue reading

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  March 2019

Updated Nooksack Watershed Plan Failed

This article is different from the ones I usually write. I pride myself on an analytical approach that is data-driven. This article is about my thoughts and opinions on the recent process in response to legislation passed early last year, … Continue reading

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  March 2019

The Nooksack River: A Treasure to Preserve

Part 1 Lay of the River The Nooksack River is neither a large nor a long river by most standards as it runs only 75 miles from its origin in the glaciers of the North Cascade Mountains to its delta … Continue reading

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  February 2019

Samish Way Urban Village Progresses

The Samish Way urban village redevelopment project at the site of the former Aloha Motel, condemned in September 2015, will likely not be breaking ground until late spring or early summer in 2019, according to the Bellingham Housing Authority. It … Continue reading

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  February 2019

County Council Moves to Protect Cherry Point

Over the last decade, communities across the Pacific Northwest have risen up against a series of giant proposals to expand fossil fuel ports, shipments and pipelines, stopping them time and again. Now unable to build new terminals, oil companies are … Continue reading

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  February 2019

Cherry Point Aquatic Reserve

The Cherry Point Aquatic Reserve is a unique aquatic ecosystem located in the Strait of Georgia on the western shore of Whatcom County, The offshore waters from Birch Bay State Park on the north to Slater Road on the south, … Continue reading

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  January 2019

Plastic Pollution: Cleanup and Prevention

Part 2 As I wrote in Part 1 of this series on plastic in our environment, our oceans are awash with all kinds of plastics to the tune of over 5 trillion pieces. (1) These items are now amassed in … Continue reading

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