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  September 2016

Pushing the Cart Before the Horse: Construction Before Cleanup on the Bellingham Waterfront

    The Port of Bellingham and the Washington state Department of Ecology have expedited the cleanup of toxic industrial chemicals embedded in the soil and groundwater of the Waterfront District under pressure from one of the port’s tenants. The … Continue reading

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  August 2016

Whatcom’s Homeless Women and Children

  It was her third pregnancy but her first baby. Cradling the newborn in her arms, Lauren smiled. “I’m going to do it all for you.” Lauren, not her real name to protect her identity from her abuser, has finally … Continue reading

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  August 2016

My Journey Towards “Greener Pastures:” A Mid-Course Correction

On Jan. 15, 2016, I went back to work for a small, local, design/build residential contractor, after 10 years of lucrative employment in the oil industry.  I turned my back on the oil industry for a number of reasons, but … Continue reading

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  July 2016

Irrigation Dominates Whatcom Water Use

Whatcom County faces a variety of water supply, water quality and fish habitat problems. Understanding and resolving these problems require a detailed and accurate knowledge of who uses water, for what purposes and when. Irrigation is the largest – and … Continue reading

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  July 2016

Birchwood, Alderwood Neighborhoods Labeled as a Food Desert

by Christian Conahan, Janae Easlon and Elizabeth Kayser Walking inside a corner store on a recent day, browning bananas are two for $1. No burger meat but plenty of beef jerky and soda. No produce. The little store has microwavable … Continue reading

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  June 2016

Gateway Pacific Coal Port Rejected — At Last

by Michael Riordan This article is an updated and expanded version of an article originally published in the online journal Orcas Issues. In the end, after five arduous years of coal and controversy, it all came down to fish. On … Continue reading

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  June 2016

Lake Whatcom Update: Decline of Water Quality Accelerates

by April Markiewicz The latest Lake Whatcom Monitoring Report by Matthews et al. (2016) is rife with terms like “atypical,” “unusual,” “not observed (before) in Lake Whatcom,” “the highest levels recorded at that site in 17 years,” and “unlike any … Continue reading

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  May 2016

State Water Resource Data Crucial For Best Management

The Washington State Department of Ecology, like the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, is subject to strong — and opposing — political forces. Pro-market conservatives argue that Ecology’s regulations are too strict, raise costs to consumers and destroy jobs. Progressives urge … Continue reading

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  May 2016

Is Growth Progress?

“In the Heart of the Sea” is a thrilling movie — a true story and the impetus for the novel “Moby Dick.” The story is about whaling and takes place about 200 years ago. People had no electricity then, thus … Continue reading

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  March 2016

Why Larger Farms in Whatcom County Are Needed for Small Farms to Survive

Editor’s Note: Writer Jennifer Moon recently published two articles about small farms in Whatcom Watch in January and February 2016 issues. She invited readers to respond to issues about farming. Rich Appel of Whatcom Family Farmers submitted this response. by … Continue reading

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