July 2021 (volume 30, issue 7)

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

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

Pearrygin Lake 2021

  Washington Pass on State Highway 20 was opened for cross-state travel in mid-May, triggering our traditional itch to spend a few days on the drier and typically warmer side of the Cascades. On a nice west side Sunday morning, … Continue reading

Outdated Wastewater Facilities Undermine Water Quality Gains

We’ve seen some real progress over the past few years in efforts to prevent human waste from damaging the health of Puget Sound and the Washington coast. Still, we face a chronic problem with outdated wastewater treatment plants that undermine … Continue reading

Bellingham City Council

Action Taken at May 10, 2021 Meeting Update on COVID-19 Response Erika Lautenbach, Whatcom County Health Department Director, provided an update on Washington state’s Roadmap to Recovery. She explained that as a whole, Whatcom County is not seeing a slowing … Continue reading

Whatcom County Council

Action Taken at May 4, 2021 Meeting Shall the council: 107. Authorize the executive to a sign a 0,000 four-month contract (amendment #3) with G6 Hospitality Property? The county leases Motel 6 at 3701 Byron Ave. in Bellingham for the … Continue reading

Port of Bellingham Commission

Action Taken at May 4, 2021 Meeting Shall the commission: 56. Add certain administrative powers and duties to the executive director position? At the 1/19/2021 meeting, vote # 11, the commission authorized the executive director to manage all personnel matters … Continue reading

County Climate Impact Advisory Committee Is Releasing Action Plan for Public Comment

The Climate Impact Advisory Committee (CIAC) announced during their June 3 meeting that they tentatively plan to release their draft of the county’s Climate Action Plan (CAP) to the public on June 29. The public comment period is currently scheduled … Continue reading

Supporting Those Living With Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease

Editor’s Note: There are over 100 organizations in Whatcom County working to provide supportive services to those experiencing chronic poverty and its associated effects: addiction, homelessness, incarceration, mental illness, and unemployment. Whatcom Watch believes these organizations often labor unnoticed by … Continue reading

poetrywatch

“When power leads man toward arrogance, poetry reminds him of his limitations. When power narrows the area of man’s concern, poetry reminds him of the richness and diversity of existence. When power corrupts, poetry cleanses.” — John F. Kennedy Do … Continue reading

Mercury Contamination Threatens Health of Lake Whatcom

Since January 2014, Whatcom Watch has been rerunning articles from issues printed 20 years ago. The below article appeared in the July 2001 issue of Whatcom Watch. Editor’s Note: Part I can be read at: http://www.whatcomwatch.org/old_issues/v10i6.  html#story1. The following article … Continue reading

High Levels of Biotoxin Found in Wiser Lake

Recent sampling at Wiser Lake detected microcystin, a toxin produced by algae, at levels that may be harmful to people and pets. Toxin levels are more than 20 times the maximum safe level established by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. … Continue reading

Whatcom County Candidates

 Background: Lake Whatcom is the drinking water source for Bellingham and surrounding areas, such as Sudden Valley. Many activities – from logging and development, to pesticides and invasive mussels hitching rides on uninspected boats – threaten the quality of our … Continue reading

City of Bellingham Candidates

Background: Lake Whatcom is the drinking water source for Bellingham and surrounding areas, such as Sudden Valley. Many activities – from logging and development, to pesticides and invasive mussels hitching rides on uninspected boats – threaten the quality of our … Continue reading