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  June 2020

About Lake Whatcom

Lake Whatcom is the primary drinking water source for about 100,000 residents of Whatcom County. The lake is comprised of three sub-basins from which water samples are collected in October through December, in February and April through September each year. … Continue reading

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  June 2020

Lake Whatcom Is in Decline

A Matter of Priorities The take-home message in the latest Lake Whatcom Monitoring Report is that our community’s primary drinking water source is continuing to decline (Matthews et al. 2020). The good news is we are supposedly on track to … Continue reading

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  June 2020

Climate Change and Public Health

Our world now faces two interrelated and simultaneous public health crises: the coronavirus pandemic and climate change. With the global death toll from Covid-19 already over 350,000 in less than six months, and so many essential workers risking their lives … Continue reading

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  May 2020

Note to Readers

During this uncertain time, Whatcom Watch is not suffering like a lot of free publications, which are dependent on advertising for revenue. Subscribers provide the majority of our income. Last year, 40 percent of our revenue was from advertising, up … Continue reading

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  May 2020

Mt. Baker Glaciers Are Disappearing

On the first of August 2019, a team of five glaciologists at various levels in their careers hiked through the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest. Stepping out of the trees and into a field of purple and yellow wildflowers, the team … Continue reading

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  May 2020

Washington: A Democracy Leader

But there is too much big money in our politics  In 2011, when Washington state adopted voting by mail for all elections, we weren’t thinking that we would be preparing ourselves for the coronavirus crisis, but we were. All across … Continue reading

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  April 2020

Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day

This article first appeared in the winter 2020 issue of The Planet magazine, a publication of Western Washington University’s Huxley College of the Environment. For Denis Hayes, there had been no environmental movement. It was the ‘60s and civil rights, … Continue reading

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  April 2020

Inspiration Farm and Permaculture

Inspiration Farm has opened my eyes to the world of permaculture. You may have heard the terms “food forest” and “food jungle,” but a food forest is not just a scattering of seeds left to chance. It is thoughtfully planned, … Continue reading

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  March 2020

Whatcom Forests Provide Resilience Amidst Changing Climate

At a recent meeting of the Whatcom County Climate Impact Advisory Committee (CIAC), County Executive Satpal Sidhu stated that he would like to see our community plant a million additional trees over the next five years in response to climate … Continue reading

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  March 2020

Local Community Energy Challenge

If you’re aware of our current climate crisis, chances are you’ve contemplated ways to reduce your personal contribution to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. For some it might mean purchasing a highly efficient electric vehicle, or using different modes of transportation, … Continue reading

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