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  August 2020

The Story Behind My 200 Columns in Whatcom Watch

Since I was informed this would be my 200th Beaks and Bills column, it seemed appropriate to trace the primary subject matter of the 199 columns that came before this one. And while we’re at it, maybe I can add … Continue reading

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  August 2020

Grant Protects California Creek Estuary and Drayton Harbor

A new $915,000 grant funded by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Coastal Wetlands Conservation Grant Program will enable further protection and recovery of water quality and habitat through the purchase of coastal wetland properties along California Creek, a tributary of … Continue reading

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  July 2020

Fighting for Everyone’s Right to Carcinogen-Free Seafood

Environmental groups, regional tribes and fishing organizations defend community health and critical protections for the consumption of Puget Sound fish. On June 11, RE Sources alongside regional tribes, environmental groups, water quality advocates and fishing organizations announced we are going … Continue reading

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  July 2020

Untangling the Wires Understanding Tech, Recognizing Fiber

This article is based on an ongoing conversation with Jon Humphrey, who has been a Bellingham resident for 10 years. Jon built his first computer when he was 12, and has been deeply involved in technology ever since. Holding a … Continue reading

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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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