Environment Archives - Salish Current

Green invasion hits Orcas Island’s Cascade Lake

July 10, 2024
Toby Cooper

Eurasian milfoil threatens domestic water source and state park’s aquatic gem

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Tribes seek to turn the tide on ocean acidity

June 27, 2024
Richard Arlin Walker

Tribal nations and other partners are looking for ways to reduce ocean acidity, which has increased 30% in 250 years

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After disaster strikes, how much is it worth to rebuild?

June 13, 2024
Steph Kwetásel'wet Wood, The Narwhal

In 2021, flooding in the Sumas Valley caused millions in damages. Rebuilding could cost more than twice as much as restoring the region to its natural state.

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Science denialism and the bright extinction of killer whales

May 23, 2024
Rena Kingery

Wildlife veterinarian Joe Gaydos reflects on what we know about our resident whales and why it’s so hard to save them.

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What tighter federal PFAS mandates mean for local contaminated communities

May 14, 2024
Sam Fletcher

Lowering the maximum allowed levels means that many local well tests are now close to or over the federal limit.

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OPALCO proposes to harness tidal power for San Juans

May 13, 2024
Toby Cooper

Updated: Tapping tidal flows for power generation has long been an elusive goal for clean-energy advocates. Formidable hurdles make the task far from certain.

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Pipeline explosion: Part 2 — Healing and aftermath

May 8, 2024
Meghan Fenwick

Whatcom Creek restoration and working for future safety became community efforts following the 1999 devastation.

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Pipeline explosion: Part 1 — The day Bellingham ‘lost its innocence’

May 7, 2024
Meghan Fenwick
Late on a sunny June afternoon, Bellingham was shocked as a 30,000-foot-tall wall of smoke erupted from Whatcom Falls Park.
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Storm-battered county road on Lopez target of relocation efforts

May 2, 2024
Nancy DeVaux

Access to Iceberg Point National Monument and 80 properties at risk

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Local border waters are on the cusp of a major rise in oil tanker traffic

April 29, 2024
Tom Banse

Are we ready? Completion of a Canadian pipeline expansion means more crude-carrying vessels passing through the Salish Sea en route to the Pacific, amplifying spill fears.

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Tribe, feds, state face off on stream water temperature in the Skagit

April 24, 2024
Dick Clever

Swinomish say not enough is being done to address the overheating of the Skagit’s salmon spawning and breeding streams.

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Marine mammal network to the rescue!

April 22, 2024
Meghan Fenwick

Local and regional organizations provide emergency, longer-term recovery care.

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Olympia oyster comeback impact goes beyond the menu and the shooter glass

March 18, 2024
Richard Arlin Walker

While recovery’s good news for the environment, it may be a while before this once-abundant shellfish is safe to eat.

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Way cleared for repair of Skagit tidegate critical to delta protection

March 15, 2024
Dick Clever

National Marine Fisheries Service delay “increased risk of serious harm from tidal flooding,” judge rules.

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Giant hornet effort approaches milestone as another pest shows up 

February 26, 2024
Lane Morgan

While the invasive northern giant hornet may be gone from the Salish Sea area — at least for now — sightings of another voracious invader, the prolific spongy moth, have increased.

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Canada approved a major port expansion in endangered orca habitat — now it’s going to court

February 20, 2024
Steph Kwetásel'wet Wood, The Narwhal

Just north of the U.S.-Canada border, conservation groups say the feds contravened endangered species law when they approved Roberts Bank Terminal 2 in Metro Vancouver, which would double the footprint of Canada’s largest port.

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