Giant hornet effort approaches milestone as another pest shows up
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.
Canada approved a major port expansion in endangered orca habitat — now it’s going to court
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 capacity of Canada’s largest port.
50 years after Boldt Decision: new and lingering challenges to salmon recovery
As Washington treaty tribes mark the 50th anniversary next week of the Boldt Decision, challenges to a sustainable salmon population remain.
Green hydrogen plans take shape for former Alcoa site at Cherry Point
Renewable power supply and tribal consultation could present hurdles for dreams of green power and local jobs.
Sumas Lake: a once (and future?) feature of the border
The catastrophic floods of November 2021 on both sides of the U.S.-Canada border brought to mind an Ice Age souvenir that many Whatcom residents didn’t know existed.
Pipeline growth booms; US agency in charge of safety struggles to keep up
While thousands of miles of natural gas, crude oil and carbon dioxide pipelines have been added to the national network in recent years, the federal agency responsible for ensuring safety has not kept up.
The Skagit: Seattle City Light and a river to fight over
A river as magnificent as the Skagit will inevitably be fought over. The Skagit delta is where diverse interests converge — fish, farms, and now, Seattle’s endless need for hydroelectric power.
Skagit’s white birds of winter are ambassadors among land use, values conflicts
Hunters, tourists, wildlife photographers, birdwatchers and farmers have distinct relationships and sometimes competing interests when it comes to these wintering flocks.
Samish Nation protects ‘breathtaking’ kelp forests, nearshore habitat
Restoration work by the Samish Indian Nation is addressing the 36% decline in kelp forest acreage in the San Juan archipelago.
Cleanups move ahead at polluted Anacortes waterfront sites
Twenty-four waterfront sites — with more to come — have been cleaned up in Anacortes by removing fuel tanks, contaminated soil, creosote-treated pilings and dilapidated overwater.
Returning grizzly bears to the North Cascades
There are cultural, ecological and legal obligations to return the bears.
Lopez Island ‘most special place’ to be held in local control
Watmough Bay Higgins property management discussions raise issues of tribal, federal co-management.
Could selling sewage save the Salish Sea?
Waste flushed into Puget Sound harms fish and marine life. A nutrient pricing system — like Washington’s cap-and-trade program — may curb pollution.
Locals in small operation take on ‘tall order’ in marine ecosystem
Volunteer power is channeled into marine conservation by the Northwest Straits Initiative.
Elephant seal Elsie Mae teaches, inspires during molting haulout
A quirky northern elephant seal had much to teach visitors to an Anacortes beach this summer.
To the rescue: saving lives, taking action on plastic trash in the Salish Sea
“To the Rescue: Protecting Life in the Salish Sea” will feature a talk and a free exclusive screening of a dramatic rescue film by the head veterinarian and director of animal health at the Vancouver Aquarium.