Guemes Island Archives - Salish Current

Legislators throw a life ring to Washington’s ‘other’ ferries

February 21, 2024
Tom Banse
Increased state aid for Guemes Island ferry replacement and a new Kitsap hydrofoil ferry comes with a catch: voters must reject climate act repeal initiative.
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Elephant seal Elsie Mae teaches, inspires during molting haulout

September 22, 2023
Richard Arlin Walker

A quirky northern elephant seal had much to teach visitors to an Anacortes beach this summer.

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Can kelp farming help save our marine environment?

October 7, 2022
Richard Arlin Walker

SEA2SEED, a Guemes Island nonprofit, sees multiple benefits from kelp, for land and sea.

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Islanders grapple with concerns over a finite resource: water

August 18, 2022
Clifford Heberden

Aquifers around the Salish Sea are at risk from seawater intrusion, exhaustion and the concern that replenishment could become more and more difficult with the changing climate.

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Keep walking, or keep off? Guemes beach-walking pushes question of private property versus public access

January 27, 2022
Lauren Gallup

Disagreement between those who hold to a long-established practice on Guemes Island of public access to walking across privately owned tidelands and a property owner’s opposition to what he sees as trespassing has evolved into a lawsuit.

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photo: Elisa Claassen © 2021

Water supply on Guemes: an island paradise faces challenges

July 27, 2021
Elisa Claassen

More people and rising sea levels mean continuously increasing freshwater challenges on Guemes Island, compelling action on the part of individuals and possibly government — to ensure enough water supply to meet demand.

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Water concerns spark funding request for groundwater studies for San Juans, Guemes

January 21, 2020
Louise Dustrude

Concerns of island residents about water supply sustainability motivated requests by 40th District Sen. Liz Lovelett for state funds for groundwater studies. As of adjournment of the 2020 state legislative session on March 12, Lovelett’s office reported that funding for groundwater studies on Guemes Island and in San Juan County were approved and included in the capital budget.

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