Roberts Bank Terminal 2 project is a looming environmental disaster

November 20, 2023
Roger Emsley

Commentary: What started as a single man-made pod in the estuary is now a massive port complex with both coal and three-berth container terminals and many trains daily.

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State-mandated tree clearings will not improve wildfire resiliency

November 7, 2023
Michael Feerer

Commentary: The State Building Code Council’s proposed wildfire defensible space rules should be withdrawn.

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Managing tourism at core of destination plan controversy

October 29, 2023
Nancy DeVaux

Undocumented claims, local rants and raves are rolling in as the comment deadline nears for San Juan County’s Draft Destination Management Plan.

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Lopez Island ‘most special place’ to be held in local control

October 24, 2023
Nancy DeVaux

Watmough Bay Higgins property management discussions raise issues of tribal, federal co-management.

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Myriad major threats to Salish Sea in proposed BC port terminal expansion

October 19, 2023
Derek Moscato

Commentary: It’s time for residents across the Salish Sea region to come together and holistically assess long-term implications of a historically significant infrastructure project proposed at Roberts Bank in Lower British Columbia.

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Could selling sewage save the Salish Sea?

September 29, 2023
John Stang / Crosscut

Waste flushed into Puget Sound harms fish and marine life. A nutrient pricing system — like Washington’s cap-and-trade program — may curb pollution.

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Locals in small operation take on ‘tall order’ in marine ecosystem

September 22, 2023
Adam M. Sowards

Volunteer power is channeled into marine conservation by the Northwest Straits Initiative.

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Beach eggs

August 23, 2023
Wendy Feltham

A photographer provides an up-close and personal look at eggs found on beaches in or near Port Townsend.

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R2AK: North by Northwest

June 9, 2023
Ross Anderson

The annual wind- or human-powered — no engines — Race to Alaska is becoming a quintessential Northwest experience.

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Senate bill changing vessel-orca distance moves forward

April 14, 2023
Nancy DeVaux

Keeping our distance from the whales: 1,000-yard rule for all vessels passes both Washington houses.

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Modern conservation corps meshes care for land, health for youths

April 13, 2023
Gretchen K. Wing

Youth Conservation Corps in the Salish Sea region offer a prescription for youths’ mental, cultural and spiritual health — and a means to care for the land.

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How much of orca decline is in their DNA?

December 9, 2022
Kai Uyehara

Southern Resident killer whales are beset by the threats of diminished prey, chemical pollution, loss of habitat, and underwater noise. Can DNA research help toward their recovery?

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Researchers, growers face the challenge of acidic ocean water

November 3, 2022
Rena Kingery

Salish Sea waters are acidifying faster than ever before, but researchers in Washington are leading the world in addressing the looming disaster.

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Devastating wasting illness of influential, iconic sea stars still a mystery

October 21, 2022
Rena Kingery

Sea star wasting syndrome still threatens area sea stars, but community scientists and researchers are helping to shed light on the mysterious illness.

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photo: Linnea Hoover © 2022

Dead gray whale: a sign of what’s to come?

June 17, 2022
Cooper Castelle

The emaciated body of a dead gray whale washed up on a Salish Sea beach raises questions about food supply and species survival.

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Old is new again with early music festival

May 12, 2022
Kenneth Duncan

Salish Sea festival brings baroque music played on period instruments out of the past for local audiences.

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