The Ikkatsu Project had its start on the roadless coast of the Olympic Peninsula, surveying remote beaches for marine debris. In July of 2016, Director Ken Campbell made the trip again, visiting many of the same places that were studied on that first trip, looking for what has and has not changed. A feature film is planned, but for now, this first trailer outlines the issue and gives a real sense of the beauty and wild nature of the coast, and reminds each of us of the impact of plastic in the ocean.
Path of the Puyallup - PWI Presentation Short
The recent journey from the glacier to the bay provided some amazing looks at the connections here in the Puyallup River Watershed. From the high flanks of Mount Rainier to Tacoma's Commencement Bay, the river defines the region and to be able to travel it from one end to the other was a powerful experience. Look for a short film next spring... meanwhile, here's a look at the short that was presented at the 2015 Puyallup Watershed Gathering, just to get it started.
2016: A Busy Summer (& Fall, & Winter)
The pilot program from the Ikkatsu Project and the Foss Waterway Seaport wrapped up this June. It was a hands-on effort working with middle school science students to document freshwater plastics in the Puyallup River Watershed. The students came from six different districts and survey sites ranged from the upper reaches of the Carbon River to the brine of Commencement Bay. Preliminary results of the testing should be posted by the end of August. This project was made possible by a generous grant from The Russell Family Foundation.
With the Roadless Coast Redux in the books (see video elsewhere on this page), the thoughts naturally turn to the next trip, the next chance to play out in nature. There are a few short outings on the calendar, but nothing major in the pipeline for the rest of the year. (Unless you think that the Coastal Cleanup, a Straits crossing and a visit to Destruction Island aren't 'major.") More on all these in the blog...
And, with the support of the Puyallup Watershed Initiative, the Ikkatsu Project will be represented at this year's North American Association of Environmental Educators (NAAEE) in Madison, Wisconsin, this October. I'll be helping to lead a workshop on collective impact in EE, taking some of the lessons learned here and putting them out to a wide, new audience.