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Kids and Garbage

May 19, 2015 Comments (0) journal

For the past few months I’ve been working with Jan Adams from the Foss Waterway Seaport here in Tacoma on setting up an art exhibit that focuses on marine plastic debris. We put together a pilot program that linked artists and engineers with classes from Sherman Elementary and

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The Paddle in Seattle

Oil and water don’t mix. Offshore oil development has been one of the most

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blue-vision-summit May 8, 2015

Water Talk

I’m leaving this weekend for the Blue Vision Summit in Washington DC.

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Message in a Plastic Bottle - Limited Copies Still Available

"Message in a Plastic Bottle," is a 22-minute film that documents the improbable voyage of the Hyas yiem, a kayak built out of discarded plastic bottles, from Olympia to Bellingham, 150 miles through the waters of Puget Sound. This festival-length film, along with the new book of the same name, explores the role that plastic plays in all of our lives and what that means for the fate of the oceans. Equal parts wonder and warning, this unique film and book set captures the beauty of Washington's inland coast while examining the effects of plastic in this unique marine environment. Get your copy today by contacting the Ikkatsu Project via phone or email. Only $25 while supplies last.

Standing Up

A standup paddleboard made from discarded plastic bottles - and a challenge to rethink single-use plastics. This short film was produced by Robert Entenman and a team of students from UW-Tacoma.

Upcoming Fieldwork and Expeditions

May 2015 ..... Puget Trail Journey
This kayaking trip through south Puget Sound will combine history and science while retracing Puget's path of 225 years ago.
July 2015 ..... The Puyallup; Source to the Sea
What is a watershed? In this case, the Puyallup River watershed, that starts high on the flanks of the Pacific Northwest's most iconic mountain and follows a winding route to the waters of Commencement Bay, 45 miles in all. It would be interesting to follow the river's path; it seems like might be some lessons there...

"Blue Line 2015"

As sea levels rise, the low-lying waterfronts of today are destined to become the tide flats of tomorrow. Although the rate of change is difficult to estimate with absolute certainty, there is no question about the overall trend and direction. The Ikkatsu Project interactive program "Blue Line 2015," is set to begin later in 2015 as a way of previewing the possible futures of coastal communities all over the Pacific Northwest. The blue line on current charts that shows where the water stops and the land begins is not some permanent fixture; indeed, it is already changing. Follow along when the program goes live and see where your town will be and what it will look like years from now.