Derailment Fire

Working on the Railroad

July 2, 2015 Comments (0) journal

Lately, I’ve been doing a little work involving oil spill response training. When spills occur, as was the case last month in the waters west of Santa Barbara, wildlife is impacted and shorelines are fouled for miles. With the currents we have swirling through Puget Sound, oil in

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Divine Intervention

Boyan Slat is a young engineer from Holland who has a plan to vacuum plastic

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The Dry Season

According to the Washington State Department of Ecology, we are in a world of hurt

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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.

Chief Kitsap Academy - The Arrival of the Hyas yiem

This film was shot by students from the Suquamish tribal school, Chief Kitsap Academy, in April of 2014. The footage of the students as they prepared to get their canoes to the shore and the way they worked together to make their boats glide so elegantly on the water, all of it speaks to the pride and power of an amazing heritage. It was a memorable part of the "Message in a Plastic Bottle," and to watch it again here is a reminder of the honor of the experience. (Thanks to Karen Matsumoto and her students for all their support.)

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.
August 2015 ..... Path of the Puyallup; Source to the Sea
This week-long expedition will explore the Puyallup River watershed, starting high on the flanks of the Pacific Northwest's most iconic mountain and following a winding route to the salty waters of Commencement Bay.
Ongoing ..... Mussel collection, Puget Sound. Sampling being done in various places throughout the Sound for microplastics study being done at the University of Puget Sound, in Tacoma. (Nick Lyon, UPS)

Path of the Puyallup

Early this coming August, the Ikkatsu Project will be traveling the length of the Puyallup River, from its source on a glacier high on the flanks of Mount Rainier out through 45 miles of alpine wilderness and rich farmland and on to the salt water of Puget Sound. The trip will be made via mountain bike, backpacking and canoe and part of the expedition duties will include plastic surveys at points along the way as well as continuing to collect water samples for the Global Microplastics Project. Eighty percent of marine plastic debris comes from sources on land and much of that begins higher up in the watersheds. These surveys and samples will help to quantify some of the sources of plastic pollution and how we can minimize our environmental footprint.

And this year, it’s going to be all about the water. Or, more precisely, the lack of water. Is the 5% snowpack level in the Cascades going to be the new normal during this time of climate change? What are the impacts going to be on climbers, farmers, salmon and those others who depend on the river? This is a story of receding glaciers, lower-than-average rainfall and summer temperatures that are continually breaking records. More information posted frequently (above), including updates from the field.