When the Well Runs Dry

August 3, 2015 Comments (0) journal

A river is the report card for its watershed. – Alan Levere This project, this up-close observation of a changing river, grew out of the realization that I didn’t know my watershed as well as I thought I did. I sit on a local environmental education committee and work on projects

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The news channels and the twitterverse are all aflutter at the moment over the

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Long Beach

At the Surfrider Cascadia conference here in Long Beach for the weekend. I am always

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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.

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.

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.)