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August 30, 2016 Comments (0) journal

I spent the past weekend down in Newport, Oregon, at the Surfrider Cascadia Summit, an annual gathering of chapters from the Pacific Northwest that brings out some of the best in the region’s environmental educators and activists. (Total number was probably between 70 and 80…

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forgotten coast (john) 172 August 20, 2016

Destruction Island in September

I can’t remember why we couldn’t get to Destruction Island on the first

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“With every drop of water you drink, every breath you take, you’re

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Path of the Puyallup - PWI Presentation Short

The 2015 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. The trip was the topic of a short film in early 2016... here's a look at the short that was presented at the 2015 Puyallup Watershed Gathering, until you get the chance to see the full presentation.

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 Washington segments of the Roadless Coast Redux already underway, the focus in the coming months will be on specific survey beaches (new and old), and finishing this year's reports. Of course, this is also the time of year when thoughts naturally turn to the next big 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.