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Looking Downstream

June 14, 2021 Comments (0) journal

You can hear it before you ever see it. The trail twists and turns, rises and falls, and with each dip and curl the sound changes, steadily getting louder with each step. With the canoe balanced on your shoulders and your head up under it as you walk, the sound sort of echoes and bounces

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June 10, 2021

The Numbers

Ok… this all takes some time to collate and cross-check and data entry is not

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June 6, 2021

Survey Complete

There were a few times during the day when I thought it might be possible to turn a

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In a Nutshell

Since the Ikkatsu Project came together in 2012, every year has been a little different. While we continue to build programs around single-use plastic and the effects that plastic has in the marine environment, there are other focus areas throughout the Salish Sea watershed that catch a significant portion of our efforts. This bioregional emphasis forms the basis for continuing programs, and you can expect our work to highlight the connections among the different ecosystems here in the heart of Cascadia.

Data collection and analysis, education and outreach are at the heart of what the Ikkatsu Project is all about. Beyond the science, however, are other perspectives that can help to make what we are doing and saying relevant and important to those who hear it. There's no doubt that this is an environmentally-focused organization, but we are always looking for new ways to tell the story of this place. The ongoing blog helps to bring some of these stories to light, and the regular expeditions and fieldwork often bring out the history and adventure that can be found here in this part of the Northwest.

The Ikkatsu Project is funded by donations. We only do one fundraising event each year (centered around Giving Tuesday), and there are no elaborate galas or black-tie events on our calendar, but that doesn't mean your ongoing support isn't needed and valued. What we can promise is the chance to see all of your contribution get put toward direct program expenses, from marine debris research and education to stream surveys to high country fieldwork. Thanks to all who have already contributed (and if you would like to be a part of it all, the "Donate" button is on the right side of this page. Any amount helps and the gratitude runs deep).

"Decision"

From one of the most remote locations in southeast Alaska comes a story of wilderness, kayaking and marine debris. Beautifully filmed and edited by Beau Gaughran, this film is both a celebration of wild spaces and a cautionary tale about how we are all connected. Here it is, for free (for now), courtesy of Werner Paddles. It's been accepted into several film festivals (fingers crossed) and it is also part of the lineup of legendary outdoor films over at Duct Tape Diaries, sponsored by NRS. Here's your link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6dWBBMt7HsU&t=5s