A Matter of Conscience

March 25, 2015 Comments (0) journal

When I first started kayaking in Puget Sound, George Bush was President. The first George Bush, the one who actually spoke in complete sentences. It was 1990 and my first foray into local waters took me from Owen Beach to Gig Harbor, across the north end of the Tacoma Narrows. It was a

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A Long, Quick Day

I spent the day at Sherman Elementary School in Tacoma yesterday as part of a day of

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About the Weather

It’s raining outside as I write this. Not as hard as it was earlier, but still

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Message in a Plastic Bottle - First Look

"Message in a Plastic Bottle," due to premiere at the Port Angeles Kayak & Film Festival in April of 2015, 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 film explores the effects of plastic in the marine environment while capturing the beauty and wonder of Washington's inland coast.

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.