December 18, 2014 Comments (0) journal

Puget Sound has approximately 2,500 miles of sheltered coastline and of that, more than one-third is armored. Property owners, concerned about erosion along their individual sections of the shoreline, construct bulkheads of concrete, stone or logs to heel back the waters, thus holding

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Lions in the night

California sea lions are common around the waters of south Puget Sound, but only in

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High tides and crazy winds

It’s the stormy time of year in the Pacific Northwest. The Pineapple Express

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Message in a Plastic Bottle - First Look

"Message in a Plastic Bottle," due to be released in spring 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

November 2014 ..... Conclusion of 2014 Tacoma Shoreline Survey COMPLETED
December 2014 ..... Cape Flattery Area Surveys COMPLETED
May 2015 ..... Puget Trail Journey

"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 early next year 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 in 2015 and see where your town will be and what it will look like years from now.