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The Planet, Winter 2002, Source to Sea: The Nooksack River



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Publication Date

Winter 2002


Western Washington University. Associated Students. Environmental Center; Huxley College of the Environment; Huxley College of Environmental Studies

Editor in Chief

Pulkkinen, Levi


Western Washington University


Bellingham, WA

Production Staff

Associate Editors: Kate Koch, Sarah Loehndorf; Science Editor: Colin Dietrich; Designers: Mary Berkley, Kelsi Giswold; Staff Photographers: Chris Goodenow, Quoc Tran; Staff Writers: Adam Argento, Alison Bickerstaff, Matt Bucher, Jenny Buening, Eric Conn, Gerald Craft, Carley Graham, Tam Huynh, Vivian Lian, Paul Olund, Amanda Patterson, Kim Voros; Planet Radio Producer: Alyson Chapin; Planet Radio Reporters: Eric Conn, Josh Haupt, Bradley Pavlik; Online Editor: Kate Granat

Photography Editor

Galbraith, Sarah


Brennan, Scott R.

Publisher (Digital Object)

Resources made available by The Planet and Special Collections, Heritage Resources, Western Libraries, Western Washington University.

Table of Contents

The Nooksack: Winding through History. In Whatcom County’s short history, the Nooksack River plays a leading role, shaping the communities that have grown up on its shores and in its watershed. By Tam Huynh

Stewardship. Though the metamorphosis from small farm to agribusiness has unsettling environmental consequences, recent progress gives some reason for hope. By Amanda Patterson

Slopes and Boats. From the Mount Baker Banked Slalom to the Ski-to-Sea relay race, the Nooksack watershed provides the region with countless recreational outlets. By Vivian Lian

Wretched Water. Torn between development and conservation. Lake Whatcom’s future is in jeopardy, and with it the futures of more than 85,700 people who drink from it. By Matt Bucher

The Primary Compound. Water is an integral part of everyday life. All life in Whatcom County drinks it and plays in it. Photographs by Sarah Galbraith & Chris Goodenow

‘Totally Unacceptable’. When, on Dec. 14, 2001, raw sewage was discharged onto Sudden Valley Golf Course, few were left to wonder why the situation is “totally unacceptable.” By Alison Bickerstaff

Assessing Value. Regulations on the timber industry are now commonplace, but they may not prevent disasters like the 1983 mudslides which ravaged Whatcom County. By Gerald Craft

Brink of Extinction. Salmon in the Nooksack River were a defining element of Whatcom County; but today, they may only exist because of fish hatcheries intervention. By Carley Graham

From the Ashes. While Whatcom Creek recovers from the 1999 explosion, three families grieve for their lost sons and wait for meaningful pipeline-safety regulation. By Jenny Buening

Everybody’s Problem. When cancerous growths and sores were found in fish grown in a Lummi fishery, the tribe was forced to shut down another part of a system that once sustained it. By Paul Oland

An Overdue Solution. Bellingham Bay’s resurrection may be at hand. After six years of looking, a government and industry consortium has found a way to bring life back to the dead bay. By Kim Voros




Publication at Western Washington University

Geographic Coverage

Washington (State)


Environmental Sciences | Higher Education | Journalism Studies


Student publication, Ecology, Environmental Studies

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Human ecology--Washington (State)--Periodicals; Ecology--Washington (State)--Periodicals

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Western Washington University--Students--Periodicals; Huxley College of the Environment--Students--Periodicals


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The Planet, 2002, Winter

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