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The Planet, Winter 2004, Bellingham Bay



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Publication Date

Winter 2004


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

Editor in Chief

Loerch, Jessi


Western Washington University


Bellingham, WA

Production Staff

Associate Editors: Andy Aley, Torhil Dunham. Colin McDonald; Science Editor: Jessica Stahl; Designers: Joe Kohlhas, Dan Petrzelka; Photographers: Ben Arnold, Jamie Clark, Lucas Henning, Nicole Mills; Reporters: Ian Alexander, Stefanie Ask, Laurie Ballew, Andrea Boyle, Ben Brockhaus-Hall, Seamus Burke, Emily Butterfield, Jamie Clark, Connor Clark-Lindh, Dan Heaton, Lucas Henning, Annie Johnson, Laurel Kaminski, Darcey Maher, Carrie Meredith, Nausheen Mohamedali, Carrie Peters, Joni Schiffner, Gig Schlich, Drew Swayne, Jen Rittenhouse, Cetan Wanbli Williams, Anastasia Wright; Planet Radio Producer: Aaron Managhan; Online Editor: David Stone

Photography Editor

Traisman, Anya


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

Shifting Shoreline by Annie Johnson

Bellingham Bay tells the story of both the Lummi people and European settlers. The changes of the last 150 years are indicative of Bellingham’s changing attitude toward the natural world and its resources.

Vested Interest by Laurie Ballew

They have attended more meetings and spent more late nights at the office than they would care to admit. But these dedicated individuals have willingly made sacrifices to ensure the cleanup of Bellingham Bay is done with the bay’s and Bellingham’s future in mind.

Economic Evolution by Seamus Burke

Industry on Bellingham Bay has a long and storied past. Many of the businesses have disappeared and what is left has had to adapt, evolve and specialize to remain profitable.

Lost Flocks by Emily Butterfield

While once plentiful and diverse, bird populations around Bellingham Bay are decreasing. Many experts believe that human disturbance of the environment has led to the decline.

Sea Change by Nausheen Mohamedali

While Bellingham Bay has faced years of contamination, life still fills the waters and conditions may be improving. From octopi to seals to sea stars, a variety of marine animals call the bay home.

Wreckage by Ian Alexander

On the water, boats can bring people pleasure and relaxation. Below the water, they can cause serious harm to water quality and marine life.

Rural Character by Lucas Henning

Residents of Lummi Island are struggling with expansion, a growing population and the debate over a potentially overtaxed water supply. While trying to maintain the island’s small-town elements, residents are facing plans that might change the character of their island.

50-50 by Ben Brockhaus-Hall

Thirty years ago. Judge George Hugo Boldt handed down his ruling for U.S. v. Washington. Known as the Boldt decision, it reaffirmed treaty-fishing rights for Washington state tribes and sent shock waves through the fishing industry that are still felt today.

Trash Transgressions by Gig Schlich

In the case of the Cornwall Avenue landfill, hindsight is most certainly 20-20. While dumping municipal and industrial trash on shallow tidelands seemed like a good idea in the 1950s, the consequences of the act surfaced in 1992 and have plagued city officials and planners since.

Grounds for Dispute by Jamie Clark

Connected to the mainland by a small strip of land that disappears with the tide. Portage Island represents one dispute between Whatcom County and the Lummi Nation — one that remains unresolved.

Growing Grass by Drew Swayne

Most people never see the bay’s meadows of eelgrass but they are vital habitat. The eelgrass provides food and shelter for a wide variety of marine life. Local environmental advocates are working to ensure that eelgrass has healthy places to grow in the bay.

Public Access by Laurel Kaminski

Garbage dumps, boulder-lined lawns, boardwalks and short pebble beaches make up Bellingham’s beach access. As Bellingham’s economy changes, will opportunities arise to improve waterfront access?

Keeping Tabs by Joni Schiffner

Wendy Steffensen’s days revolve around protecting Bellingham Bay and the surrounding waters. As the North Sound BayKeeper, she keeps her eye on the natural environment and government plans. She serves as an educator, advocate and watchdog.




Publication at Western Washington University

Geographic Coverage

Washington (State)


Environmental Sciences | Higher Education | Journalism Studies


Student publication, Ecology, Environmental Studies

Document Type


Subject-Topical (LCSH)

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

Subject-Names (LCNAF)

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


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The Planet, 2004, Winter

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