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The Planet, Spring 2017, The Clean Water Issue



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Publication Date

Spring 2017


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

Editor in Chief

Kolwey, Frederica


Western Washington University


Bellingham, WA

Production Staff

Managing Editor: Andrew Wise; Editors: Keiko Betcher, Rachel Hunter, Allura Peterson; Science Editor: Erica Faburrieta; Assistant Editor: Yuki Nakajima; Designers: Alicia Terry, Oliver Amyakar, Andy Lai, Frances Dierken; Writers: Madison Churchill, Christina Darnell, Xander Davidson, Joshua DeJong, Kelsey Fowler, Sascha Guenter-Schlesinger, Robert Johnson, Tyler Kendig, Manuel Larrain, Julia Mattingly, Logan Portteus, Meghan Saunders, Emily Schauble, Meghan Schilling, Jade Thurston, Synnove Vandal, Breyanna Waldsmith, Mattie Wilsie, Mikhaela Woodward; Photographers: Miranda Abrashi, Regan Bervar, Lincoln Humphry, Ilana Newman, Mathew Roland; Multimedia Editor: Robert Dudzik, Videographers: Paul Bikis, Kjell; Social Media Editor: Alyssa Sanchez

Photography Editor

Hitchner, Mike


Cornwall, Warren

Publisher (Digital Object)

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

Table of Contents


Near a lake that straddles the border with Canada, environmentalists fight a losing battle to protect trumpeter swans from lead poisoning.

Keeping Pollution at Bay

Whatcom County farmers and Lummi Nation shellfish harvesters sign an agreement to improve water quality in Portage Bay.

Pipeline Watchdog

Almost two decades after the Olympic Pipeline explosion in Bellingham, Carl Weimer continues the fight to improve national pipeline safety standards.

Coal’s Toal

Environmental groups and BNSF Railways reached a precedent-setting settlement to address water contamination from uncovered coal train cars.

Out of the Weeds

Local stewards and city employees work to maintain small gardens in Bellingham designed to keep pollution out of stormwater drains.

Foraging for Answers

The Pacific herring stock at Cherry Point offers scientists clues on maintaining biodiversity in the Puget Sound.

Ballistic Botany

A University of Washington scientist genetically modifies grass to break down a toxic chemical.

Extinguishing the Well

Chemicals used by the Navy for decades have been found in drinking water wells on Whidbey Island, forcing residents to find a new source of water.

History Repeating

The first EPA administrator, William Ruckelshaus, discusses parallels he sees between the Trump and Reagan administrations, and the role he believes the EPA should play today.


The rescue tugboat in Neah Bay is constantly on call to tow distressed ships to shore and avoid oil spills in the Strait of Juan de Fuca.




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, 2017, Spring

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