Category Archives: Environmental

Preserving Eelgrass While Remediating Legacy Contamination

What do you do when the State requires you to take action, yet prohibits that action? It’s a conundrum that takes imagination and determination. The Setup For over 100 years, several companies used the nearshore at the former Custom Plywood … Continue reading

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Diving In – The Promise of Social Marketing for Storm Water Education

  Individuals have a direct influence on storm water quality in their communities, and regulators strongly emphasize public education and involvement campaigns in municipal storm water management programs. But how can leaders convince residents to pick up after pets, reduce … Continue reading

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Invasions Are Not Just Military

One of the most destructive forces on an ecosystem is a non-native species with no natural predators or other natural controls. These species can overtake their new home in an extraordinarily short period of time by multiplying, consuming prey, and … Continue reading

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Shaken and Stirred: Northwest Earthquake and Tsunami

Suddenly the Pacific Northwest is on the national stage for its earthquake and tsunami vulnerability, thanks to a New Yorker article. “The Really Big One,” by Kathryn Schulz, has triggered attention from dozens of local papers and news sites. Yet … Continue reading

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Applying Net Environmental Benefit Analysis to Contaminated Sites

First, do no harm…. Or at least don’t do more harm than good. That’s the idea behind NEBA—Net Environmental Benefit Analysis—as applied to the cleanup of contaminated sites. As defined by a vintage 1990s Department of Energy paper on the … Continue reading

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eDNA: A Powerful Tool for Scientists and Managers

Detecting the presence or absence of a species of interest is a common challenge for scientists and fisheries managers. Whether you’re interested in protecting an endangered species or removing an invasive species, knowing where they are or are not is … Continue reading

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Emerging Contaminants – Perfluorinated Compounds

You could say that perfluorinated compounds (PFCs) are the Superheros of chemicals. They resist heat and other chemicals, have dielectric properties, make things slippery, and repel grease and water. That’s why they’re used in fire-fighting foams, semiconductor manufacturing, medical implant … Continue reading

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