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WWU monitors say Lake Whatcom water quality showing signs of improvement

“When humans make changes, anything that kinda disturbs the watershed, those activities have the potential to release sediment, that can run off into the lake. That sediment often contains pretty high levels of phosphorus,” Angela Strecker, director of the Western Washington University Institute…

Skagit County sites included in Salish Sea seaweed toxicity study

The toxicity levels of seaweed at two Skagit County sites were included in a Salish Sea study done by Western Washington University researchers

The study, published in the scientific journal PLoS One on Sept. 23, looked at three species of edible seaweed at 43 Salish…

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Researchers probe into region’s ‘blue carbon’

wo recent studies by researchers at Western Washington University evaluated the carbon content in eelgrass meadows in Skagit County.

Flinging fish for science

Core testing was left to colleagues at Western Washington University like 

WWU’s Leo Bodensteiner Working to Solve the Puzzle of the Skagit River Steelhead 2018-11-02
How 600,000 pounds of dead fish affected Alaskan trees

At the start of the spawning season in July, it is common to see up to several thousand sockeye swarming the mouth of the creek, their ruby-red bodies jostling in water less than 2 inches deep.

“At some point they just go for it,” Quinn says. “They are basically swimming over what’s…

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