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Add wildfire, climate change to the list of Lake Whatcom worries

As for those less-than-dramatic pollution results, Angela Strecker, Western Washington University’s director of the Institute for Watershed Studies, explained that measures of phosphorus, dissolved oxygen and algae blooms were more or less stable, although phosphorus appeared to be declining…

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…

Water Watchdogs: Inside the Work of WWU’s Institute for Watershed Studies 2023-11-27
Research Recap for March 5 2021-03-05
Research Recap for March 5 2021-03-05
Women in Ecology – Angela Strecker

If you’ve been following our Women in Ecology series, you’ve probably noticed a few common themes: the value of mentorship in STEM fields is highly important, and gender diversity in the workplace continues…

New EPA rules could allow for more polluted waters, and tribes and state officials are worried

Some researchers say the extent of possible changes to health risks based on the water quality standard adjustments are difficult to pin down.  

"Anytime a regulation is changed, there's actually a calculation that's supposed to be done. There are often assumptions made in…

‘We can all be scientists’: Here’s how

At its heart, so much about the scientific discoveries that have moved human civilization forward comes down to one thing: data.

For hundreds of years, this paradigm has ruled the scientific process – scientist collects data, scientist analyzes data, scientist comes to conclusion based…

Algae: A Love Story 2018-03-07
What will it take to get phosphorous pollution out of Lake Whatcom?

It will take years to restore Lake Whatcom to what it was, just as it took years for the problem to develop.

“The lake is still showing signs of residential runoff. It’s going to take time. It’s going to take more time than people want to give it. It’s the kind of…

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