25 news posts from May 2012

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Science on display this weekend at FHL – San Juan Journal

As this article puts it, it’s not every community that has a world-class research facility in its back yard — and, it’s not every day that you get to explore such a facility! Check out Friday Harbor Labs’ labs, vessels, and grounds on Saturday May 19th when the whole area will be open to the public, with tours, talks and more. 

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Conservation Remix!

Tickets are on sale now for an extraordinary environmental forum—one that will change the way you see green. Presented by University of Washington’s College of the Environment, College of Arts and Sciences, and Conservation Magazine, Conservation Remix is a one-day event packed with revolutionary ideas for a greener future. You’ll hear from engineers, architects, entrepreneurs, and more who have unexpected and transformative solutions to big environmental problems. 

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Retreating glaciers adding stress to Quinault River fish - Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission

The retreat of glaciers in the Olympics are causing multiple changes to salmon habitat in the watersheds they feed. Besides temperature changes due to lessening runoff, there is an increased amount of sediment being added to the Queets and the Quinault rivers. Research from the Climate Impacts Group is mentioned in this NWIFC article about the potential effects and management solutions. 

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Balancing fish & farms in a Washington estuary - High Country News

Part of the Skagit River, Fisher Slough has been drained and plumbed extensively to create some of the most productive farmland in the country: More than 100,000 acres are farmed by over 1,200 operations in the Skagit Valley. The Skagit River is also the last to support wild populations of all five species of Pacific salmon, one of which — the Puget Sound chinook — was federally listed as threatened in 1999. 

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