Speaker Series

One of WWIN's goals is to provide our community with timely and technically-sound information about marine and fresh water ecosystems, watersheds, and natural resource issues in order to help protect the water resources that benefit agriculture, business, fisheries, industry, tourism, cities, urban and rural residents, and the natural environment that Whatcom County citizens prize.   To accomplish this, WWIN hosts numerous Speaker Series events throughout the year as well as occasional symposiums.  Topics are chosen based on input from our membership,  the availability of appropriate presenters, and input from the Speaker Series planning team.  Speaker events and symposiums are open to anyone.  Speaker Series events are typically an hour or less, and are free.  Symposiums vary in length depending upon the topic, and are usually supported entirely or in part by sponsorships.

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Salmonid research, monitoring, and restoration efforts in the South Fork Nooksack River

October 6, 5:00-6:00pm • via Zoom

Speakers include Lummi Nation Natural Resources Department's Devin Flawd, Stock Assessment Manager, and Tom Chance, Salmon Enhancement Program Manager. Learn about the latest population of Chinook in the South Fork Nooksack River as well as other key salmonids in the watershed.  The impact of restoration projects on salmon returns will also be discussed.  Information Join Meeting: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/85730030249  Meeting ID: 857 3003 0249  Password  98225  Phone (253) 215-8782.

Wildfire Season is Coming- Is Your Home Firewise? & Ten Tips for Drought Tolerant Landscaping

June 30, 6:30-8:00pm • via Zoom

Making your home firewise and tips for drought tolerant landscaping presented by Jenny Coe, Community Wildfire Resilience Coordinator, Whatcom & Skagit Conservation Districts and Cheryl Lovato Niles, Water Resources Educator, WSU Whatcom County Extension.


Coastal Storm Modeling and Habitat Vulnerability

September 2 • via Zoom • VideoAudio

Learn about the Coastal Storm Modeling work that is being done for Whatcom County and new efforts to assess coastal habitat vulnerabilities to sea level rise from Dr. Eric Grossman, Research Geologist with the US Geological Survey, and Dr. Ian Miller, Coastal Hazards Specialist with Washington SeaGrant.

Car Tires Killing Coho - New Research

June 30 • via Zoom • Video  • Q&A Sheet (pdf)

Dr. Jen McIntyre’s research specialty is the ecotoxicology of urban stormwater runoff and green infrastructure biological effectiveness for preventing toxicity to aquatic animals. Dr. McIntyre presented the research conducted by her UW and WSU research team that has identified a chemical in tires that kills coho salmon in urban waterways before they can spawn via a prerecorded talk and was available for questions.

Tribal Fishing Culture - We’ve gone from Honoring Salmon to Protecting Salmon and from Sustaining a Way of Life to Preserving a Way of Life

June 28 • via Zoom • Video  • Audio

Frank Lawrence III is a lifetime Lummi Fisherman and has worked with the Lummi Natural Resource Department for 17 years. George Swanaset Jr. “Yel7qaynem” is a member of the Nooksack Indian Tribe and is the Natural and Cultural Resource Director for the Tribe.

Seabed Mining: "The Dawn of an Industry" and the Need for a Precautionary Approach

January 7 • via Zoom •  Video • Audio • Presentation Slides

Lee First, Twin Harbors Waterkeeper and Liz Schotman, Washington Regional Manager, Surfrider Foundation

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