Environment

The Pilchuck River flows freely through the pervious site of the Pilchuck River Dam on Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020 in Granite Falls, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Development has made the Pilchuck River warmer, harming fish

The river is 5.4 degrees above its historic temperature, says the State Department of Ecology.

The Pilchuck River flows freely through the pervious site of the Pilchuck River Dam on Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020 in Granite Falls, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
FILE - In this July 31, 2015 file photo, an orca leaps out of the water near a whale watching boat in the Salish Sea in the San Juan Islands, Wash. Habitat protections for an endangered population of orcas would be greatly expanded under a proposal to be advanced by NOAA Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

Millions have been spent on orca recovery: Is it working?

Restoring destroyed salmon habitat is the key to regaining Southern Resident killer whale numbers.

FILE - In this July 31, 2015 file photo, an orca leaps out of the water near a whale watching boat in the Salish Sea in the San Juan Islands, Wash. Habitat protections for an endangered population of orcas would be greatly expanded under a proposal to be advanced by NOAA Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)
Washington State Climatologist Nick Bond. (University of Washington)

UW climate expert: We are moving into uncharted territory

State climatologist says the declining snowpack threatens water supplies as population grows.

Washington State Climatologist Nick Bond. (University of Washington)
Caption: South Whidbey High School students Annie Philp, left, and Maggie Nattress lead a climate change demonstration in Freeland on Nov. 29, 2019. The two friends are founders of United Student Leaders. (Linda LaMar)

From worriers to warriors, they’re fighting climate change

Local environmental groups are forming, growing and attracting new members, young and old.

Caption: South Whidbey High School students Annie Philp, left, and Maggie Nattress lead a climate change demonstration in Freeland on Nov. 29, 2019. The two friends are founders of United Student Leaders. (Linda LaMar)
A female beaver makes her way out of the temporary constructed den for herself and another relocated male beaver on Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019 near Sultan, Wash. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Beavers: Good environmental stewards, but lousy neighbors

Tulalip Tribes biologists are relocating nuisance beavers to forest areas where they can thrive.

A female beaver makes her way out of the temporary constructed den for herself and another relocated male beaver on Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019 near Sultan, Wash. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Changes coming for coastal train tracks that endanger salmon

Changes coming for coastal train tracks that endanger salmon

A huge concentration of stream crossings essential to baby chinook salmon are in Snohomish County.

Changes coming for coastal train tracks that endanger salmon
Chronicling the last years of a dying North Cascades glacier

Chronicling the last years of a dying North Cascades glacier

For almost four decades, scientist Mauri Pelto has journeyed to measure the melting Columbia Glacier.

Chronicling the last years of a dying North Cascades glacier