|Betty addresses a captive audience at the Cap Sante and Shell Tank Farm Waterfront park area.|
Anacortes boomed with lumber mills and shipping in a time when environmental impact wasn't even a thought. Today they are reclaiming their waterfront and cleaning up past generations left behind pollution. The Department of Ecology leads the project and has taken a bay-wide approach rather than individual sites. They are focused on cleaning up toxins including, dioxins, furins, PCB's, heavy metals, wood debris, petroleum hydrocarbons and more while also replacing natural habitats.
The Tommy Thompson Trail is the very same trail that runs over the trestle where our field work has been. In fact the last stop of the night was at the west end of the trestle and the history of this part of the bay was briefly discussed. Overall it was really nice to learn both more about the history of the town and bay but also about the clean up that has already started.
On Wednesday Crista and I did a cyanotype of my oyster shells as a part of her project. It was a lot of fun and the result is striking. We laid Olympia shells in the center and surrounded them with Pacific shells and let it develop in the sun for ten minutes before sprinting through the building to a water bath.
|Crista shows off finished product ready to dry.|
Wednesday night and Thursday morning were more data and I feel like I am making significant headway. One part still baffles me a bit where I am creating a site map and layers of illustration representing densities of Olympia oysters, clam shell and oyster shell from each sampled quadrat that we took along the entire site. Crista is helping me with illustrator creating the site maps then Nam will help with my data point plots which helps calm my nerves.
In the evening I took a ride into town, down the Tommy Thompson and out across the trestle. Mount Baker looked just beautiful across Fidalgo Bay in the fading light.
|Mt. Baker across Fidalgo Bay.|
|Beautiful view along a gorgeous trail.|
|Lunch in the library.|
|Watermelon, feta, basil salad - amazing!|
|The entire trestle takes my 180 degree pan function.|
|Anne, Annie, Dr. Dinnel and Nate Schwack.|
|Anne and Annie diving the trestle|
|The shell collection.|