Video: Vivid reasons to learn – today! – how to fight Tox-Ick

September 11, 2011 at 3:38 am | In Environment, Sustainable West Seattle, West Seattle news | 7 Comments

Local diver Laura James is documenting what we’ve been warned about but can’t see … what’s pouring into Puget Sound, beneath the surface, carrying debris and toxicity from what’s on the surface, ashore. The video above was shot near Alki, part of Laura’s project to document all the runoff-carrying pipelines around West Seattle. She shares the video just as Sustainable West Seattle is kicking off its campaign against the Tox-Ick Monster, starting with a presentation – with prizes! – today, 2 pm, West Seattle Christian Church in The Junction (southeast corner of 42nd/Genesee). And if you’re still not convinced it’s a battle you need to join, here’s a different look at Laura’s work – part of an upcoming documentary with a broader look at threats to Puget Sound:

P.S. If you just can’t get to today’s presentation about fighting Tox-Ick … you have other chances this fall, all listed here.

7 Comments

  1. I see around Seattle especially near construction sites these
    bags inserted into storm drains which I imagine catch debris from entering our watershed, filter it. The West Seattle Junction could benefit from these. It is unfortunately a source of ALOT of debris like this.

    Comment by DF — 9:45 am September 11, 2011 #

  2. *very* compelling videos. thank you for your work. i’ll do my part . . .

    Comment by bridge to somewhere — 12:47 pm September 11, 2011 #

  3. these videos give the following project a needed exclamation point: http://westseattleblog.com/2011/09/west-seattle-cso-projects-barton-field-work-murray-offers

    Comment by bridge to somewhere — 9:51 pm September 11, 2011 #

  4. Excellent and practical/useful/compelling presentation. I thought I knew a lot about stormwater, but there’s always more to learn.

    Comment by Michelle Gaither — 6:01 pm September 12, 2011 #

  5. I wonder if toxicity samples were taken. I’d be interested to know. Obviously there is sediment being stirred up but there is a lot of reference to how toxic it is. Just wondering. I’m actually surprised at how little trash is seen at the outfall sice this probably drains a fairly large area (maybe 50 square miles?) of the city. I see more trash just at our local beach accesses!!

    Comment by Random Citizen — 1:42 pm September 13, 2011 #

  6. I would like to see West Seattle Christian take some members and rake, shovel and bag the literally tons of leaves which will be falling in the next few months from their half dozen or more LARGE TREES which grow along 41st sw and Genesse. Yours truly did a fair share last year now your up!! PLEASE.

    Comment by DF — 9:14 pm September 13, 2011 #

  7. Excellent. I’m signing up for any videos she does!!

    Comment by Guila Muir — 1:44 pm September 24, 2011 #

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