Ann Soule

Water Matters: Charismatic megafauna

Charismatic megafauna: It’s a mouthful. It’s a good start on a haiku. Google reports that it means, “Large animals with symbolic value and widespread popular… Continue reading

 

Water Matters: Circles, cycles, but no conclusions

In the past few months I’ve realized that my fixation on cycles is authentic, at least: like a circle, it has no end. In Part… Continue reading

 

Water Matters: Circles and cycles, part II

Last month the topic of this column wasn’t water, but recycling. I gave in to my fascination and wrote about the wicked problem of expanding… Continue reading

 

Watter Matters: Circles and cycles, Part 1

If your bandwidth for crises isn’t overwhelmed, you may be aware there’s a recycling crisis going on right now. The vast quantities of recyclables that… Continue reading

Water Matters: Sustainability

This Monday evening there were at least two winners … the Seahawks impressed and Sequim City Council heard all the good work staff is doing… Continue reading

Water Matters: Climate meltdown

It’s been a tough week. No one likes to lose. But the defeat of Initiative 1631 — setting a fee for carbon emissions — was… Continue reading

Water Matters: A day without water

In case you missed it, Oct. 10 was the fourth annual “Imagine a Day Without Water.” Fortunately, observance of this new tradition can happen anytime,… Continue reading

Water Matters: A team effort

There’s an award-winning team of folks that’s been working behind the scenes for our community … for 30 years. Team members’ projects attract attention, but… Continue reading

Water Matters: Drought by the numbers, 180 and 120 cfs

A cubic-foot-per-second (cfs) is a measure of stream flow equivalent to about 7.5 gallons passing a point each second. It’s 450 gallons each minute and… Continue reading

Watter Matters: History matters

In my last column I indulged in banter about the passage of time. Now, we’re diving deep and I hope you’ll join me … On… Continue reading

Water Matters: Time after time

It’s high school graduation time again and our attention turns to that special threshold of modern life. I am reminded how those last months fly… Continue reading

Water Matters: The ‘Grandfather Fir’

In my foothills neighborhood we recently lost our sentry tree, a 500-year old Douglas Fir towering above the 100-year old forest. Fire is a periodic… Continue reading

Water Matters: #OneWater

Last month I had the good fortune to attend the annual Sustainable Water Management Conference, held this year in Seattle by the American Water Works… Continue reading

Water Matters: Capetown and closer to home

Capetown, South Africa, has the world’s attention lately, counting down the days until the drinking water supply for four million people runs out on April… Continue reading

Water Matters: Water politics, again

If you track government budgets at all, last week was a doozy. As of late Friday, the U.S. Congress allowed the federal operating budget to… Continue reading

Water Matters: Gift-giving season

Snow! Nature’s gift, blanketing our world with beauty. Blankets: connote warmth, security, wrapped up with love. Snow! Cold and ice. Slush and slog. Treacherous. Anxiety-producing.… Continue reading

Water Matters: Silver lining

My husband loves to fish. He comes from a Midwestern family of fisher folk. On my first trip to his parents’ we drove to a… Continue reading

Water Matters: Reviewing the water year

Water can be a scary thing. For over a month people in hurricane country have been overwhelmed with water, dealing with flooded homes and completely… Continue reading

Water Matters: 50 inches of Harvey

This Harvey was no 6-foot tall invisible rabbit. This Harvey dropped 4 feet, 2 inches of rain on millions of Texans in less than a… Continue reading

Water Matters: Whiskey’s for drinking

… and water’s for fighting over. Attributed to Mark Twain, this legendary quote has been repeated for over a century. Legendary for good reason. The… Continue reading