Tag Archives: Haida Gwaii

Sandspit water watchers’ story goes Canada-wide

Mother-daughter team Megan Ives, front, and Sian Nalleweg, will be featured in the Canada In a Day special airing on CTV this July 1 and 2. Since November 2014, the pair have waded out to Grassy Island near Sandspit to take water samples looking for radiation from the Fukushima Daiichi disaster. (Submitted)

 

Sian Nalleweg and Megan Ives’ work for Fukushima InFORM featured by CTV’s Canada In a Day. Continue reading Sandspit water watchers’ story goes Canada-wide

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Question and Answer: Public Discussion of Fukushima Impact on the West Coast of North America

By Jay T. Cullen

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Map showing the location of public talks for the InFORM project June 1-4, 2015.

The purpose of this post is to report on a recent public discussion tour to convey the latest results of the Integrated Fukushima Ocean Radionuclide Monitoring (InFORM) network to residents of the north coast of British Columbia. This post continues a series aimed to report the results of scientific research into the impact of the Fukushima disaster on the environment. Between June 1-4, 2015 I traveled from Victoria up to Haida Gwaii, over to Prince Rupert and up the Skeena River to Terrace and gave 8 public talks to communicate the results of the networks monitoring efforts to determine the impact of the Fukushima Dai-ichi meltdowns on the health of the northeast Pacific and residents of the North American west coast. I was able to meet three of our citizen scientist volunteers who have been collecting shoreline samples to look for Fukushima derived contamination of coastal seawater. The response to these presentations was overwhelmingly positive and the public asked very useful questions about monitoring thus far. Despite the overall usefulness of the discussions some old misinformation keeps rearing its head. Here I’ll show some of the beautiful spots on our coast and begin the process of addressing some more of the misinformation related to Fukushima impacts on the west coast. Continue reading Question and Answer: Public Discussion of Fukushima Impact on the West Coast of North America

Citizen Science Sample Collected For November In Masset, Haida Gwaii BC

Masset Haida Gwaii, BC

InFORM volunteer Kurt headed out to the beach shortly after Haida Gwaii had experienced ~120 kph winds from a significant fall/winter storm.  Haida Gwaii is ~450 miles north of Vancouver and 80 miles west of Prince Rupert and are the most westerly islands in Canada. They have been home for the Haida First Nation for at least 8000 years.  This sample was collected near the village of Masset on the north coast of Haida Gwaii.

On the beach with the InFORM sampling kit

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Location of Masset and sample collection