Stormwater Season is coming…. Tire removal?

Have some ideas for video.   Team for shooting partially assembled, taking applications. 

Tire removal anyone?  Thanks to my J-O-B I can now organize to get tires removed/recycled after we get them out of the water.   How many of you have had fun pulling tires from the deep?  


The future just got a lot smoother

Well, technically thats “future video i’ll be shooting”  🙂

What arrived on the porch today?  Something i’ve been dreaming of for a while now (to the tune of years) and finally made the first babysteps in that direction.  

Glidecam 4000!

What does this mean for you, my fabulous readers?  It means more topside footage to set up the story for my environmental videos!!!!!   It means MOAR SHOOTING!   It means I might be hitting some of you up to come be milling about extras looking pensively at stormdrains! 

It means…. MORE VIDEOS! 

Don’t worry, concurrently i’ll be working to shoot more creative underwater footage, so its not like this will cut into the diving videos.

I won’t bore you all here with the arrival, set up, balancing, etc..  the minutia can be read here:  The Continuing Adventures of DiverLaura


What is on my mind.  Oil.  Oil cars being hauled by trains to be exact.

Every time I hear of a train derailment in the Puget Sound Basin, I hurry to the computer, crossing my fingers and toes, hoping beyond hope that it is not an Oil Car that has derailed and is now leaking oil into my Sound.

There is the controversy about coal trains, and from a big picture standpoint I totally agree.    The widespread impacts of coal and a ‘fossil fuel’ highway are a horribly dear price to pay.    The damage to the tracks is far more immediate concern.

Of note: I am HUGELY proud of the Lummi Nation for standing up to SSA marine and sending their formal letter of disgust to the Army Corps of Engineers in the matter of the Gateway Pacific Terminal.

But it barely hits my radar in my constant fear for the health of Puget Sound.  Stormwater scares me, and makes me angry.  The potential tragedy that ONE oil car could do much less 3-5 (the number that generally seem to get pushed off the track by a landslide) leaves me trembling in my drysuit boots.

Puget Sound is a bathtub.  A brackish sea, teeming with life.  There are ledges, seen clearly on the bathymetric chart that restrict the flow of water, old water out and fresh water in.  These ledges are rather close to the surface (by Puget Sound standards, she’s 900′ deep in places) and mean that we keep diving in the same bathwater, dive after dive, day after day, year after year.

All it would take is one oil tank car and a too slow spill response and we will be looking down the barrel of a mess that will last decades.


So you want to clean up a beach!

You want to make a difference…   You LOVE your local beach and are tired of the garbage everywhere, and since many hands makes work light,  you want to get a whole lot of people involved as opposed to just you and a few friends/dive buddies….  (trust me, I know what you are thinking,  I’ve been in this exact position)

My first recommendation would be to give a call to one of your local groups such as Puget Soundkeeper Alliance that run things like this on a regular basis.  They might even have a larger clean up that your smaller group could be a part of for which they have already organized kayaks, boat support, and will be providing bags, tools and have already arranged for trash pickup after the fact.

If you are set on running it yourself, please contact the Parks Department or city/county that manages the area you are looking at cleaning.  They will likely want you to fill out some paperwork for a permit and require a volunteer sign up sheet.  This is perfectly understandable from a liability standpoint 🙂  In some locations there might be a fee for this permit but often times if you reach out to local businesses one of them might help cover that with you.

What are you going to put the trash in? Bags? Buckets?

Finally, what are you planning on doing with all the trash you collect??  Especially if its stinky underwater or waterlogged trash you don’t want to just leave it sitting around or overflowing the local trash bins.   Please get in touch with your local municipal trash operation and arrange for a pick up.   We don’t need to increase the noticeable garbage or have animal picking through the bags and spreading it, making a nuisance of it.

1000’s of reasons to help us Take Back Puget Sound!

7 simple solutions… not hard ones, not even big ones or expensive ones.. .

7 simple actions that each of us can take to help reduce the flow of polluted runoff into puget sound…

7 simple ways that you can learn about at  and how we can all join together…  Its time to “Take Back Puget Sound!”

I’d like to see it taken back about 200 years, before mans influence with an influx of industry became quite so evident and those who where here lived in harmony and their presence was made invisible to Puget Sound by the forest they lived in and cared for.

Maybe we can live invisibly again…  with the advances of Green Infrastructure (rain gardens, bioswales, green roofs, pervious pavement) that mimics the ideal (the forest) perhaps if we work hard enough at reducing our own output of pollution and we can build enough Green Infrastructure (both privately and commercially),  we can create an invisibility cloak if you will for the city and from the eyes of the inhabitants of Puget Sound we are but a forest on its shores.