At Western Washington University’s Lakewood, students are able to rent equipment and get out on the water at Lake Whatcom. But large accessibility issues are present at the facility, and some students with disabilities aren’t able to use the facility. Some are hopeful for change, but there is still lots of work to be done.

By Troy Schulz and Hugh Fogarty

Troy Schulz is a visuals reporter at The Planet, and a journalism major at WWU. He was previously layout editor at The Sounds, and a freelance reporter.

Hugh Fogarty is a visuals reporter at The Planet and student at WWU.

Robots are invading the Puget Sound! But don’t worry — they’re here to help! They’re picking up trash and cleaning up the Washington waterways.

Adin Romano is a junior at Western Washington University pursuing environmental studies and geographical information science. He is passionate about maps, urban design, and the great outdoors.

To understand more about the health of Puget Sound’s Southern Resident Orcas, scientists study their scat. But finding that scat isn’t easy- and that’s where Eba comes in!

Janie Egan is a third year environmental studies student from Denver, Colorado. She is driven by her passions for sustainable design, environmental education, and connecting with others in the outdoors.

Casey Rothlisberger is a senior at Western Washington University majoring in environmental studies with an emphasis on GIS.

Learn about how an initiative to plant more than one million trees in Whatcom County worked and the impact those trees will have on combatting climate change.

Lily Smith is a junior at Western Washington University majoring in environmental studies.

Allison Carroll is a senior at Western Washington University majoring in environmental studies.

Learn about the shorebirds and birds of prey on Protection Island and the concerns scientists have about how the two might impact each other.

Dena Muething is a senior at Huxley College majoring in environmental studies with an emphasis in education and eco-social justice who hopes to increase awareness of environmental issues.

Meghan Fenwick is a sophomore at Western Washington University majoring in Environmental Journalism.

Planet reporters talk to Brian Flowers, a funeral director encouraging people to think about what impact they want their body to leave after they’ve passed away.

Kylie Maioriello, pursuing a major in environmental studies, has always loved the environment. She takes every opportunity to be outdoors, helping to preserve and restore nature in her community and the surrounding area.

Brianna Pruitt is a junior environmental studies major at Western Washington University who is passionate about amplifying underrepresented perspectives on environmental issues and environmental justice.

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