Hikers Brant Brantman and Brian McNitt (and dog Kel) watch work on the Blue Lake Dam project Wednesday afternoon (2-6-13) from the east side of the gorge. On the other side, a pair of trackhoes prepares a site for a construction crane. The $140-million project will raise the dam 83-feet. Brantman and McNitt report feeling a touch of vertigo just standing this close to the edge of the gorge. It’s a good thing the trackhoe drivers are sitting down!
Esther Kennedy is an Environmental Specialist with STA's Environmental Research Lab (STAERL). Just back from a phytoplankton class in Maine, she discusses the July/August massive plankton bloom in Sitka Sound -- both the harmless and the toxic. [audio mp3="http://kcaw-org.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/160825_KENNEDY.mp3"][/audio] more