Repair work to the Herring Cove Trail performed by USFS crews this spring and summer held up well during last weekend’s (Aug 9-10, 2014) deluge. The unseasonably wet storm dumped nearly six inches of rain, sending torrents of water down the falls alongside the trail. Last January after brief thaw an ice dam burst in the snow pack above the trail. The resulting flood, known by the Icelandic term jökulhlaup, was diverted by a fallen tree, blasting the stream out of its channel. Subsequent heavy rains did further damage to short sections of the trail. But thanks to the efforts of spontaneous volunteer workers like Cassidy Foster and Skyler Walk, the rebuilt trail is a little more scenic than the old. The pair lined a short section of trail with a beautiful stone curb.
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