Plover ferry will tour Drayton Harbor for Whatcom Water Week

Published on Thu, Sep 15, 2011 by Jeremy Schwartz

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Biologist Janet Pickard adjusts her microscope looking at plankton and other tiny living organisms that live in the water, while her son Jesse checks the salinity with a refractometer.

The historic Plover ferry will take part in a week-long string of events highlighting the importance of water quality in Whatcom County next week by touring Drayton Harbor.

Biologist Janet Pickard, who lives in Blaine, will lead a group of interested individuals on the Plover in analyzing Drayton Harbor's water quality starting at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, September 20, Plover crew member Richard Sturgill said. The Plover will then dock at the Semiahmoo Yacht Club's float where the participants will use provided microscopes to learn how to check the water's salinity, pH levels, dissolved oxygen and discover what tiny organisms live in the water, Sturgill explained.

Participation is free, but registration is required. To secure spot, contact Sturgill at 360/332-5742 and leave a message with name and phone number included.

The tour is just one of multiple events occurring next week that will stress the importance of water quality across the county. For a full list of events, click here.   


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