Field Notes
Take Ten Minutes Outside!
By Lisa Berntsen–Feb 19, 2013
For years we have been hearing, "take a break every hour or so, stretch, get up, walk around," and so on. But do we really do this or do we remain parked at our desks? And if we do get up, is it just for a bathroom break and another cup of coffee? There is another solution.Current research points...

Yakima Basin Integrated Plan Funding Bill Introduced
By Lisa Berntsen–Feb 8, 2013
If you have been tracking my blogs, you have found that a few have focused on the Columbia River Treaty. I am very interested in the high-level, river-related work going on in Eastern Washington State that affects water, irrigators, fish and energy. The Yakima River Basin Integrated Plan is another...

Are You a Defensive Walker?
By Wayne Adams–Feb 4, 2013
Silly as it may sound, being a “Defensive Walker” can help you safely navigate many of the hazards lurking all around you that may cause you to slip, trip or fall!According to OSHA, slips, trips and falls cause 15% of all accidental deaths, second only to motor vehicles. Nationally, 10% of all...

A Geologist's Thoughts about Minerals: More than Gold
By –Feb 8, 2013
This recent news release from the USGS got my attention. Why? First the USGS’ title: “U.S. Nonfuel Mineral Production Increases for Third Straight Year.” I thought, who other than a geologist would even read this article? But being a geologist, I did read it on my bus ride to work...

UW Student Design Teams Look to Convert Fog to Water
By –Feb 19, 2013
What if you lived in Lima, Peru? You’d notice extreme dryness in the summer (December to March), extreme fog in the winter (June to September) and almost never any rain (Lima receives 1cm of rainfall a year). It's hard to believe that this mega-city of 9 million people receives such little rainfall...

My Herrenknecht European Tour
By Jon Robison–Feb 27, 2013
In the course of my career, while on work assignments, I’ve had the opportunity to visit some really cool places—from the San Juan Mountains in Colorado and the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York to the beaches of Florida and many other beautiful and interesting places. However, these...