Field Notes
Take Ten Minutes Outside!
By Lisa Berntsen, PWS – 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, PWS – 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...

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...

Are You a Defensive Walker?
By – 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...

King Tides: What Might Climate Change Mean to Us?
By Lisa Berntsen, PWS – Jan 30, 2013
Every winter and summer, the Puget Sound experiences a tidal cycle of extremely high tides known as King Tides. This winter, as predicted, there were two, one in December 2012 and one in January 2013. The December episode, which had expected peaks of 12.8 in the Seattle area, actually experienced a...