17 episodes

Annika Fain, a hydrologist and owner of Fain Environmental, hosts NW Fish Passage podcast. She interviews people who are passionate about working collaboratively to improve the environment for fish, people, and other animals. Her guests bring unique perspectives to their experiences with ecosystem restoration.

NW Fish Passage Annika Fain

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    • 5.0 • 11 Ratings

Annika Fain, a hydrologist and owner of Fain Environmental, hosts NW Fish Passage podcast. She interviews people who are passionate about working collaboratively to improve the environment for fish, people, and other animals. Her guests bring unique perspectives to their experiences with ecosystem restoration.

    Debra Lekanoff – State Representative -Advocate for Salmon, Natural Environment, and People

    Debra Lekanoff – State Representative -Advocate for Salmon, Natural Environment, and People

    In this episode, Annika Fain interviews Debra Lekanoff, a Washington State Representative. Debra represents the 40th legislative district and is currently the only Native American woman that serves in the Legislature. She is part Tlingit, salmon people, and part Aleut, seal people, from Southeast Alaska, and has lived in the Skagit Valley for over 20 years. She has over 20 years of government experience and has brought people together to collaborate on many issues. Debra talks about what salmon and the natural environment mean to her. She presents critical ideas about conservation and creating a common baseline for restoration. Debra provides advice on how scientists and engineers can interact more effectively with the public. Also, she talks about legislation that will benefit generations to come. Enjoy!  

    • 17 min
    Episode 16. Sea Potential – Savannah Smith and Ebony Welborn

    Episode 16. Sea Potential – Savannah Smith and Ebony Welborn

    In this episode, Annika interviews Savannah Smith and Ebony Welborn, marine scientists and founders of Sea Potential. Sea Potential is a program that connects BIPOC youth to marine environments and maritime industry. Savannah and Ebony talk about what motivated them to study marine science, join EarthCorps, and start SEA Potential. They provide insight about some ideas about what businesses can do to make workplaces more inclusive. Also, they talk about their vision for the upcoming years and programs they are developing to work with youth. Enjoy!  

    • 22 min
    Episode 15. Courtney Baxter – Floodplains by Design Communication Specialist

    Episode 15. Courtney Baxter – Floodplains by Design Communication Specialist

    In this episode, Annika interviews Courtney Baxter, Program and Communications Specialist for The Nature Conservancy. For over three years she has been a strategic communicator for Floodplains by Design.  Floodplains by Design is a public-private partnership designed to re-think how we manage our river floodplains, and better prepare for flooding exacerbated by a changing climate. She talks about many exciting programs she is involved in and the need for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in conservation organizations. Also, she provides advice for people who may be interested in a career in Conservation Communication. Enjoy!  

    • 23 min
    Episode 14. Cold Water Connection – Helping Salmon and Steelhead Return Home

    Episode 14. Cold Water Connection – Helping Salmon and Steelhead Return Home

    In this episode, Annika interviews three people involved in the Coldwater Connection Campaign. Mara Zimmerman, Executive Director for Coast Salmon Partnership and Foundation; Luke Kelly, Washington Coast Restoration Project Manager at Trout Unlimited, and Jess Helsley, Wild Salmon Center Washington Program Director. These three are working together to prioritize the removal of barriers on the western Olympic Peninsula and reconnect blocked habitat over the next 10 years. They talk about their role in the Cold Water Connection Campaign, as well as the importance of monitoring, working together, and how everyone can get involved. For Web Resources mentioned in this episode visit: nwfishpassage.com. Enjoy the episode!  

    • 37 min
    Episode 13. Austin Rose and Eleanor Hines – Whatcom County Marine Resources Committee

    Episode 13. Austin Rose and Eleanor Hines – Whatcom County Marine Resources Committee

    In this episode, Austin Rose and Eleanor Hines from Whatcom County Marine Resources Committee (MRC) talk about the goals and projects of the MRC. Austin Rose is the MRC Staff and Planner at Whatcom County Public Works. Eleanor Hines is the MRC Chair and North Sound Baykeeper, Lead Scientist at RE Sources for Sustainable Communities. They discuss challenges and successes related to the many MRC projects including Forage Fish Surveys, Bull Kelp Monitoring, Water Quality Monitoring, and Pilot Olympia Oyster Restoration. Also, Austin and Eleanor present ideas about how to get involved and increase diversity in the environmental field. Enjoy the episode!  

    • 40 min
    Episode 12. Marisa Litz – WDFW Coast Ecology Leader

    Episode 12. Marisa Litz – WDFW Coast Ecology Leader

    In this episode, Dr. Marisa Litz, lead of the Coast Ecology and Life Cycle Monitoring Unit focused on Pacific Salmon and Steelhead at the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW). She shares her academic journey from a B.S. in Anthropology to a M.S. and PhD. in Fisheries. Her graduate studies were supported by the NOAA Educational Partnership Program with Minority Serving Institutions (EPP/MSI). Dr. Litz provides inspiration to many people and is a great advocate for more diversity in science. During the past year, she has continued to mentor, inspire, and is very involved in Black Women in Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Science (BWEEMS). Links to these organizations are available at nwfishpassage.com/podcast. Enjoy the episode!  

    • 29 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
11 Ratings

11 Ratings

Rationalsapien ,

Get the inside scoop on salmon restoration in the NW

There is more to it than you might think.

cat_girl23 ,

Interesting

Great overview of the history of NW fish passage!

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Informative

Good history lesson and background to fish passage issues

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