Annual Tribal Journeys to monitor water quality
Some of the canoes in the annual Tribal Journeys are helping the U.S. Geological Survey monitor water quality in Washington.

Eric Day, a member of the Swinomish Tribe, has his “Spirit of the Salmon” canoe equipped with equipment to test water and to report conditions. Results are being posted daily at

“It’s about who we are,” Day told The Bellingham Herald. “These are our highways. We still have people making a living on the water."

Nearly 30 tribes from the Pacific Northwest and Canada are taking part in the Tribal Journeys canoe trip.

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Native paddlers pull devices to monitor water quality (The Bellingham Herald 7/14)