Monday, August 2, 2010

"Waste on the Water" - Photo Journalism by John Reinke

In a July 30th post, Grist  (an enviro website headquartered in Seattle) presented their photo contest winners on the topic of: "Waste on the Water".
Now I ask your opinion, which photo is worse:
b)  these  photos of Bear Creek near a park area in Redmond.

Well, maybe the Grist photo is still the champ, but these might have qualified for 'honorable mention'!    I took these creek photos on July 14, near NE 80th Street & Avondale Way.

Pretty nasty looking, huh?

Story by John Reinke
Education  Hill, Redmond
Photos by Reinke

The top photo shows an "island" of waste trapped within the clear waters of Bear Creek.  The bottom photo is an enlargement.


Bob Yoder said...

Your comparison to the Grist article is a perfect match. To what do you attribute the prevalance and location of the duck weed?

Jactive said...

Duckweed typically grows in places where the water is not flowing rapidly, such as in the eddy seen in the photos, that was created in Bear Creek by the accumulation of various pieces of floating wood.

The website states:
" Duckweed blooms typically occur in shallow waters rich in nutrients, especially phosphorus and/or nitrogen. Many studies have indicated that duckweed growth is a function of nutrient levels and not pH and/or temperature. "

Bob Yoder said...

Interesting. Do you have any idea what the source of phosphates/nitrogen is in this part of the creek?

Jactive said...

I received the following message from the good folks at, in response to the Bear Creek pollution story I posted on Bob Yoder's Redmond Blog. - John

Dear John,

Thank you for including our slideshow on your blog! We appreciate your activism, and wish you the best in future endeavors to clean up Redmond. Good luck, and we hope you keep reading Grist.

Best wishes,
Grist Editorial