EarthViews In The News

The media plays a critical role in helping EarthViews Conservation Society fulfill our Vision “connecting people with waterways” by shining a light on the work we are doing to document these critical places. We value our relationships with the media and make every effort to propel these important stories to benefit our partners as well. Below are a few recent examples of important stories highlighting our advocacy and conservation efforts.

Sunset over Kayak and Lake

The Seattle times


A SEATTLE FISH SCIENTIST by the name of Brian Footen arrives at Shilshole Bay on a drab but dry May morning wearing blue cargo shorts, mud-stained hiking boots and a fossil gray Patagonia jacket with a salmon etched onto the right sleeve. A break in the wet spring weather is affording him a chance to share his quixotic expedition of paddling 1,200 miles in a kayak to digitally map Puget Sound’s nearshore, where the sea meets the land.

Snow Brains

The Tahoe Fund and Earthviews Release First-Ever “Street View” Style Map of Lake Tahoe’s Entire Shoreline

Today, the Tahoe Fund and EarthViews released the first-ever “Street View” style map of all 72 miles of Lake Tahoe’s shoreline. This new, interactive Lake Tahoe ShoreView Map offers a 360-degree view of the shoreline, as well as underwater views and water quality data.



Utah’s Great Salt Lake is running out of water

This July, the largest salt water lake in the Western Hemisphere reached its lowest level ever recorded, and experts say the shrinking of the Great Salt Lake could have disastrous consequences for the ecology, economy, and people of northern Utah.


Armed with a paddle and a GoPro, entrepreneur aims to create ‘Street View’ of Puget Sound

We’ve all indulged in a little voyeuristic spying and exploration using Google Maps’ Street View, peering at homes and other landmarks. Brian Footen is creating a similar experience for shorelines — but with a greater purpose in mind. He wants to help save Puget Sound, the region’s environmental jewel.


Inside Edition

Utah’s Shrinking Salt Lake Makes It One of the Driest States in the U.S.

This week, water levels in the Great Salt Lake in Utah hit an all-time low. It’s the second time in less than a year that the largest natural lake west of the Mississippi reached record-low water levels. The west is in the grip of a mega-drought, made worse by climate change. The drying lake is having a dramatic impact on its surrounding environment. Inside Edition Digital’s Stephanie Officer has the details.

The Salt Lake Tribune

‘Embrace the salt’ — A kayaker’s quest to share up-close views of an ‘epic’ but shriveling Great Salt Lake

For Brian Footen, it will be the biggest and most challenging destination in a project to create Google Street View-style maps of drought-stricken waters and shores across the West.


The Salt Lake Tribune

See an up-close view of Great Salt Lake’s shrinking shoreline — from Spiral Jetty to the state park marina

Kayakers capture water levels so low in early June that two bays were impossible to navigate as the lake continues to shrivel.

KitSap Sun

One man in a kayak working to make a virtual 360-degree view of the Puget Sound shoreline

TRACYTON — The waves gently slap the cracked concrete as Brian Footen pushes his kayak from the boat launch and into the saltwater. It’s a crisp, fall morning under blue skies and the snow-capped Olympic Mountains, an ideal time for the former fisheries biologist to map the deep fjord estuary that is Puget Sound.


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Explore Puget Sound Coastlines with EarthViews’ Mobile Mapping Technology

Oh, the places we can go without leaving our houses! Now you can traverse the entire coast of Puget Sound, from Seattle to Shelton, via EarthViews’ Nearshore Mapping Project. “Waterways deserve the same as street views,” says Brian Footen, co-founder and president of EarthViews.


“I can tell you, the kind of work they are taking on, it’s so important. It’s a game changer.”

— Amy Carey, Executive Director of Sound Action

“If their work can call attention to the significance of these microbialite structures and give us information about the rate of loss, that will really help our science. EarthViews Conservation Society has a platform to amplify this crisis at The Great Salt Lake.”

— Bonnie Baxter, Director at Great Salt Lake Institute

“This ShoreView map allows people to see Tahoe like never before. You can tour Emerald Bay, ‘paddle’ through the iconic rocks of Sand Harbor, or explore the hidden beaches along the East Shore with just the click of a button. Best of all, this new tool is bringing a wealth of data and information to scientists and conservation organizations working to improve the health of the Lake.” 

— Amy Berry, CEO Tahoe Fund

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