DiverLaura

is creating Multimedia Art to help connect people to Puget Sound

3

patrons

$20

per Video

I create both flat and fully immersive 360 videos to help build awareness of the amazing marine life that lives beneath Puget Sound and how to protect it. 

This summer we have kicked off my new Virtual Salish See program.  With an amazing donation of VR Headsets from Oculus, I have a full classroom set and will be doing public outreach events in community centers, retirement homes, libraries, and community events.   An offshoot of this is Salish See Seniors, for whom I create soothing immersive 360 videos to help them escape the confines of their living situation and experience the world virtually again. 

Why am I doing all this? 

Puget Sound is sick, our iconic Orca is endangered and its food source the Chinook salmon are at 8% of historic population.  Our local shellfish industry has been cut almost in half over the past 2 decades because of closures due to contamination.  

What is causing this?  

1) Polluted Stormwater Runoff - Toxic runoff a mixture of things like petroleum, fertilizers and dog poop that wash off our streets and driveways and into Puget Sound. The pollution flowing off of our streets are threatening our killer whales, our salmon, our shellfish economy, and our health.  Learn more about this at www.tox-ick.org

2) Shoreline armoring - the forage fish are the base of the food chain, shoreline armoring may protect homes and infrastructure but it is killing the Salish see one desiccated forage fish egg at at time.  

3) Sanitary Sewer water - with the exception of one treatment plant (Brightwater) our sewage water is 'secondary' treated.  this means that even though it has been 'sanitized', it still contains nutrients.  These nutrients feed plankton blooms and can cause low oxygen zones when the overabundance of plankton dies.  (excess plankton also makes it hard for me to shoot video) Brightwater treatment facility uses a membrane system which means that all the nutrients are removed before discharging into the Puget Sound.   In my dream world, ALL of the treatment facilities in the northwest would update their aging systems to membrane filtration.  

How can a bunch of critter videos and underwater virtual reality experiences help?  

I believe that the key to saving Puget Sound is building awareness.  Cousteau said "People protect what they love", and I like to add "but they must know it to love it".   It dawned on me, maybe the reason Puget Sound is in trouble is because  a) it looks beautiful and pristine on the surface and b) people don't know what there is to love about it beneath the surface.  




When I first learned to dive, I thought if I could take everyone with me underwater, they'd love Puget Sound as much as I do, and would do anything possible to protect it.   I realized that although our waters are beautiful, they are also cold, so that wasn't going to happen.  

So it became my goal to bring Puget Sound to you.  Each and every one of you....  Thank you for watching. 

How many videos do you hope to make?

As many as I can (I have 50 on the primary list and another 50 after those are complete). I will be documenting the different habitats in the northwest and also the assorted dive sites.  

How often do I make videos? 

I make approximately 1-2 videos per month. 

Tiers
Shiner Perch
$1 or more per Video
I will add a thank you in the credits of an upcoming Underwater video short and give you a shout out on Twitter
nudibranch
$5 or more per Video

I will personally thank you in a live broadcast on Periscope, Facebook or instagram live 

Telia Anemone
$10 or more per Video

I will shoot a personalized thank you picture and post it on Instagram and thank you in a live video

pacific spiny lumpsucker
$20 or more per Video
I will include you in the credits of one of our educational videos.
wolf eel
$50 or more per Video

You will receive a signed Northwest Critter coloring book image set (images vary)  suitable for coloring or framing :) 

Goals
$20 of $350 per Video
To make our video broadcasts even more engaging I'd love to be able to get another earpiece for my diver assistant, that way I can direct them and ask them to do something to better explain or share with the viewing audience
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I create both flat and fully immersive 360 videos to help build awareness of the amazing marine life that lives beneath Puget Sound and how to protect it. 

This summer we have kicked off my new Virtual Salish See program.  With an amazing donation of VR Headsets from Oculus, I have a full classroom set and will be doing public outreach events in community centers, retirement homes, libraries, and community events.   An offshoot of this is Salish See Seniors, for whom I create soothing immersive 360 videos to help them escape the confines of their living situation and experience the world virtually again. 

Why am I doing all this? 

Puget Sound is sick, our iconic Orca is endangered and its food source the Chinook salmon are at 8% of historic population.  Our local shellfish industry has been cut almost in half over the past 2 decades because of closures due to contamination.  

What is causing this?  

1) Polluted Stormwater Runoff - Toxic runoff a mixture of things like petroleum, fertilizers and dog poop that wash off our streets and driveways and into Puget Sound. The pollution flowing off of our streets are threatening our killer whales, our salmon, our shellfish economy, and our health.  Learn more about this at www.tox-ick.org

2) Shoreline armoring - the forage fish are the base of the food chain, shoreline armoring may protect homes and infrastructure but it is killing the Salish see one desiccated forage fish egg at at time.  

3) Sanitary Sewer water - with the exception of one treatment plant (Brightwater) our sewage water is 'secondary' treated.  this means that even though it has been 'sanitized', it still contains nutrients.  These nutrients feed plankton blooms and can cause low oxygen zones when the overabundance of plankton dies.  (excess plankton also makes it hard for me to shoot video) Brightwater treatment facility uses a membrane system which means that all the nutrients are removed before discharging into the Puget Sound.   In my dream world, ALL of the treatment facilities in the northwest would update their aging systems to membrane filtration.  

How can a bunch of critter videos and underwater virtual reality experiences help?  

I believe that the key to saving Puget Sound is building awareness.  Cousteau said "People protect what they love", and I like to add "but they must know it to love it".   It dawned on me, maybe the reason Puget Sound is in trouble is because  a) it looks beautiful and pristine on the surface and b) people don't know what there is to love about it beneath the surface.  




When I first learned to dive, I thought if I could take everyone with me underwater, they'd love Puget Sound as much as I do, and would do anything possible to protect it.   I realized that although our waters are beautiful, they are also cold, so that wasn't going to happen.  

So it became my goal to bring Puget Sound to you.  Each and every one of you....  Thank you for watching. 

How many videos do you hope to make?

As many as I can (I have 50 on the primary list and another 50 after those are complete). I will be documenting the different habitats in the northwest and also the assorted dive sites.  

How often do I make videos? 

I make approximately 1-2 videos per month. 

Recent posts by DiverLaura

Tiers
Shiner Perch
$1 or more per Video
I will add a thank you in the credits of an upcoming Underwater video short and give you a shout out on Twitter
nudibranch
$5 or more per Video

I will personally thank you in a live broadcast on Periscope, Facebook or instagram live 

Telia Anemone
$10 or more per Video

I will shoot a personalized thank you picture and post it on Instagram and thank you in a live video

pacific spiny lumpsucker
$20 or more per Video
I will include you in the credits of one of our educational videos.
wolf eel
$50 or more per Video

You will receive a signed Northwest Critter coloring book image set (images vary)  suitable for coloring or framing :)