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Battle Ready: The Digital Documentary

Watch our Battle Ready digital documentary. Explore the military's environmental legacy in the Pacific Northwest.

The Plane That Won A War And Polluted A River

World War II spurred a plane-manufacturing frenzy on the bank of Seattle's Duwamish River. The pollution is still with us. From our series Battle Ready: The Military’s Environmental Legacy In The Northwest.

A War, The Chainsaw And The 2nd Great Cutting Of The Northwest

Winning World War II depended on raw materials. One such resource grew tall and green in the Pacific Northwest. From our series 'Battle Ready: The Military’s Environmental Legacy In The Northwest.'

Portland’s Toxic Graveyard For World War II Ships

Portland's WWII shipbuilding gave way to shipbreaking and environmental consequences extending well beyond the war years. From our series Battle Ready: The Military’s Environmental Legacy In The Northwest.

The Waste That Remains From Arming Nuclear Weapons

The Hanford Nuclear Site has been in cleanup mode since the Cold War ended. But the first drop of waste has yet to be treated. From our series Battle Ready: The Military’s Environmental Legacy In The Northwest.

Life At A Post-War Nuclear Weapons Factory

Hanford Nuclear Site cleanup workers must fight for acknowledgement their illnesses stem from on-the-job exposures. From our series Battle Ready: The Military’s Environmental Legacy In The Northwest.

Growler Jets Test Rainforest Peace As NW Military Presence Grows

The military's expanded presence in the Northwest creates new challenges for those who want quiet places to remain so. From our series Battle Ready: The Military’s Environmental Legacy In The Northwest.

More Than A Lark: The Military’s Surprising Role In Protecting Endangered Species

Military bases are some of the most violent places around. Some are also keepers of rare habitat for imperiled species. From our series Battle Ready: The Military’s Environmental Legacy In The Northwest.

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About Battle Ready

When America was drawn into World War II the Pacific Northwest answered the call with lumber, shipyards, an atomic weapon plant and B-17 bombers. Battle Ready explores the hidden history of the military, the Northwest, and the environment.

Series Contributors

Ashley Ahearn

KUOW/EarthFix reporter

Jes Burns

Reporter, OPB/EarthFix

Katie Campbell

Video Managing Editor, KCTS9/EarthFix

MacGregor Campbell

Writer and Animator

Ken Christensen

Associate Producer, KCTS9/EarthFix

Robert McClure

Executive Director, InvestigateWest

Cassandra Profita

Reporter, OPB/EarthFix

Tony Schick

Investigative and Data Reporter, OPB/EarthFix

David Steves

Editor, EarthFix