Wednesday, September 14, 2011

9/14 Salish Sea News & Weather: Redistricting, reefnetting, Roundup, Martinac penalty, Elwha, Brackett's landing, climate change PR, rising tides

Booker's moon
Good-bye, Summer; good night, Moon. My photo of the week (thus far): Booker’s view from The Junction on Monday night in West Seattle Blog...

Washington state now has a 10th Congressional district and the political scramble is on for how the districts will be drawn for the 2012 elections. One possibility is a congressional district where racial minorities outnumber whites. Maps would give minorities clout
 
Butter clams are OK. Varnish clams not safe for recreational harvest in Whatcom County

Bob Simmons in Crosscut featured the Lummi Island reefnet operation last week; Lynda Mapes goes to Lopez Island for her Seattle Times story, Low-tech reef netters haul in best salmon catch in years

Bad stuff: Jess Zimmerman in Grist reports that researchers from the U.S. Geological Survey have detected the active ingredient of Roundup, a chemical called glyphosate, in waterways, air, and rain. Roundup weed killer is showing up in air and water

Tacoma shipbuilder J.M. Martinac was originally fined $50,000 by Ecology for violating stormwater discharge standards and repeated noncompliance. Upon complying the penalty was reduced to $17,000. Ecology, Tacoma shipbuilder settle penalty

Part 4 of the history of the Elwha Dams, Klallams' river lifeline severed by dams

If you’re not going to Port Angeles for the Elwha Festival, go to Anacortes for Fidalgo Bay Day where kids of all ages can enjoy an Undersea Zoo, hands-on activities, sample some chowder from local restaurants and more from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Seafarers' Memorial Park. Explore marine life at Fidalgo Bay Day

More history. Larry Vogel blogs in Patch.com to set the record straight about Edmonds history: “Contrary to popular legend, the story of Edmonds does not begin with George Brackett. In 1866, fourteen years before Brackett’s famous landing, Missouri-born Pleasant H. Ewell filed the first claim to the land that would become Edmonds.” Edmonds Before George Brackett

You always suspected it wasn’t a fair game. It wasn’t and it isn’t: According to a report by Mike De Souza in the Vancouver Sun, a major Alberta-based oil and gas company helped to kick-start an elaborate public relations project designed to cast doubt on scientific evidence linking human activity to global warming with a $175,000 donation in 2004 channeled through the University of Calgary. The contribution was part of $507,975 raised to produce a video and engage in public relations, advertising and lobbying activities against the Kyoto Protocol and government measures to restrict fossil fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. Talisman Energy kick-started U of C climate skeptic fund

Did it make a difference? Reuters reports that a report by the Climate Change and European Marine Ecosystem Research warns that Europe's seas are changing at an unprecedented rate as ice sheets melt, temperatures rise and marine life migrates due to climate change. New European sea level data stuns researchers 

Now, your tug weather:
TODAY
SW WIND 10 KT...BECOMING W 10 TO 15 KT. WIND WAVES 1 OR 2 FT. W SWELL 6 FT AT 11 SECONDS.
 TONIGHT
 W WIND 10 TO 15 KT. WIND WAVES 1 OR 2 FT. W SWELL 6 FT AT 10 SECONDS. CHANCE OF RAIN IN THE EVENING...THEN AREAS OF DRIZZLE AFTER MIDNIGHT. AREAS OF FOG AFTER MIDNIGHT.

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