Monday, September 19, 2011

9/19 Salish Sea News & Weather: Elwha!, shrinking fish, oily roads, veteran corps, Discover Pass, Jetty Is birds, global heat, alien pix

Photo: David Liittschwager
Much Elwha Love: Big ceremonies on Saturday marked the start to free 70 miles of river and streams. Ceremony marks start of Elwha Dam removal

The Seattle Times shows its love: The grand experiment to tear down two dams and return an Olympic wilderness to its former glory

Christopher Dunagan of the Kitsap Sun reports on what’s ahead: As dams come down, researchers stand by to witness river's restoration

And fish advocates and lawyers get ready to fight over stopping the use of the Elwha hatchery to “jump-start” recovery of wild fish in the river. Wild-fish advocates plan to sue over Elwha hatchery

Meanwhile, BBC News reports that lab scientists are measuring how overfishing of fish stocks, already shown to result in smaller fish over time, also alters fish behavior and their patterns of development. What happens when you constantly remove the largest individuals from populations of lab-bred guppies? Fish shrinkage probed in lab

Rained this weekend, didn’t it? Oil had built up on roadways during the dry spell and when it rained, the oil rose to the surface. That’s a lesson about runoff pollution and driving safety. Caution: Fresh rain brings slick roadways
 

The state Legislature last session created the Puget SoundCorps to help restore the Sound to health and state Ecology and state Veterans Affairs agencies are seeking to hire veterans. State seeks veterans to spearhead Puget Sound cleanup

Veteran or civilian, take a day next Saturday to do some good for the land and waters of Puget Sound. Volunteer help needed for National Public Lands Day on Sept. 24

Is it working? The state Legislature estimated that the $30 annual fee to enjoy state parks that went into effect July 1 would generate $64 million in revenue in two years. Discover Pass for state lands raised $5.2 million in first two months

Nancy (pictures) and Peter (words) blog about the Birds of Jetty Island

In puzzling over why the world temperature hasn’t risen more than it has despite greenhouse gas emission increases in the last decade, scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research have hypothesized that this ‘missing’ heat may be held deep in oceans, temporarily masking climate-warming effects. "Missing" global heat may hide in deep oceans

Finally, “To see a world in a grain of sand /And a heaven in a wild flower...” Greg Hanscom in Grist reports on photographer David Liittschwager’s One Cubic Foot project “which involves dragging a small, green, open-sided box around the globe and setting it up in different places to see what wanders, slithers, swims, or flutters through.” You’d be amazed with what Liittschwager has captured in San Francisco Bay. The aliens have landed!

Now, your tug weather:
WEST ENTRANCE U.S. WATERS STRAIT OF JUAN DE FUCA- 254 AM PDT MON SEP 19 2011
  SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY FOR HAZARDOUS SEAS IN EFFECT THROUGH THIS AFTERNOON
  TODAY
 W SWELL 10 FT AT 11 SECONDS. W WIND 10 KT. WIND WAVES 1 FT.
 TONIGHT
 LIGHT WIND BECOMING SE 10 KT. WIND WAVES 1 FT OR LESS. W SWELL 8 FT AT 10 SECONDS.

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