Tuesday, September 13, 2011

9/19/13 Salish Sea News & Weather: Elwha, Greenpeace, jellyfish, 'sea greens,' orcas, Point Wells, Broadview raingardens, cross-Strait power, boatyard fees, drinking water, phthalates

IMAGE: Laura James
TODAY: Ecology will be conducting an oil-spill response drill in Commencement Bay.

The West Seattle Blog... features two of my favorite people: Laura James and Eric Becker and their videos on working to make Puget Sound clean and healthy. Vivid reasons to learn – today! – how to fight Tox-Ick

Part 3 of John Kendall’s history of the Elwha Dams: Fisheries, dams linked in 1980s 

More history for the young folks: “A simple phone call about dead sea otters washing up on the shores of Alaska after U.S. nuclear tests lead to the birth of environmental organization Greenpeace four decades ago.” Agence France-Presse in the Times-Colonists reports on Vancouver marks birth of Greenpeace 40 years ago

KING5’s Gary Chittim shows us what’s going on with our jellies: Growing jelly fish invasion in Puget Sound

Want to eat off the beach? Take a Chance on Nutrient-Packed “Sea Greens”

Howard Garratt at Orca Network says: “I think there is a desire for that intimacy of a close look to really understand these whales, to just appreciate what they’re all about. People are very curious and that’s a good instinct. But people need to practice patience and let the whales come to them.” Giving orcas room to roam

See you in court: The Town of Woodway and a community group filed a lawsuit Monday to stop county planners from processing Blue Square Real Estate's application to build the 3,081-unit project. Woodway and community group sue over proposed Point Wells condo project
   
Talk first, fight later: Seattle’s proposed natural drainage system in the Broadview neighborhood has spurred a group of residents to hire lawyers and gear up for a fight, nervous the project could ruin their neighborhood.  As city plans new Broadview raingardens, neighbors ready for fight  

I love these company names: Sea Breeze Power and Boundless Energy are still proposing to build a underwater transmission cable between Port Angeles and Victoria. Cross-Strait power cable project still in works

Barbara Bach in Three Sheets Northwest reports on boatyard owners objecting to the state’s proposal to recover all costs associated with administering the General Boatyard Permit. The increase is estimated to be from a total of $29,000 at year to $213,000.  Proposal would mean big fee increase for boatyards

What’s in your drinking water?: Hillary Rosner in the New York Times blogs on how researching the risks posed by pharmaceuticals in the environment has gone nowhere in five years and we are no closer to understanding the problem or whether these contaminants should be regulated under the Clean Water Act. Impasse Persists on Drugs in Drinking Water

What’s in your kid’s body?: “...researchers measured phthalates in the urine of 319 pregnant women, then followed the children born to these women until age 3. The study found that children whose mothers had the highest levels of phthalates had increased rates of behavior problems and decreased skills related to voluntary movement compared to children whose mothers had the lowest levels. Girls whose mothers had the highest levels were also found to have decreased mental development at age 3 compared to girls whose mothers had the lowest phthalate concentrations.” From Environmental Health Perspectives Phthalate exposure in pregnancy shows up in toddlers

And, finally, although you know this, it’s important to know the argument: Don’t buy the job-killing hype: Regulations create jobs, save lives   
       
Now, your tug weather:
WEST ENTRANCE U.S. WATERS STRAIT OF JUAN DE FUCA- 237 AM PDT TUE SEP 13 2011
  TODAY
 SW WIND 10 KT BECOMING W 10 TO 15 KT LATE. WIND WAVES 1 OR 2 FT. W SWELL 2 FT AT 12 SECONDS.
 TONIGHT
 W WIND 10 TO 15 KT. WIND WAVES 1 OR 2 FT. W SWELL 2 FT AT 12 SECONDS...BUILDING TO 5 FT AT 12 SECONDS AFTER
 MIDNIGHT.

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