Tuesday, September 27, 2011

9/27 Salish Sea News & Weather: Stormwater, Hood Canal fish kills, LOTT, Wild Olympics, deer cull, foggy weather

PHOTO: Lee First
Lee First at RE Sources was doing her water sampling yesterday and was pretty excited. “Yes,” she wrote. “It’s the opening day of stormwater season!   After looking at all the fisherman standing along the shore of Whatcom Creek just now and thinking about the upstream stormwater pipes, I'm inspired.”

In the West Seattle Blog... Laura James, our favorite diver/videographer, sent in her latest piece documenting the runoff entering the waters off Alki Beach. What comes down, must go out – into Puget Sound, off Alki

Other SCUBA divers are documenting the latest development in Hood Canal where deep-water fish are suffering from oxygen depletion. The Kitsap Sun’s Chris Dunagan reports. Creatures stressed in Hood Canal; fish kill possible

Budd Inlet wastewater treatment will get a long overdue upgrade when two sedimentation basins will be replaced. These have been in service since the plant opened 60 years ago. LOTT to kick off $50 million basin work

According to a Port of Port Angeles commissioned report, the Wild Olympics Campaign to add private lands to federal wilderness in Olympic National Park would cost jobs and wages. The full study will be available on the Port of Port Angeles website on Wednesday, commissioners said. Port-sanctioned study sees job loss if Wild Olympics plan goes through 

Bambi grows up. BC municipalities are facing an explosive issue as deer suddenly have lost their fear of humans and have been attacking pets and even people in rural B.C. “Cranbrook is the first B.C. community to receive provincial approval to cull problem deer in its downtown area, and Kimberley and other B.C. towns are lining up for the right to curb the huge increase in the deer population.” Deer cull key issue at Union of B.C. Municipalities meeting

Meanwhile, down south on Vashon, the issue is how to give both hunters and pedestrians access to an island resource. Anyone ask the deer? County gives a tentative nod to 17-day hunting season in Island Center Forest

Finally, Vincent Pica writes in Three Sheets Northwest about what to worry about if the rains stop this winter. “There are three different types of fog. There’s fog that forms when water is warmer than the air, called “steam” fog (think of a boiling pot of spaghetti). Fog that forms when the water is colder than the air is called “advection” fog. The third type, called “radiation” fog, is formed by cooling of the land after sunset by thermal radiation. But fog is fog. You can’t see land or buoys or, worse, your bow! What to do?” How to handle that dreaded weather condition – fog

No fog but here’s your tug weather:
WEST ENTRANCE U.S. WATERS STRAIT OF JUAN DE FUCA- 300 AM PDT TUE SEP 27 2011
  SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY FOR HAZARDOUS SEAS IN EFFECT THROUGH WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON
  TODAY
 W SWELL 14 FT AT 13 SECONDS. SW WIND 10 TO 20 KT. WIND WAVES 1 TO 3 FT. SHOWERS LIKELY EARLY...THEN CHANCE OF SHOWERS.
 TONIGHT
 W SWELL 18 FT AT 13 SECONDS...SUBSIDING TO 12 FT AFTER MIDNIGHT. SW WIND 10 TO 15 KT...BECOMING S AFTER MIDNIGHT. WIND WAVES 1 OR 2 FT. CHANCE OF SHOWERS IN THE EVENING.

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