Wednesday, September 7, 2011

9/7 Salish Sea News & Weather: Wooden Boat Fest, fish heads, feasting orcas, Ballard rain gardens, ocean acidification, Deschutes Estuary, Ediz Hook

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Coming up this weekend is the Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival. Deborah Bach in Three Sheets Northwest previews the sights and sounds in The scoop on this year’s Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival

Check out how Washington State Patrol Trooper Jamie Arnold upheld the agency's "Service With Humility" motto last night on northbound I-5 at Northeast 145th. Yuck! Fish heads slow traffic on I-5

BC research scientist John Ford describes documenting how offshore orcas eat sleeper sharks off the north BC coast as “one of the top days in my 30-plus-year career studying wild killer whales.” Killer whales found feasting on sharks off B.C. coast

One more story on the rain garden fiasco in Ballard: Seattle removes rain gardens in Ballard   The lessons learned, however, will be what makes rain gardens successful.

Ashley Ahearn of EarthFix takes a look at HR1505 which would allow the Department of Homeland Security to build roads, transmission lines, and security installations on any federally-owned land within 100 miles of the U.S. coast or border. Proposal Puts National Security Ahead of Environmental Protection

Jennifer Langston in Sightline unpacks what can be done about ocean acidification. Reduce emissions, enforce laws, research effects. Details at Tackling the Other Carbon Problem

In a letter to The Olympian, Melody Mayer writes: “The science is clear, wildlife biologists agree, Puget Sound, Budd Inlet and the Deschutes River will have improved water quality and a healthier wildlife habitat by removing the dam at Fifth Avenue.”  Restoring estuary is the best alternative
 

Speaking of restoration: When the Elwha River is freely flowing again, sediment flow will resume in earnest to build the spit at Ediz Hook. Paul Gottlieb at the Peninsula Daily News reports on how Ediz Hook off Port Angeles will start growing again

Now, your tug weather:
WEST ENTRANCE U.S. WATERS STRAIT OF JUAN DE FUCA- 245 AM PDT WED SEP 7 2011
  TODAY
 LIGHT WIND...BECOMING NW 5 TO 10 KT LATE. WIND WAVES 1 FT OR LESS. W SWELL 5 FT AT 12 SECONDS. AREAS OF DENSE MORNING FOG.
 TONIGHT
 NW WIND 5 TO 10 KT...BECOMING LIGHT AFTER MIDNIGHT. WIND WAVES 1 FT OR LESS. W SWELL 6 FT AT 12 SECONDS.

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