Thursday, September 1, 2011

9/1 News & Weather: Hot weather?, stopping 'stormwater,' elephant seal, bluebirds, dolphin protest, Chilean sea bass, mining Dupont, mining the West, leaping blinny

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Hard to believe: KIRO TV yesterday predicted Hottest Weather of 2011 Possible As Forecast Swing Is Set; Year's First 90° Possible Next Week  “A Spectacular Labor Day Weekend”

Curtis Hinman, however, wants it to rain so he can test various methods to reduce runoff pollution. Katie Campbell of EarthFix reports on New Center Tests Sustainable Stormwater Methods


A bit of excitement on Orcas Island last week as an elephant sea was stranded for awhile at West Beach. The sub-adult male wasn’t in the best of health but left after SeaDoc interns monitor elephant seal stranded at West Beach


Lynda Mapes in the Seattle Times reports in brief that Bluebirds finding happiness on San Juan Island  “A five-year effort to reintroduce Western bluebirds to the San Juan Islands has been successful, according to the American Bird Conservancy.”

Good story in The Olympian about 13-year old Clayton Lundstrom organizing his local community to speak out against the annual dolphin hunt in Taiji, Japan. Tumwater teen organizes rally to fight dolphin hunting  Clayton’s group will give the petition signatures they gather to Gov. Chris Gregoire and ask she take a stand against the killings.

On our do-not-eat menu: Clare Leschin-Hoar reports in Grist that a significant portion of fish labeled Chilean sea bass and certified by the Marine Stewardship Council was either not Chilean sea bass or caught in waters where the fishery is not sustainable. Chilean sea bass test yields fishy results


Some Dupont area resident object to plans by the CalPortland Co. to divert water from an aquifer so that they can mine sand and gravel more easily. Sounds terrible to do something like that but there’s a long negotiation history to the proposal and Olympian reporter John Dodge unravels all the details.  DuPont: Residents question proposed dewatering of aquifer


Long article in today’s Crosscut by Jonathan Thompson detailing how China and other growing countries are becoming bigger and bigger owners of the energy and raw materials they want in our West. And how much of those raw materials will come through our West Coast ports. Energy-hungry China is becoming a big player in the Mountain West


And, for your pondering: 'Landlubber' Fish Leap for Love When Tide Is Right: Research Sheds Light On How Animal Life First Evolved to Colonize Land


Now, your tug weather:
WEST ENTRANCE U.S. WATERS STRAIT OF JUAN DE FUCA-
 300 AM PDT THU SEP 1 2011
  TODAY
 SW WIND 10 KT...BECOMING W 10 TO 20 KT LATE. WIND WAVES 1 FT BUILDING TO 1 TO 3 FT. W SWELL 4 FT AT 8 SECONDS.
 TONIGHT
 W WIND 10 TO 20 KT. WIND WAVES 1 TO 3 FT. SW SWELL 4 FT AT 20 SECONDS. CHANCE OF RAIN AND DRIZZLE AFTER MIDNIGHT.
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