Monday, October 10, 2011

10/10 Salish Sea News & Weather: NZ oil, coal export, PA sewage, pinto abalone, crabbing, Dabob Bay, spotted frogs, American Alps, caterpillars

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Today’s Puget Sound Partnership public meeting to hear what you have to say about what needs to be done to recover the health of the Sound by 2020 is at the Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve from 4:30 to 7 PM.

If you like to watch: Check out the progress on the Elwha restoration from the online cams at selected sites.

Definitely not good: Oil spill off the east coast of New Zealand poses threat to local populations of penguins, whales, seals and seabirds  New Zealand oil spill: Conservationists warn of wildlife 'tragedy'

Good for Mount Vernon and the Salish Sea: City Council and Mayor Bud Norris determined that increased train traffic associated with a new coal terminal at Cherry Point will affect Mount Vernon’s residents’ quality of life. MV urges rail traffic be included in review of coal terminal   

The City of Port Angeles is spending more than $40 million to eliminate sewage overflows and will hold a special public meeting on Tuesday to present the details. Meeting to examine big Port Angeles sewage overflow project

NOAA Fisheries has given the state Fish & Wildlife Department $560,000 for hatchery and nursery programs to recover the population of Puget Sound pinto abalone which have fallen to critically low levels. Grant will aid state plan to restore pinto abalone

Commercial crabbers went to court to stop the state from expanding Dungeness crab fishing by sport crabbers, claiming that the decision gave sport crabbers and unfair opportunity and was made in an “arbitrary and capricious manner.” Thurston County judge denies motion by Puget Sound commercial crabbers

Big deal: Have you heard about the “Department of Defense’s Readiness and Environmental Protection Initiative?” That’s the basis of a $3 million, five-year partnership announced between the Navy and The Nature Conservancy to protect the Navy’s underwater research range on Dabob Bay and allow for acquisition of land from willing landowners for preservation.   Navy, environmentalists reach pact for Dabob Bay range 

The state Fish and Wildlife Department worked with the Woodland Park Zoo, Northwest Trek Wildlife Park, Oregon Zoo and the Cedar Creek Corrections Center to raise 1,200 rare Oregon spotted frogs and release them in a wetlands at Joint Base Lewis-McChord last Thursday. Go frogs. Rare Oregon spotted frogs released at JBLM wetland 

A coalition that includes the North Cascades Conservation Council and Republicans for Environmental Protection are working on the American Alps Legacy Proposal. Former Washington governor and U.S. Senator Dan Evans, a Republican, says, “My attitude toward wilderness or toward protection is when in doubt, protect it. If things change and if it becomes appropriate to withdraw things from wilderness or from park protection, you can do that. If you don't protect it now, the chances are pretty good that what you're attempting to protect won't even be there in the future." Coalition proposes to expand North Cascades National Park by nearly 238,000 acres 

Uh, oh. Western hemlock looper caterpillars this summer defoliated hemlocks and other conifers in the Cascades. Hungry caterpillars take toll on forest

Now, your tug weather:
WEST ENTRANCE U.S. WATERS STRAIT OF JUAN DE FUCA- 300 AM PDT MON OCT 10 2011
  SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY IN EFFECT THROUGH LATE TONIGHT
  TODAY
 E WIND 10 TO 20 KT...RISING TO 15 TO 25 KT THIS AFTERNOON. WIND WAVES 1 TO 3 FT...BUILDING TO 2 TO 4 FT. W SWELL 10 FT AT 11 SECONDS...SUBSIDING TO 6 FT AT 10 SECONDS. RAIN.
 TONIGHT
 SW WIND 10 TO 20 KT...BECOMING S 15 TO 25 KT THIS EVENING. WIND WAVES 1 TO 3 FT...BUILDING TO 2 TO 4 FT. SW SWELL 6
 FT AT 9 SECONDS. RAIN LIKELY THIS EVENING...THEN RAIN AFTER MIDNIGHT.
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