Tuesday, October 11, 2011

10/11 alish Sea News & Weather: Explosives barge, Goldstream salmon, more Elwhas, septic fees, cold winter, Tox-ick Monster, creosote logs, ferry traffic, hairy crabs

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Today’s Partnership public meeting on what you think needs to be done to restore the Sound to health by 2020 is from 4:30-7 PM in Olympia at the LOTT Clean Water Alliance

Deer hunting season begins on Saturday. On Vashon, too

Yesterday’s blog: “Doing Easy Vs. Hard Stuff”

If you like to watch: Monday’s grounded dry-cargo barge on Belle Rock five miles southwest of Anacortes in Rosario Strait was captured by a U.S. Coast Guard video. Barge with explosive ordnance, vehicles aground on Belle Rock

Speculation extends to whether a gasoline and diesel spill last spring is contributing to coho and chinook salmon arriving in Saanich Inlet not entering the Goldstream River. Salmon missing at Vancouver Island's Goldstream River; Annual run almost two weeks late following large fuel spill in April

Billy Frank, Jr., writes: “We all owe a big  ‘thank you’ to the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe. They never gave up on getting those two dams torn down, and today that dream is becoming a reality. For 100 years they have had to wait for their treaty rights to be restored and for the salmon to return.  The salmon never gave up either. At a recent dam removal celebration, I saw 73 chinook swimming in the clear green water at the foot of the Elwha Dam, ready and waiting. And it won’t be long before the river’s estuary comes back to life, too, with clams spitting all over the place.” There are a lot more Elwhas out there 

On Thursday, Thurston County will have a public hearing on an ordinance assessing residents in the Nisqually Reach watershed an annual operation and maintenance fee for their onsite septic systems. Fees could protect shellfish

Brrrr. The winter forecast is for one of the coldest winters in the past 20 years for Western Canada. Vancouver, Western Canada facing record cold temperatures this winter

Diver and photographer Laura James reports that more than 70 adults attended last evening’s polluted runoff public workshop in West Seattle. Bad news for the Tox-Ick Monster = good news for Pathfinder

Look for a helicopter working to remove creosote logs on October 19 from Fisherman Bay on Lopez Island. It’s all a part of a project led by the Washington Department of Natural Resources working with the San Juan County Land Trust and a crew from the Puget Sound Corps. Land bank works to remove toxic creosote logs from Fisherman Bay preserves

Susan Gilmore in the Seattle Times reports that the total number of trips taken by Washington State Ferries customers dropped 13 percent between 2000 and 2008, but revenue has gone up as a result of fare increases.  Ferry riders take fewer trips, but revenue up

Maybe not only in China but certainly in China: Frank Langfitt on NPR reports that “Fake products permeate nearly every corner of China's economy... Each fall, the fakery even extends to the world of seafood and East China's Yangcheng Lake, which is just a short train ride from Shanghai. Yangcheng is home to what are reputed to be China's tastiest and most expensive hairy crabs.” Something's Fishy About Chinese Hairy Crabs

Now, your tug weather:
WEST ENTRANCE U.S. WATERS STRAIT OF JUAN DE FUCA- 300 AM PDT TUE OCT 11 2011
  GALE WARNING IN EFFECT UNTIL 5 AM PDT EARLY THIS MORNING
 SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 5 AM PDT EARLY THIS MORNING THROUGH LATE TONIGHT
  TODAY
 SW WIND 25 TO 35 KT...EASING TO 15 TO 25 KT EARLY IN THE MORNING. WIND WAVES 4 TO 6 FT...SUBSIDING TO 2 TO 4 FT IN THE
 MORNING. SW SWELL 8 FT AT 8 SECONDS...BUILDING TO W 10 FT AT 9 SECONDS IN THE AFTERNOON. SHOWERS.
 TONIGHT
 SW WIND 15 TO 25 KT...EASING TO 10 TO 20 KT LATE. WIND WAVES 2 TO 4 FT. W SWELL 13 FT AT 11 SECONDS...BUILDING TO 15 FT AT 15 SECONDS AFTER MIDNIGHT. SHOWERS.

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