Tuesday, October 18, 2011

10/18 Salish Sea News and Weather: BC virus, oil train, CSOs, Dungeness R., Campbell R., Lacey shores, Barry Lewis, Will Swagel, barnacles, rising seas

IF YOU LIKE TO WATCH 1: Our Lady of Lights shares the very cool “Owl on Final Approach

IF YOU LIKE TO WATCH 2: If this doesn’t bring a tear to your eyes, check your pulse: “Flashmob Surprise Party

And, not yet but soon: Live video streaming during 9-day viaduct closure

New Blog: “B.C.’s Bragging Rights in the Salish Sea

Nothing to brag about: Randy Shore in the Vancouver Sun reports that infectious salmon anemia has been found in B.C.’s Rivers Inlet. It  is a flu-like virus never found before in the North Pacific. It affecting Atlantic salmon and spreads very quickly and mutates easily. It’s effect on wild sockeye isn’t known. Wild B.C. salmon test positive for 'lethal' virus linked to fish farms

Oil Train: Whitney Pipkin in the Skagit Valley Herald reports on Tesoro Refinery’s proposal to build additional railways and spurs for crude oil deliveries in Anacortes. “The project is part of the refinery’s decision to increase the amount of product it receives from a North Dakota shale deposit from 2,000 barrels per day to 30,000 barrels per day, reducing its reliance on other sources.” Public comment deadline is Oct. 21. Tesoro rail project headed for approval

Keri DeTore reports in the West Seattle Blog... on the city of Seattle’s plans to fix its combined sewage overflow problem. Keeping West Seattle waterways cleaner: The city takes on CSO 

Olympic National Park officials estimate it would cost about $7.6 million to restore the Upper Dungeness River watershed by improving fish passage and upgrading roads and trails but, alas, the money just isn’t there.  Upper Dungeness restoration advocates concede money isn’t available

As a young man, Mike Gage worked for logging companies and thought nothing of driving through salmon streams to get to trees on the other side. “In those days, we could see no end to the old growth forest, just as we could see no end to the fish. We were wrong.” He is 71 now and  leads the Campbell River Salmon Foundation in restoring habitat. Mark Hume paints a great story in Fish get a helping hand to spawn

There are three miles of shorelines along Woodland Creek and Puget Sound under city of Lacey jurisdiction. Now, the shoreline program that governs future development and preservation is in place. Congratulations. Ecology approves Lacey’s shoreline program update

Journal of the San Juans editor Scott Rasmussen tells a story of a day in the life of San Juan Island National Historical Park chief ranger Barry Lewis. Evolution of enforcement at San Juan Island's National Historical Park  http://www.pnwlocalnews.com/sanjuans/jsj/news/132029838.html

Thanks to Paige for passing on Robert Woolsey’s KCAW story from Sitka about Will Swagel’s fishy parody of “The Night Before Christmas.” Take a listen to “The Bight Before Christmas” ‘Twas the night before Christmas, throughout Sitka Sound. / Not a creature stirred anywhere on the fish grounds. / The hoochies were hung in the wheelhouse with care… Author's Christmas "Bight" featured in Pacific Fishing

No Hunting: Environmental groups file to block wolf hunt

Thanks, Josh, for sending on Ben Coxworth’s fascinating story in GizMag about macrocyclic lactones, molecules created by certain types of bacteria, which when added to a regular anti-fouling coating and applied to a boat’s hull keeps barnacles from attaching. There’s a pretty dramatic picture with the news article. Bacterial byproduct keeps barnacles from clinging to ships' hulls

We probably will need the anti-fouling coating in the next five centuries. Sea Levels to Continue to Rise for 500 Years? Long-Term Climate Calculations Suggest So

Now, your tug weather--
 WEST ENTRANCE U.S. WATERS STRAIT OF JUAN DE FUCA- 610 AM PDT TUE OCT 18 2011
  GALE WARNING IN EFFECT UNTIL 11 AM PDT THIS MORNING
  TODAY
 E WIND 25 TO 35 KT...EASING TO 15 TO 25 KT IN THE AFTERNOON. WIND WAVES 4 TO 6 FT...SUBSIDING TO 2 TO 4 FT. W SWELL 6 FT AT 11 SECONDS.
 TONIGHT
 E WIND 10 TO 20 KT...BECOMING SE 10 KT LATE. WIND WAVES 1 TO 3 FT SUBSIDING TO 1 FT. W SWELL 6 FT AT 10 SECONDS.

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