Thursday, October 27, 2011

10/27 Salish Sea News and Weather: Gov's budget, coal trains, beach detective, Chico Cr., tidal energy

Boo! (Tidal turbine, see below)
Viadoom?

If you like to watch: Breaching Condit Dam, 10/26/11

New blog: Some thoughts on Carl Safina’s Proposal For A Merger of Knowledge and Devotion

Gov. Gregoire puts her proposal out this afternoon on how to balance the state budget’s $2 billion shortfall. Lawmakers gather in special session in late November.  Gregoire to unveil proposed cuts to state budget
 

Closely watched trains. Spokane enviro groups don’t like the prospects of having dozens more trains passing through loaded with coal going west to China. Environmental groups upset about coal trains 

Local hero: Jessie Stensland in the Whidbey News Times profiles the work of Mike McVay, beach detective, who finds pieces of beaches that belong to the public but whose ownership may have been ‘lost, forgotten or fogged up over the years.’ Sleuth uncovers public beaches — Island County joins the effort by hiring researcher

The Kitsap Sun reports on the progress replacing two culverts at Taylor and David roads to allow for a better flow of Dickerson Creek which flows into Chico Creek. For the habitat and the salmon. Restoration projects planned for Dickerson Creek in the Chico area

P.R. piece by Golder Associates but a good overview of how Snohomish PUD is moving forward with assessing the use of tidal energy in Puget Sound. Mapping a future for tidal energy

Now, your tug weather--
WEST ENTRANCE U.S. WATERS STRAIT OF JUAN DE FUCA- 300 AM PDT THU OCT 27 2011
  SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM THIS AFTERNOON THROUGH LATE TONIGHT
 GALE WATCH IN EFFECT FROM LATE TONIGHT THROUGH FRIDAY AFTERNOON
  TODAY
 NW WIND 10 KT BECOMING E IN THE MORNING...THEN RISING TO SE 15 TO 25 KT LATE. WIND WAVES 1 FT BUILDING TO 2 TO 4 FT. W SWELL 7 FT AT 9 SECONDS BUILDING TO 9 FT AT 14 SECONDS IN THE AFTERNOON.
 TONIGHT
 SE WIND 15 TO 25 KT RISING TO 25 TO 35 KT LATE. WIND WAVES 3 TO 6 FT. W SWELL 9 FT AT 13 SECONDS. CHANCE OF RAIN IN THE EVENING... THEN RAIN LIKELY AFTER MIDNIGHT.

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