Tuesday, October 4, 2011

10/4 Salish Sea News & Weather: Duwamish cleanup, SSA Marine, fish&wildlife cuts, Chinook, sand lance, kokanee, sewage, foraging, save sharks, On the Line

Marshall Islands sanctuary
How to spend your afternoon: Chat with filmmaker Eric Becker and EarthFix host Ashley Ahearn at 2:30 PM, then drop in on the Puget Sound Partnership’s public meeting in Poulsbo from 4:30 – 7 PM to help revise the Action Agenda and bring the Sound back to health by 2020.

Watch this, Jo Bailey, says. Great way to start the day.


Dredging work on one of the worst sites in the Seattle’s Duwamish River contaminated with polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, began this week. The multi-year project begins with Slip 4 dredging that will remove over 10,000 cubic yards of sediment and cost $8 million. Early cleanup of Seattle's only river moving ahead

The illegal land clearing done by SSA Marine, proponents of a coal export facility at Cherry Point, resulted in a Whatcom County fine of $4,400. "We waited patiently for the responsible agencies to take the proper steps when SSA Marine broke the law and violated water quality protections," RE Sources executive director Bob Ferris said. "They did not, so we are." RE Sources may sue SSA Marine over land clearing for Cherry Point project

Washington state’s natural resources programs receives about one percent of the state’s general fund so a 10 percent reduction to meet the proposed supplemental budget cuts deep. The state Fish & Wildlife Department budget would be reduced by $6.9 million between now and the end of the 2013 budget year and reduce salmon, shellfish and invasive species programs. Fish and Wildlife faces tough choices

Bainbridge Review reports the excitement over the first salmon sighted returning to a creek located between the Washington State Ferry maintenance yard and Waterfront Park. Chinook salmon sighted in Bainbridge Island’s Ravine Creek             

On Lopez Island, Friends of the San Juans has made an idyllic south end bay, one of only nine known Pacific sand lance spawning sites in the county, more idyllic for our all-important forage fish. Hooray. Making a home for spawning sand lance at Barlow Bay

Kokanee are land-locked version of ocean-going sockeye salmon. Kokanee in Lake Sammamish in east King County evolved from sockeye that entered the lake from the ocean and remained to form a resident population. Interesting and not in good health but not enough to warrant Endangered Species Act protection. Sammamish fish doesn't qualify for fed protection

Flush on: King County is replacing the 1935-era wooden pipes carrying Ballard sewage under Salmon Bay to its West Point Plant and laying a third pipe well beneath the bay. Major sewage pipeline project begins

The Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council of British Columbia has produced six online booklets that share tribal wisdom about how goose barnacles and eelgrass are much better for health, sustainability and your wallet than fast-food hamburgers and fries. Barnacles beat burgers for Island First Nation

More foraging: Daniel Winkler has written A Field Guide to Edible Mushrooms of the Pacific Northwest, the first-ever pocket-sized guide that features 43 edible and eight poisonous mushrooms found around Puget Sound. New Field Guide Helps Foragers Identify Local Mushrooms

The Marshall Islands government has created the world's largest shark sanctuary, covering nearly two million sq km (750,000 sq miles) of ocean and will ban trade in shark products and commercial shark fishing throughout its waters. Vast shark sanctuary created in Pacific

If you like to watch: Larry Pynn in the Vancouver Sun reviews Frank Wolf’s 70-minute documentary, On the Line, which captures the beauty of northern British Columbia where the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline would deliver bitumen from Alberta’s oilsands to ocean-going tankers at Kitimat. VIFF films shine light on environmental gems  


Now, your tug weather:
WEST ENTRANCE U.S. WATERS STRAIT OF JUAN DE FUCA- 300 AM PDT TUE OCT 4 2011
  SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 8 AM PDT THIS MORNING GALE WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 8 AM PDT THIS MORNING THROUGH THIS EVENING
  TODAY
 SE WIND 15 TO 25 KT...RISING TO 25 TO 35 KT IN THE AFTERNOON. WIND WAVES 1 TO 3 FT...BUILDING TO 3 TO 5 FT IN THE
 AFTERNOON. W SWELL 8 TO 10 FT AT 11 SECONDS. CHANCE OF SHOWERS IN THE MORNING. CHANCE OF RAIN IN THE AFTERNOON.
 TONIGHT
 SE WIND 20 TO 30 KT...BECOMING E 10 TO 20 KT IN THE EVENING. WIND WAVES 2 TO 4 FT. W SWELL 7 FT AT 10 SECONDS.
 RAIN.

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2 comments:

  1. Puget Sound Partnership Open House at Padilla Bay Mon Oct 10 4:30 - 7:00 or there a-bouts. Maybe post a reminder for folks.

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  2. Will do, along with next Tuesday's session in Olympia. Mike

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