Friday, October 7, 2011

10/7 Salish Sea News & Weather: Victoria sewage, herring bait fishery, shellfish toxin, 'fireproof whales', growing grapes, Mill Town, 'shrooms, lungfish

PHOTO: Laurie MacBride
Laurie MacBride, retired executive director of Georgia Strait Alliance, has been busy with her photography and writing. Check out her work on her new web site, Eye on Environment, Photography and Writing by Laurie MacBride
 

Next Monday and Tuesday the Puget Sound Partnership meets with its publics to hear comments on revising its Action Agenda to restore the Sound to health by 2020. Padilla Bay Reserve on Monday; Olympia on Tuesday. Details here.

Victoria’s road to fixing its sewage woes hit another bump with finger-pointing over who has to put money on the table before proceeding. $782-million sewage fix left in limbo; Treatment system falls two years behind as B.C. and Ottawa play waiting game

A budget-cutting proposal that would have eliminated the Puget Sound herring bait fishery was loudly opposed by the sport-fishing industry. The Department of Fish and Wildlife responded.  State eliminates plan to close herring bait fishery

Sequim Bay, the only body of salt water where diarrheal shellfish poisoning, or DSP, has been found in the United States, may be opened to shellfish harvest. Sickening shellfish toxin in Sequim Bay waning; reopening to shellfish deemed imminent

Joe Gaydos’ keynote talk at the Eleanor Stopps Environmental Leadership Award event in Port Townsend last week is reprinted in the San Juan Islander. Good stuff. Fireproof killer whales and social capital

Killer whales have been in the Nushagak River in southwest Alaska but never as far upstream as the three whales have been for the last few weeks. The NOAA spokesperson says it appears they are stressed from being in fresh water and are covered with a membrane. Killer whales near Alaska village, appear stressed

Drinking our way to hell: A federal agency report in 2009 found that average U.S. temperatures could increase 2 to 4 degrees  by 2020 compared with the 1970s' average. That's not huge, but the best grapes "grow in a narrow geographic range that exhibits a narrow climate envelope," says Noah Diffenbaugh, a climate scientist at Stanford University. That means Puget Sound.  Climate change to impact where wine grapes can grow

The Herald’s columnist Julie Muhlstein writes a nice piece about her first visit to the Scott Paper Mill in Everett, which is now the Kimberly-Clark Corp. mill which might be kept open if a buyer can be found. Remembering when Everett really was Mill Town

Photographer Machel Spence shows off her new book at several mycological events this month. ‘Shroom on: Pushing Up Earth

Old news to wheeze over: Lungfish Provides Insight to Life On Land: 'Humans Are Just Modified Fish'

Now, your weekend tug weather:
WEST ENTRANCE U. S. WATERS STRAIT OF JUAN DE FUCA- 300 AM PDT FRI OCT 7 2011

TODAY ... W WIND 10 KT BECOMING E 10 TO 15 KT. WIND WAVES 1 OR 2 FT. W SWELL 7 FT AT 10 SECONDS. RAIN LIKELY.

TONIGHT ... SE WIND 10 TO 15 KT. WIND WAVES 1 OR 2 FT. W SWELL 6 FT AT 10 SECONDS. AREAS OF LIGHT RAIN OR DRIZZLE.

SAT ... SE WIND 10 TO 15 KT RISING TO 15 TO 25 KT. WIND WAVES 1 OR 2 FT BUILDING TO 2 TO 4 FT. W SWELL 5 FT AT 9 SECONDS. RAIN LIKELY IN THE AFTERNOON.

SAT NIGHT ... SW WIND 15 TO 25 KT. WIND WAVES 2 TO 4 FT. W SWELL 6 FT.

SUN ... NW WIND 5 TO 15 KT BECOMING SE SUN NIGHT. WIND WAVES 1 OR 2 FT. W SWELL 11 FT.
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