Friday, November 11, 2011

11/11 Salish Sea News and Weather: Whale Tail Ale, orca and salmon, San Juan wilderness, Partnership retreat, dog poop, Keystone XL, water

Photo: The Oregonian
 Hold on; we have some weather coming in.

Thirsty? Whale Lady Donna invites us to West Seattle to try the new local brew which debuted on Wednesday. Whale Tail Ale, local brew, launches tonight in area bars

Will you share? Researchers figure that the current population of resident orcas need to eat about 790 to 950 chinook salmon a day. "The dilemma is this: if conservation objectives for killer whale population recovery are actually achieved, the resulting increase in predation pressure on Chinook stocks will compromise the ability to meet recovery objectives for Chinook salmon," University of Washington scientist Rob Williams and co-authors write in the journal PLoS One. Joe Rojas-Burke in The Oregonian reports:  Northwest salmon fisheries may have to share with killer whales

Ah, Wilderness. The Obama administration is calling for 18 new wilderness and conservation area declarations in nine Western states, including creation of a San Juan Islands National Conservation Area in Washington, protections for New Mexico's Rio Grande del Norte and 16 other sites. Administration urges new wilderness protection for San Juan Islands 

Puget Sound Partnership go a clean bill of health on its financial procedures from the State Treasurer but still got criticized for spending money on a now-cancelled executive retreat. Jordan Schrader in The News Tribune reports: Retreat for Puget Sound Partnership canceled; state still owes money

Uh oh. How much dog poop was NOT picked up by dog owners in the Henderson Inlet and Nisqually Reach watersheds? Visits to 16 sites in the watersheds netted more than 1,200 piles of dog waste weighing 127 pounds. Dog waste plagues Nisqually Reach, Henderson Inlet

Politics, yes. But step in the right direction, yes. And showing it makes a difference to organize and to speak out: The Obama administration said other potential routes for the Keystone XL through Nebraska needed to be studied, creating a delay that likely puts off a final decision until after the 2012 election. Obama delays oil pipeline, Neb. claims victory

Liquid, solid, gas? Think again. Science Daily reports: “Strange, stranger, strangest! To the weird nature of one of the simplest chemical compounds -- the stuff so familiar that even non-scientists know its chemical formula -- add another odd twist. Scientists are reporting that good old H2O, when chilled below the freezing point, can shift into a new type of liquid.” Weird World of Water Gets a Little Weirder 

Now, your weekend, thank-goodness-for-tug weather--
WEST ENTRANCE U.S. WATERS STRAIT OF JUAN DE FUCA- 300 AM PST FRI NOV 11 2011
  SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY IN EFFECT THROUGH LATE TONIGHT
 TODAY
 S WIND 15 TO 25 KT...BECOMING SW 20 TO 30 KT DURING THE LATE MORNING...THEN BECOMING W. WIND WAVES 2 TO 4 FT...BUILDING TO 3 TO 5 FT IN THE AFTERNOON. SW SWELL 10 FT AT 10 SECONDS. RAIN EARLY IN THE MORNING...THEN CHANCE OF SHOWERS IN THE AFTERNOON.
 TONIGHT
 NW WIND 20 TO 30 KT...EASING TO 15 TO 25 KT AFTER MIDNIGHT. WIND WAVES 2 TO 5 FT. W SWELL 13 FT AT 9 SECONDS. CHANCE OF RAIN AFTER MIDNIGHT.
 SAT
 W WIND 15 TO 25 KT...BECOMING S IN THE AFTERNOON. WIND WAVES 2 TO 4 FT. W SWELL 10 FT AT 10 SECONDS...SUBSIDING TO 8 FT AT 11 SECONDS IN THE AFTERNOON. RAIN.
 SAT NIGHT
 S WIND 15 TO 25 KT...BECOMING W 20 TO 30 KT AFTER MIDNIGHT. WIND WAVES 2 TO 5 FT. W SWELL 9 FT.
 SUN
 W WIND 20 TO 30 KT. WIND WAVES 3 TO 5 FT. W SWELL 11 FT.
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