Monday, November 14, 2011

11/14 Salish Sea News and Weather: Captain Happy, Kitsap shores, Tacoma shores, Asarco plume, SoundCorps, green BC, San Juan sea level, BC pipeline, Discover Pass, plastics ban, Wave Glider, runoff

Shoreline Living
Good way to start the week: “Captain Happy...Stormwater Hero

Discussion begins in earnest about shoreline buffers in Kitsap Count and the value of protecting natural vegetation along the shoreline as the county’s shorelines task force recommends changes to the Kitsap County Shorelines Master Program. Shoreline buffers move to front burner 

In Tacoma, reporter Peter Callaghan notes that commercial interest have had their say in revisions to Tacoma’s shoreline master plan. “Citizens for a Healthy Bay has been involved from the start. But rather than speak up on behalf of the bay, which has few lobbyists, CHB spent too much time echoing the positions of the Port of Tacoma and industry, which have plenty.” Who now can will speak for the public interest? Public has only 1 more ally to influence Tacoma shoreline plan

Last week’s public meeting on Vashon brought out about 200 souls with questions and concerns about the next phase of the Tacoma Smelter Plume. Large crowd shows to learn about Asarco pollution cleanup 

Veterans’ Day was the perfect time to debut the new jobs program connecting military vets with Puget Sound cleanup and recovery. SoundCorps program gives veterans environmental mission for Puget Sound

Craig Welch in the Seattle Times reports on Vancouver’s plan to become the greenest city by 2020. Good greening. Vancouver, B.C., works to be greenest of all

The Friends of the San Juans and Coastal Geologic Services have mapped how sea level rise will affect the San Juan Islands. The new maps are found hereHow sea level rise affects San Juan Island

There’s a temporary lull in the battle to stop the Keystone XL pipeline but the battle continues to halt the Northern Gateway pipeline proposed from Alberta to British Columbia. Opponents of Northern Gateway pipeline brace for a fight

Uh, oh. The $30 annual pass to visit Washington state parks isn’t generating the kind of revenue hoped for. Part of the problem may be not being able to transfer the pass from one car to another. Discover Pass funds coming up short

Having settled its viaduct future, the Emerald City maybe now can deal with its plastic bag future?  Seattle council may ban plastic bags

Ashley Ahearn at EarthFix reports on the sea-going, data-collecting Wave Glider. The Five Coolest Things about Ocean-Exploring Robots

Today’s editorial in The Columbian addresses the toxic chemicals and the polluted runoff problems in Puget Sound. “But what does all of that have to do with Clark County? Plenty, because how successful people and businesses become in reducing Puget Sound pollution will resonate here. We’re equally concerned about water quality in the Columbia River and other waterways.” Smart people down south. Puget Sound Problem: Recent report defines pollutants and where they come from

Speaking to the problem and a solution, Martha Baskin of Green Acre Radio reports on the toxic soup that runs into Puget Sound. Rain Gardens Part Two: An Odd Urban Tale About Things that Run Down the Drain and How to Stop the Flow

Now, your tug weather--
WEST ENTRANCE U.S. WATERS STRAIT OF JUAN DE FUCA- 545 AM PST MON NOV 14 2011

 SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY FOR WINDS IN EFFECT UNTIL NOON PST TODAY
 SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY FOR HAZARDOUS SEAS IN EFFECT FROM NOON PST TODAY THROUGH THIS AFTERNOON
  TODAY
 W WIND 15 TO 25 KT...EASING TO 10 TO 20 KT IN THE AFTERNOON. WIND WAVES 2 TO 4 FT. NW SWELL 10 FT AT 13 SECONDS. CHANCE OF SHOWERS.
 TONIGHT
 W WIND 10 TO 15 KT...BECOMING LIGHT LATE. WIND WAVES 1 OR 2 FT. W SWELL 9 FT AT 12 SECONDS. CHANCE OF SHOWERS THROUGH THE NIGHT.

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