Tuesday, November 29, 2011

11/29 Salish Sea News and Weather: Special session, live Vancouver, ESA threat, mossy rainforests, Preserve Our Islands, plastic ban, rent a tree, tribal lands, abalone, climate and predation

PHOTO: AP/Ted Warren
New blog from Laurie MacBride, with pix-- West Beach: A Walk Worth the Wait

New blog from Skagit Leeks on, yes, Eating Gandhi

About 3,000 folks gathered in Olympia yesterday to protest the budget cuts pending in the special legislative session. Some folks disrupted meetings, some were arrested but the messages from the 99 percent were heard.  Protests mark first day of WA special session

Stuart Elway’s latest poll shows that the proportion of voters saying they want a “cuts-only budget” has shrunk from 37 percent of those surveyed last year to 20 percent this year, and 54 percent of the people surveyed in the latest poll said they’d be willing to pay a higher sales tax to stave off more cuts. Majority in state supports sales-tax hike, poll says

Bragging rights: Best places in the world to live (according to the consultant group Mercer) are: 1. Vienna, 2. Zurich, 3. Auckland, 4. Munich, and... 5. Vancouver!  Survey says the fifth best place in the world to live is...Vancouver 

Congressional hearing of the House Natural Resources Committee on the Endangered Species Act is set for Dec. 6 and will focus on how litigation involving the ESA is costing jobs and hurting the economy.  Rep. Hastings to take on Endangered Species Act 

The Ancient Forest Alliance and Hul'qumi'num Treaty Group want two stands near Cowichan Lake of giant old-growth bigleaf maple trees preserved. 'Canada's mossiest rainforest' needs protection, Island groups say

Preserve Our Islands, the Vashon-Maury Island group that got a gravel mining operation off the island, has figured out what it will focus on in the years to come. According to director Amy Carey, the group will pursue a dual path of continued presence on Vashon, staying involved in the development of the Maury site while working on other local conservation issues. It will also expand its reach to act as a regional watchdog for shoreline-related construction permitting. Island nonprofit sets its sights on continued conservation efforts 
 

Matt Fiske in Crosscut reports that the chemical industry people who beat Seattle's last attempt to limit waste are organizing to defeat or fend off municipal bans at the state level in the upcoming legislative session. Plastic bag backers may bypass Seattle to seek legislature's help

Neat idea: Adopt-A-Stream Foundation will rent you a live Christmas tree which, if you return it in good condition, they will plant next spring next to salmon streams. Rent a Christmas tree now and help salmon later

Rules governing tribal lands will be changing to allow for housing development and wind and solar energy projects on reservations. Administration unveils new rules for tribal lands

Read about the declining health of our Northern Abalone in the journal Aquatic Conservation:  Marine and Freshwater  Ecosystems where SeaDoc-funded researchers report finding fewer specimens than in 1979. Lonely abalone? SeaDoc-supported study finds them fewer and far between

University of British Columbia zoologist Christopher Harley, in examining the response of rocky shore barnacles and mussels to the combined effects of warming and predation by sea stars, reports that the biodiversity loss caused by climate change will result from a combination of rising temperatures and predation -- and may be more severe than currently predicted. Marine Biodiversity Loss Due to Global Warming and Predation, Study Predicts 

Now, your tug weather--
WEST ENTRANCE U.S. WATERS STRAIT OF JUAN DE FUCA- 300 AM PST TUE NOV 29 2011
  SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM THIS AFTERNOON THROUGH WEDNESDAY MORNING
  TODAY
 SE WIND 10 TO 15 KT...BECOMING S 10 TO 20 KT EARLY IN THE AFTERNOON...THEN RISING TO 15 TO 25 KT LATE. WIND WAVES 1 OR 2 FT...BUILDING TO 2 TO 4 FT LATE. W SWELL 7 FT AT 11 SECONDS. CHANCE OF RAIN IN THE MORNING...THEN RAIN IN THE AFTERNOON.
 TONIGHT
 SW WIND 15 TO 25 KT...BECOMING NW AFTER MIDNIGHT. WIND WAVES 3 TO 5 FT. W SWELL 9 FT AT 11 SECONDS...BUILDING TO 12 FT AT 11 SECONDS AFTER MIDNIGHT. RAIN IN THE EVENING...THEN SCATTERED SHOWERS AFTER MIDNIGHT.

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