Monday, December 26, 2011

12/26 King tides, BNSF, Cornwall cleanup, nuke sub near-miss, Redfish Rock Reserve, BC debris, Nahwitti Windfarm

PHOTO: David Anderson
King tides are higher-than-usual tides that occur when the sun and moon’s gravitational pull reinforce one another. Experience them this week. King Tides Offer a Chance to See a Climate-Changed Future  

Congratulations to Puget Soundkeeper Alliance for suing Burlington Northern Santa Fe for runoff pollution at its Balmer Yard facility.  BNSF will pay $1.5 million to the California-based Rose Foundation for Communities and the Environment, which will then award local grants to improve the water quality of Puget Sound.  BNSF agrees to pay $1.5 million to settle water suit  

Cleanup begins at Bellingham’s Cornwall Avenue shoreline formed by garbage dumped in the bay in the ‘50s and ‘60s. The cleanup is part of the bay’s waterfront renovation.  Bellingham marina dredging, waterfront cleanup under way  

The October 12 near-miss collision of a freighter and the submarine USS Kentucky in the Strait of Juan de Fuca is reported in Navy Times. Nuclear sub narrowly avoids collision with freighter off B.C. coast: report

Coming soon: Redfish Rocks Reserve, south of Port Orford, has brought fishermen and conservationists together in an attempt to bring back the fish. Researchers, Fishing Fleets Ready For Oregon’s First Marine Reserve

British Columbia is naming members to its Provincial Tsunami Debris Working Group to see which agencies will deal with tsunami debris when it hits the B.C. Shores. B.C. launches task force to manage coming tsunami debris  

Cleanup work has begun on a Northlake Community Wharf near Gas Works Park, a long-discussed project to better connect the Fremont and Wallingford neighborhoods to Lake Union through a facility operated as a second location of the nonprofit Center for Wooden Boats.  Work begins on community wharf near Gas Works Park

The proposed Nahwitti Windfarm Project north of Port Hardy plans to erect as many as 50 wind turbines with a goal of producing 100 megawatts of wind energy got its environmental assessment certificate-- along with a long list of conditions.  Wind farm on north Island clears hurdle

The City of Snohomish will install a biological filtering system in its wastewater treatment plant to reduce pollutants and decrease the levels of nitrogen in the river. City of Snohomish works to reduce pollution in river

Now, your tug weather--
WEST ENTRANCE U.S. WATERS STRAIT OF JUAN DE FUCA- 837 AM PST MON DEC 26 2011
SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 1 PM PST THIS AFTERNOON
 GALE WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 1 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO 4 AM PST TUESDAY
TODAY
S WIND 15 TO 25 KT...RISING TO 25 TO 35 KT THIS AFTERNOON. WIND WAVES 2 TO 4 FT...BUILDING TO 3 TO 6 FT THIS AFTERNOON. W SWELL 14 FT AT 13 SECONDS...SUBSIDING TO 12 FT AT 13 SECONDS IN THE AFTERNOON. RAIN.
TONIGHT
S WIND 25 TO 35 KT...BECOMING SW 20 TO 30 KT LATE. WIND WAVES 3 TO 6 FT. W SWELL 10 FT AT 12 SECONDS. RAIN IN THE EVENING... THEN SHOWERS AFTER MIDNIGHT.

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