Wednesday, December 28, 2011

12/28 Everett sewage, redistricting, Pleasant Harbor resort, Vancouver bag ban, watershed grants, eco-friendly farmed fish

New blog: “The Art of the Year-End Donation

Read two comment on yesterday’s blog post "Smokin’ and Talkin’ and Textin’ While Drivin’   

Eyew, yuk and shame shame: Gary Chittim reports that during Thankgiving week, Everett Public Works dumped an estimated 25 million gallons of untreated sewage and stormwater into the Snohomish River and Puget Sound. Penalties for polluting, anyone?   Millions of gallons of raw sewage dumped into Snohomish River  

We find out this morning what the agreed-upon new congressional district maps look like — and have until Friday to comment. Deal reached on new election districts

The draft supplemental environmental impact statement is due in about two months on the proposed 257-acres, $300 million Pleasant Harbor Marina and Golf Resort at Brinnon on Hood Canal. Paul Gottleib of the Peninsula Daily News brings us up to date on the project. Revamped plan for Pleasant Harbor mega-resort looks to the environment  

Vancouver B.C. plastic bags must not pollute the same way plastic bags in Bellingham, Edmonds, Mukilteo, Seattle and Portland do. Used to hear that about Victoria sewage— that it’s different. Metro Vancouver won't join Seattle and Portland in plastic bag ban
 Federal watershed grants include $500,000 awarded to The Nature Conservancy to identify what floodplain areas in Puget Sound have the best potential for storing floodwaters and providing fish and wildlife habitat and $480,584 awarded to Washington State University to test new methods to treat stormwater and conduct research on permeable pavement materials. EPA grants state $3.6 Million; 18 projects awarded funds for land, water conservation

Doesn’t make much difference whether you certify farmed fish as eco-friendly or not, it’s still farmed fish. Eco-labelled farm fish offer little environmental benefit, University of Victoria study concludes  

Now, your tug weather--
WEST ENTRANCE U.S. WATERS STRAIT OF JUAN DE FUCA- 247 AM PST WED DEC 28 2011
SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 4 AM PST THURSDAY
TODAY
SW WIND 20 TO 25 KT...BECOMING 20 TO 30 KT IN THE AFTERNOON. WIND WAVES 3 TO 5 FT. W SWELL 11 FT AT 11 SECONDS. RAIN IN THE MORNING...THEN SHOWERS IN THE AFTERNOON.
TONIGHT
W WIND 20 TO 30 KT. WIND WAVES 2 TO 5 FT. W SWELL 12 FT AT 11 SECONDS. SHOWERS IN THE EVENING...THEN SHOWERS LIKELY AFTER MIDNIGHT.
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