Friday, December 9, 2011

12/9 Salish Sea News and Weather: PIC grants, Skagit fecals, Everett mill, plastics, Gulf songbirds, Orton Junction, geoducks, tsunami debris, Nisqually award

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Get up before 5 AM tomorrow morning and, if the sky’s clear, enjoy a total eclipse of the moon.  There's a large lunar eclipse coming bright and early Saturday

Meet the future; it’s arrived. Vancouver Sun launches new Chinese-language website Taiyangbao.ca

Kitsap, Pierce, Thurston, San Juan and Skagit counties get the first round of funds under the new Puget Sound Pollution Identification and Correction Program to lower high levels of fecal coliform from failing septic systems, livestock and pet waste, urban stormwater and boats in marinas. State adopts Kitsap's pollution program

Maybe more money will help clean up the Bayview and NoName watersheds of Padilla Bay. Rabbits’ Guy forwarded findings presented earlier this week from volunteer water quality sampling of 19 sites for fecal coliform from October 2010 thru August 2011. “As you will see from the data, it is pretty bad when it rains,” he comments. Bay View/NoName Watershed water quality data  2010-2011

700 employees will be out of work as a result of Everett’s pulp mill not being sold. Kimberly-Clark won’t discuss where the negotiations broke down with Atlas Holdings LLC but mention disagreement over cleanup responsibilities in the East Waterway, polluted with dioxin, a cancer-causing toxin produced in chlorine-based pulp making. Kimberly-Clark's Everett mill to close after talks fail; Negotiations break down over environmental issues; mill to be closed by March 2012 

Martha Baskin at Green Acre Radio reports on the progress of Seattle --The Emerald City — attempting to prove its green credentials by banning plastic bags like Washington DC, Portland, Edmonds and Bellingham. What’s Ubiquitous But Microscopic, Useful But Harmful And Used by Two Billion in the State and Two Ninety Million in the City?
 

Clare Leschin-Hoar in Grist goes deep on how washing your fleece jacket can put thousands of mjcroplastic polyester fibers down the drain and into our waterways and ocean food chain. Fleeced again: How microplastic causes macro problems for the ocean

A decades-long study of songbirds on Portland Island and several other small Gulf islands find birds are under stress and sometimes dying because they're frightened of predators. Meanwhile, deer populations are booming because they have no predators to be afraid of.  'The fear effect' threatens survival of our songbirds 

Futurewise,  American Farmland Trust, the Friends of Pierce County, the Tahoma Audubon Society and the PCC Farmland Trust have appealed Pierce County’s decision to let Sumner expand its growth boundaries into 182 acres of protected soil. The Orton Junction plan would allow a mixed-use development south of Sumner with shops, medical facilities, homes and a YMCA. Groups appeal urban growth expansion near Sumner 

The Case Inlet Shoreline Association and the Sierra Club Washington State Chapter have petitioned the Washington Department of Ecology to amend geoduck aquaculture rulemaking. The petitioners charge that the rule adopted by Ecology allows a permit exemption for geoduck aquaculture not authorized by the Shoreline Management Act. Citizens Petition Ecology To Change Geoduck Aquaculture Rulemaking 
 

Oceanographers Curtis Ebbesmeyer and Jim Ingraham talk at 6:30 PM on Tuesday at Peninsula College. Oceanographers study what will wash up on beaches after Japan's March tsunami
 

The Nisqually Estuary Restoration Team receives the Coastal America Partnership Award for outstanding efforts to restore and protect the coastal environment on Saturday at the Refuge. Nisqually Estuary Team To Be Honored

Climate scientist Cliff Mass reports that there’s been unusual high pressure this week and, as a result, unusual low tides along the Pacific coast. You notice anything?  High Pressure Produces Low Sea Level

Now, your weekend tug weather--
WEST ENTRANCE U.S. WATERS STRAIT OF JUAN DE FUCA- 837 AM PST FRI DEC 9 2011
  SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 3 PM PST THIS AFTERNOON
  TODAY
 E WIND 15 TO 25 KT. WIND WAVES 1 TO 4 FT. W SWELL 6 FT AT 18 SECONDS. PATCHY FOG IN THE MORNING.
 TONIGHT
 E WIND 5 TO 10 KT...BECOMING SW AFTER MIDNIGHT. WIND WAVES 1 FT OR LESS. W SWELL 5 TO 6 FT AT 16 SECONDS. AREAS OF FOG
 AFTER MIDNIGHT.
 SAT
 W WIND 5 TO 15 KT. WIND WAVES 1 TO 2 FT. W SWELL 6 TO 7 FT AT 15 SECONDS. A CHANCE OF RAIN.
 SAT NIGHT
 W WIND 5 TO 10 KT IN THE EVENING...BECOMING LIGHT. WIND WAVES 1 FT OR LESS. W SWELL 7 TO 8 FT.
 SUN
 LIGHT WIND. WIND WAVES LESS THAN 1 FT. W SWELL 7 TO 8 FT.

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1 comment:

  1. Regarding the Pollution Identification and Correction awards to several counties, including Skagit - here in Skagit (where we already have the program funded by the EPA and so the new award is for enhancement and expansion) we sometimes call it the Pollution Identification and Count program since the correction efforts in the ag lands of the Samish River are all done by the State Department of Ecology on thier own nickle and none of the PIC money. It is frustrating.

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