Tuesday, February 21, 2012

2/21 Orca Sing, wet coast, biomass, INCA, Dicks on hatcheries, South Delta flooding, Waterfront Seattle, Snohomish sewage

Primeval Shores (Laurie MacBride)
If you like to watch: Check out Cali Bagby’s online slide show of last June 18th’s 12th Annual Orca Sing  

Laurie MacBride in Eye on the Environment writes about BC’s Central and North Coast after listening to the heavy rain and to a report about the Northern Gateway pipeline and tanker proposal. Mosaic of Green: the Wet Coast

Connie Gallant in Quilcene asks if you would sign an online petition to the City of Port Angeles, Port Townsend, county and state government: A moratorium on construction/operations of biomass incinerators/boilers  

Tom Reeve and Islanders for a National Conservation Area (INCA) have been doing a great job on both the issue and their web page with up-to-date reports on how you can support the effort to permanently protect BLM lands in the San Juans. Check out INCA

Who wants wild fish?-- Congressman Norm Dicks visited Olympia Monday and spoke on the importance of Washington fisheries and asking state lawmakers to fund fish hatcheries. “They’re talking about doing some funding for hatcheries in Puget Sound, which I think would be a good idea,” Dicks said after the meeting of the Senate natural resources committee. “It’s a job creator, helps the harvest, it’s a great idea.” Congressman Dicks: hatchery funding would create jobs

South Delta will be vulnerable to disastrous flooding in the coming decades without wholesale adaptation to rising sea levels.  Speakers at a science symposium in Vancouver on Sunday said projections of a one-metre rise in sea level are too conservative.  Waterfront homes, inland suburban developments, roads and farmland are all vulnerable to a sea level rise of 1.2 metres, according to research presented by David Flanders of the University of B.C.  South Delta faces rising threat from floods  

The group Waterfront Seattle is holding public discussions at Town Hall that will help determine what the new waterfront will look like after the Alaskan Way Viaduct comes down. Three meetings are scheduled-- The first is on the environment: how the new waterfront can help restore the natural ecology of Elliott Bay.  The second is called “Setting the Stage” and focuses on creating vibrant spaces for arts and culture. The third is on uniqueness: how to make the rich history of the Seattle waterfront part of the new design. Waterfront design workshops at Town Hall Seattle

A $50,000 grant from the Island Coastal Economic Trust has funded a seafood traceability system called Thisfish, which allows consumers to go online and find out where their seafood originated. With a click of a button, consumers can find out who caught, processed and sold their purchase. In total, 120 B.C. fishers are registered in the voluntary program, but anyone can get involved.  Trace origin of your seafood: Island fishing industry touts high tech program

The Department of Ecology is proposing to lend the city of Snohomish $2.2 million to design a pipeline from its wastewater treatment plant to Everett. This project is one of 58 projects the department is proposing to fund next year.  Snohomish in line for $2.2 million loan to design sewage pipeline  

Now, your tug weather--
WEST ENTRANCE U.S. WATERS STRAIT OF JUAN DE FUCA- 300 AM PST TUE FEB 21 2012
SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 6 AM PST THIS MORNING THROUGH THIS EVENING
 GALE WARNING IN EFFECT FROM THIS EVENING THROUGH WEDNESDAY MORNING
TODAY
W WIND 15 TO 25 KT. WIND WAVES 1 TO 4 FT. W SWELL 8 FT AT 11 SECONDS...BUILDING TO 10 FT AT 11 SECONDS IN THE AFTERNOON. RAIN.
TONIGHT
W WIND 20 TO 30 KT...RISING TO 25 TO 35 KT AFTER MIDNIGHT. COMBINED SEAS 11 TO 14 FT WITH A DOMINANT PERIOD OF
 15 SECONDS. RAIN.

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