Thursday, March 15, 2012

3/15 Garlic, navy scoping, healthy pastures, PA Harbor, creosote, northern BC, Seabeck marina, food poisoning, USS Ford, sea level rise, Muppet letter

PHOTO: Laurie MacBride
Laurie MacBride writes: “To me, garlic is both a kitchen essential and a thing of beauty.”  Lowly Bulb, Simple Beauty

Christopher Dunagan blogs: “A dozen environmental groups say they will boycott the nine “scoping meetings” the Navy is holding to kick off a new round of studies regarding testing and training activities in the Northwest." Environmental groups will boycott Navy meetings

The North Sound Baykeeper Team announces: “We’re having a photo contest! We’re looking for photos of healthy local pastures with good mud and manure management practices and buffers. As your Baykeeper Team, we work to protect marine and nearshore habitats of Whatcom and Skagit Counties.” Details at The Happy Pasture Photo Contest

There are two distinct areas of relatively high concentrations of pollution in the sediments of Port Angeles Harbor, and it may come from a variety of sources, Department of Ecology officials said. Ecology sampled 800 locations to determine sediment movement in the bay and samples taken from shallow scoops and deep cores in 140 locations throughout the harbor. Ecology scientists recently completed a $1.5 million study of the harbor’s sediments and presented a series of maps detailing how sediments move within the harbor — and what contaminants are in the soil and debris — at a public open house Tuesday.  Ecology: Various sources of pollution in Port Angeles Harbor

Creosote, a toxic substance extensively used as a wood preservative for marine pilings, attracts spawning herring, but groups working on the fish's recovery believe that creosote-covered pilings kill the eggs. Inspired by herring recovery programs in which creosote-covered pilings have been wrapped in landscaping fabric, the Salish Sea Herring Enhancement Society has placed similar curtains in test areas near Greater Victoria pilings and docks. Fishers float herring solution

Looking for a future? Or at least a decent job? Buy a parka and a thick pair of mittens and head north. That’s the word from Central 1 Credit Union, which said Wednesday that northern B.C. will enjoy the province’s strongest economic growth both this year and next. Northern B.C. to lead province in economic growth: Central 1 report

Three hundred Seabeck residents overran the Seabeck Conference Center on Tuesday night in their search for information about the marina that's under construction just a few hundred yards away. But no one could hear above the din of the town meeting called by the Seabeck Community Club, Central Kitsap Community Council and the Port of Bremerton. Finally, organizers split up the tide of humanity, sending some people up the hill to another hall. Seabeck turns out to ask about marina

Disease outbreaks with imported foods are on the rise, and fish and spices are the foods most likely to cause problems. It's not that imported foods are any nastier than home-grown, according to researchers at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It's that we're eating a lot more of them. Fish and spices top list of imported foods that make us sick

The Everett-based Navy guided-missile frigate USS Ford successfully sailed from the ship's homeport to San Diego on March 2, using 25,000 gallons of a 50-50 algae-derived, hydro-processed algal oil and petroleum blend in the ship's gas turbines. USS Ford successfully sails on biofuel blend

Nearly 4 million people across the United States, from Los Angeles to much of the East Coast, live in homes more prone to flooding from rising seas fueled by global warming, according to a new method of looking at flood risk published in two scientific papers. All told, 3.7 million people live in homes within three feet of high tide— the projected sea level rise by the year 2100 made by many scientists and computer models. More than 500 US cities have at least 10 percent of the population at increased risk, the studies said. New figures: More of US at risk to sea level rise  

Colm O'Regan in BBC News writes: Many of us have imagined writing a letter of resignation that shakes our bosses to the core, but few have actually done it, and rarely even then has the letter been read by millions. Greg Smith, who quit Goldman Sachs this week, has realised our fantasy. Goldman Sachs resignation: Muppet letter is everyone's fantasy   If you haven't already, read the letter.

Now, your tug weather--
WEST ENTRANCE U.S. WATERS STRAIT OF JUAN DE FUCA- 900 AM PDT THU MAR 15 2012
SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 5 PM PDT THIS AFTERNOON
TODAY
SW WIND 20 TO 30 KT. WIND WAVES 2 TO 5 FT. SW SWELL 10 FT AT 9 SECONDS...BUILDING TO 12 FT AT 9 SECONDS IN THE AFTERNOON.  SHOWERS.
TONIGHT
W SWELL 14 FT AT 11 SECONDS. S WIND 10 TO 20 KT. WIND WAVES 1 TO 3 FT. SHOWERS.

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