Friday, March 30, 2012

3/30 Ocean acid, Happy Pasture, BC reviews, reg reform, Fort Worden, Padden News, Vashon NYT, java blend, Lummi barges, ribbon seal, PT biomass, maritime heritage, Sound Publishing

Happy Pasture Photo Winner (Wayne Chaudiere)
A state panel of 25 scientists, shellfish growers and political leaders will hold its first meeting in Seattle today to address the problem of ocean acidification. The panel -- headed by Bill Ruckelshaus and Jay Manning-- will examine the latest studies and make recommendations to the governor by Oct. 1.  Expert panel to address ocean acidification  

North Sound Baykeeper announces the winner of the Happy Pasture Photo Contest: Photo Contest Winners – Stan and Betty Honrud and Whatcom Conservation District

The B.C. government won a long-standing fight with Ottawa over environmental reviews in the federal budget tabled Thursday, paving the way for faster decisions on major projects including the controversial Enbridge Gateway pipeline proposal. Federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty announced a “one-project, one-review” approach that will limit the decision-making process on major economic projects to 24 months. B.C. Liberals hail budget’s streamlined environmental review process  

Washington industries located along the Puget Sound and other important waters dodged an expensive regulatory bullet on Thursday when Gov. Chris Gregoire signed into law a new approach to protecting sensitive waters against bacteria in industrial storm-water runoff. The law, sponsored by state Rep. Larry Springer (D-Kirkland), replaces unworkable numeric limits on bacteria levels in industrial storm-water runoff with a new narrative standard that focuses on ensuring best management practices to protect sensitive waters.  Rep. Springer’s regulatory reform signed into law to protect Washington industries  

The State Parks and Recreation Commission on Thursday said that Fort Worden will remain a state park, and that it supports the idea of a public development authority managing a lifelong learning center there. A resolution approved unanimously by the seven-member commission also said that, before the commission takes final action on the governance of the learning center, there will be “ample opportunity for the public, stakeholders and the Legislature to learn about and express their views to the commission.” Fort Worden to remain a state park

Our Man on the Peninsula has some harsh realities to share regarding the process of establishing a private/public partnership at Fort Worden Park: The Environment and Fort Worden…inaction reigns in election years

More to share: Dave Green's latest Lake Padden News blog: Housing Market at Lake Padden

Unbeknownst to the rest of us, the Washington State Department of Transportation has invented a time machine. Sure, it looks like a ferry, running the route between Seattle and Vashon Island dozens of times a day. But how else to explain what you find when you arrive on Vashon? A Trip Across Water, and Time, From Seattle

Listen up: If a new blend of coffee takes off, local java lovers will be able to play a key role in protecting Puget Sound from its biggest environmental threat. Martha Baskin reports. New Hot Java Blend, “12,000 Rain Gardens” Hopes to Protect Puget Sound

The bulk of two sunken barges was removed by divers and construction workers this week off the shore of Lummi Island, but the removal work has caused small, periodic oil spills and occasionally left a fresh sheen on the water's surface. About three-quarters of the smaller, 120-foot barge remains submerged in two pieces. They will remain there at least until June 15 because of a scheduled fish closure to protect migrating juvenile salmon. Sunken barges being removed from off Lummi Island

An Arctic ribbon seal that was spotted Thursday in Aberdeen is apparently the same one seen early this year in Seattle and Everett. Arctic ribbon seal visits Aberdeen  

A Thurston County Superior Court judge has upheld a permit for the Port Townsend Paper Corp.’s $55 million biomass energy project. Five environmental organizations — Port Townsend AirWatchers, No Biomass Burn, the Olympic Environmental Council, the Western Temperate Rainforest Network and the Olympic Forest Coalition — appealed the permit to the court after losing an appeal to the state Pollution Control Hearings Board last May. Judge upholds Port Townsend biomass permit  

The Northwest is rich with maritime heritage sites, but trying to find information about them in one place can be a challenge. The Northwest Maritime Heritage site serves as a maritime history web search tool that allows users to find out where historic vessels are homeported, where the region’s maritime museums are and where its lighthouses are located. Three Sheets launches new maritime heritage site

Gloria Fletcher has been named president of Sound Publishing, according to Black Press of Victoria, B.C., Sound Publishing’s parent company, and company owner David Black. Based in Poulsbo and Bellevue, Sound Publishing, Inc., owns and operates 38 community newspapers and 14 Little Nickel publications in the greater Puget Sound area. In fall of 2011, Sound Publishing added the Peninsula Daily News (Port Angeles), Sequim Gazette and Forks Forum to their community newspaper holdings. Collectively, Sound Publishing has circulation of 773,126. Fletcher takes on role of Sound Publishing president  

Now, your weekend tug weather--
WEST ENTRANCE U.S. WATERS STRAIT OF JUAN DE FUCA- 900 AM PDT FRI MAR 30 2012
SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY FOR HAZARDOUS SEAS IN EFFECT THROUGH LATE TONIGHT
TODAY
W SWELL 12 FT 14 SECONDS. SW WIND 10 TO 20 KT. WIND WAVES 1 TO 3 FT. SHOWERS LIKELY.
TONIGHT
W SWELL 10 FT AT 13 SECONDS. W WIND 5 TO 15 KT...BECOMING NE AFTER MIDNIGHT. WIND WAVES 2 FT OR LESS. A CHANCE OF SHOWERS.
SAT
W SWELL 10 FT AT 12 SECONDS. E WIND 10 TO 20 KT. WIND WAVES 1 TO 3 FT. RAIN LIKELY IN THE MORNING...THEN RAIN IN THE AFTERNOON.
SAT NIGHT
NW WIND 5 TO 10 KT...BECOMING W 5 TO 15 KT AFTER MIDNIGHT. WIND WAVES 2 FT OR LESS. W SWELL 8 FT.
SUN
W WIND 15 TO 25 KT...BECOMING S 10 TO 20 KT IN THE AFTERNOON. WIND WAVES 2 TO 4 FT...SUBSIDING TO 1 TO 3 FT IN THE
 AFTERNOON. W SWELL 8 FT.

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