Tuesday, April 10, 2012

4/10 Padden Trails, CO2, pesticides, Wiley Slough, hot kelp

Climate scientist Cliff Mass says it’s still too early to put your tomato plants outside. Warmth  

Developers now propose to rezone their land near Lake Padden to allow 410 homes - rather than 492 homes - and they say 15 percent of them could be subsidized housing priced for low- and moderate-income families.  The new proposal from Padden Trails LLC was delivered to City Council members on Wednesday, April 4. The council will discuss it during a work session Monday, April 16. Padden Trails proposes new rezone for fewer homes

Ashley Ahearn of EarthFix talks to Steve Davis, a research associate at the Carnegie Institution for Science and a visiting scholar at UW’s Climate Impacts Group, to calculate how much CO2 emissions the mining, transporting and burning American coal would generate if all the terminals planned for Washington and Oregon were built. Counting Up Coal’s CO2  

A draft federal evaluation has found that three more common pesticides used on home lawns and agricultural crops jeopardize the survival of West Coast salmon. The evaluation from NOAA Fisheries Service is the latest resulting from lawsuits filed by conservation groups and salmon fishermen demanding the government enforce restrictions on pesticides near salmon streams. This one looked at the pre-emergent herbicides oryzalin, pendimenthalin and trifluralin.  Feds say 3 pesticides harmful to salmon  

It takes partnerships to achieve the goals of restoration, said Representative Rick Larsen, D-Wash., after he toured Wiley Slough Monday with a group of stakeholders and partners in the $4.3 million project to restore the estuary habitat of the threatened Chinook salmon. Partners on the project, which flooded 157 acres on the Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Skagit Wildlife Area on Fir Island to restore the salmon habitat, included the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the Estuary and Salmon Restoration Program, Natural Resource Conservation Service and Seattle City Light, among others.  Larsen tours, examines progress, of Wiley Slough project  

Material released in the nuclear reactor meltdown in Fukushima, Japan, after the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami was detected along the California coast, according to a recently published study. Radioactive particles from Japan found in California kelp l

Now, your tug weather--
WEST ENTRANCE U.S. WATERS STRAIT OF JUAN DE FUCA- 300 AM PDT TUE APR 10 2012
TODAY
W WIND TO 10 KT. WIND WAVES 1 FT. SW SWELL 3 FT AT 8 SECONDS.
TONIGHT
VARIABLE WIND 10 KT. WIND WAVES 1 FT. W SWELL 3 FT AT 15 SECONDS. CHANCE OF SHOWERS.

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