Monday, April 2, 2012

4/2 Springtime, pipeline hearings, toxins, creosote, trawling, toxic soup, BC forests, Tom Reese, Vancouver air, sea turbines, robots, Hoquiam coal, Puyallup chinook, ocean harm, Rio conference

Awaiting the Picnic (Laurie MacBride)
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If you like to watch (and missed this yesterday) Seattle Superstorm

Laurie MacBride in Eye on the Environment shares her late-winter joy when her little forest starts to come alive as the earliest-flowering deciduous species begin its annual show. Impressions of an Overlooked Beauty

"Is spring really here now?" Find out by reading Dave Green's blog Spring Renewal

New blog: March came in like a wild boar and went out like a damp puppy. We had rain Saturday night, snow on Sunday morning, then sunshine later in the day. Watching the grass grow

Must read: Geologist Dana Hunter on the joys of reading rocks.  Words With Rocks

Public hearings for Enbridge's proposed Northern Gateway pipeline have been cancelled this morning in the coastal community of Bella Bella. The post on the Joint Review Panel's website does not give a reason why the panel pulled out of today's hearing, or whether the three other days of public consultation that were planned for this week have also been cancelled.  Northern Gateway pipeline hearing this morning cancelled in Bella Bella  Earlier:  First nations school protests Northern Gateway pipeline  

Canada’s federal government said Friday it will press companies to remove voluntarily a bacteria killer from some personal-care products after identifying triclosan as toxic to the environment.  And pending the results of "voluntary action," to include looking for a substitute ingredient, the government's newly published draft risk assessment says "risk management measures" may be proposed. Feds seek voluntary removal of toxin from personal-care products

The Washington Department of Natural Resources and its partners will begin today removing an estimated 20 tons of creosote-treated wood debris at Indian Island County Park in eastern Jefferson County.  Toxic creosote debris work removal will close Puget Sound beach and lagoon  

B.C. environmentalists and the groundfish bottom trawl industry on Wednesday announced a landmark agreement on ways to limit the impact of trawl nets on sensitive corals, sponges, and deepsea habitats on the B.C. coast. The agreement sets out total annual bycatch objectives for the entire fleet at 562 kilograms for corals and 322 kilograms for sponges, the lowest levels reported in the past 15 years. Environmentalists, trawl industry agree on conservation measures for B.C. corals and sponges  

Bill Frank, Jr. at Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission says what's killing our fish is a poison soup of brake pad dust, oil, gasoline and other pollutants that are washed by rain or melting snow from yards, sidewalks, parking lots and roads, right into our streams and Puget Sound. Stop the slow down to save Puget Sound  

The fire that destroyed the lumber mill in Burns Lake this winter destroyed 250 jobs.  Imagine a blow that severe landing on central and northern British Columbia communities in three or four years when the harvestable forest resource is exhausted.  Politicians are now talking about keeping mills running by raiding forested areas like scenic corridors, set aside for tourism value; wildlife range that provides winter habitat and migration routes, and rare groves of old growth. Politics trumps reason as B.C. eyes bid to raid protected forests  

Former Seattle Times photographer Tom Reese photos of Seattle’s Duwamish River is on display at the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture.  Do check them out. Choose Hope: a new photo exhibit on the Duwamish at the Burke  

The Metro Vancouver’s Caring for the Air 2012 report says that improvements over the past decade have helped to reduce most air contaminants across the Lower Fraser Valley — defined as stretching from West Vancouver to Hope — despite significant population growth but urban sprawl and population growth will undo those air quality gains by 2025. Air quality measures in B.C.’s Lower Mainland can’t keep up with urban sprawl

Snohomish Public Utility District is exploring whether undersea turbines near Fort Casey could someday generate electricity for Puget Sound homes and businesses by placing two test units in Admiralty Inlet within several years.   Turbines explored for Admiralty Inlet placement  

Fifth and 6th graders at Silver Ridge in Central Kitsap School District are the first of elementary students to participate in a robotics program as an extension to the regular science curriculum. The program is in partnership with Puget Sound Naval Shipyard. Last Thursday, students tested their ROVs in the school district pool as a culmination of the project. Creating the engineers of tomorrow — Underwater robotics introduced to Central Kitsap elementary students   

Ashley Ahearn of EarthFix makes a first stop on her coal-train travels to Hoquiam, WA, one of the proposed sites for an export terminal along Washington’s coast. On The Ground In Grays Harbor: What’s The Word On That New Export Terminal?  

Developers will get more time to bring their projects to construction under a bill sponsored by Rep. Jan Angel, R-Port Orchard, and signed into law Thursday by Gov. Chris Gregoire. Under the new law, developers will have seven years to complete any plat approved before Dec. 31, 2014. For plats approved after that, the developer will have five years. Developers given more time for plats  

For more than 18 years the Puyallup Tribe of Indians has been working with the state Department of Fish and Wildlife to release juvenile spring chinook produced at the Minter Creek hatchery in the White River.  But because of budget cuts, the state couldn’t afford a special fin-clipping process for the young salmon, so that tribe is pitching in. Puyallup Tribe funds help chinook program continue  

Whatcom County will buy properties in flood-prone Marietta and will conduct a study to find the best ways to minimize flood damage in the lowest two miles of the Nooksack River. The two-year, $535,000 project is also intended to improve salmon habitat downstream of Ferndale.  Marietta project combines salmon, flood protection  

A Canadian researcher is at the centre of a provocative new international study that puts an eye-popping price tag on the damage being done to the world's oceans and fisheries - a cost that could reach $2 trillion a year by 2100 - from carbon emissions, over-fertilization, over-fishing and other human impacts. University of British Columbia fisheries economist Rashid Sumaila, a leading critic of international fishing policies, is co-editor of the 300-page Valuing The Ocean report released last week at the high-profile Planet Under Pressure environmental conference in Britain.  Human harm to oceans comes with staggering price tag

Leading scientists in London on Thursday called on the upcoming Rio Summit to grapple with environmental ills that they said pointed to "a humanitarian emergency on a global scale." In a "State of the Planet" declaration issued after a four-day conference, the scientists said Earth was now facing unprecedented challenges, from water stress, pollution and species loss to spiraling demands for food. Rio Summit: Scientists warn of 'emergency on global scale'

Now, your tug weather--
WEST ENTRANCE U.S. WATERS STRAIT OF JUAN DE FUCA- 300 AM PDT MON APR 2 2012
GALE WARNING IN EFFECT THROUGH LATE TONIGHT
TODAY
SE WIND 25 TO 35 KT...RISING TO 30 TO 40 KT IN THE AFTERNOON. COMBINED SEAS 9 TO 12 FT WITH A DOMINANT PERIOD OF
 12 SECONDS. A CHANCE OF RAIN...MAINLY IN THE MORNING.
TONIGHT
S WIND 25 TO 35 KT...BECOMING SE 15 TO 25 KT AFTER MIDNIGHT. COMBINED SEAS 11 TO 13 FT WITH A DOMINANT PERIOD OF
 10 SECONDS...BUILDING TO 14 TO 16 FT WITH A DOMINANT PERIOD OF 11 SECONDS AFTER MIDNIGHT. RAIN.

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