Friday, May 11, 2012

5/11 Oil money, Port Susan, Birch Bay, North Creek sewer, bag ban, bear deaths

Happy Mother's Day
Hi, Mom!

Meteorologists say this weekend is going to be warm. We may even break 80 degrees on Sunday, Mother's Day. It's going to be a warm weekend, forecasters say  Also see: Cliff Mass on Summer in May  

If you like to watch: A virtual fly-through along the lower Elwha River  

The petroleum giant BP, which brought America the 2010 Gulf oil spill, is now speaking with its checkbook in a bid to bring Washington voters another Tim Eyman initiative in November. BP and ConocoPhillips have each contributed $100,000 to the campaign for Initiative 1185, which would (again) put in place the requirement of a two-thirds vote in both houses of the Washington Legislature to enact new revenue measures or close corporate loopholes. Joel Connely reports.  Big Oil bankrolls latest Eyman initiative

More fish, birds, native plants and animals are expected to thrive in Port Susan following the removal of a dike along the bay to restore part of the Stillaguamish River estuary. The Nature Conservancy, an environmental group that owns more than 4,000 acres of tidelands in Port Susan, has begun work on a project to remove an earthen dike that seals off the bay from 150 acres of former estuary. The second part of the project involves rebuilding another dike to the east to serve as the new boundary between the bay and adjoining farmland.  Work begins to remove dike, restore estuary  

Whatcom County qualifies for a $7 million state loan for a major Birch Bay waterfront project because the state Department of Ecology determined the project would restore a substantially damaged environment. The low-interest loan from the state Public Works Trust Fund would provide the bulk of funding necessary for the estimated $10 million project.  Ecology clears way for county to get $7M loan for Birch Bay work  

The Everett City Council passed an emergency resolution Wednesday night so crews could get to work faster replacing a faulty sewer pipe that collects the waste of 15,000 people. That pipe ruptured April 12 in the 11800 block of Silver Way, sending 1 million gallons of raw sewage through one Everett man's yard and into nearby North Creek. Afterward, a forensic analysis showed that other parts of the pipe are susceptible to breaks.  Everett council fast-tracks sewer pipe fix  

A proposed ban on plastic bags will be submitted to the Port Townsend City Council for discussion and possible approval in June. The potential ban — based on one approved by the city of Bainbridge Island in April — was discussed at a meeting of the city's Special Projects Committee on Wednesday. The bags that would be subject to the ban are plastic bags with handles that are given out by retailers at the cash register. Plastic-bag ban proposal to go to Port Townsend council

A provincial conservation officer is voicing frustration with North Vancouverites after two bears had to be killed here in the space of a week because residents had failed to heed warnings about garbage. Dave Cox, a member of the B.C. Conservation Officer Service, said Wednesday that while his agency was responsible for putting the animals down, it was really the local homeowners who hadn’t locked up bear attractants who were to blame for the deaths. Conservation officer fingers North Vancouver homeowners for bear killings

Now, your weekend tug weather--
WEST ENTRANCE U.S. WATERS STRAIT OF JUAN DE FUCA- 850 PM PDT THU MAY 10 2012
FRI
NE WIND 10 KT. WIND WAVES 1 FT OR LESS. W SWELL 6 FT AT 9 SECONDS.
FRI NIGHT
NW WIND 10 KT...BECOMING LIGHT AFTER MIDNIGHT. WIND WAVES 1 FT OR LESS. W SWELL 5 FT AT 9 SECONDS.
SAT
SE WIND 10 KT...BECOMING N IN THE AFTERNOON. WIND WAVES 1 FT OR LESS. W SWELL 5 FT.
SAT NIGHT NW WIND 10 KT. WIND WAVES 1 FT OR LESS. W SWELL 5 FT.
SUN
LIGHT WIND...BECOMING N 10 KT IN THE AFTERNOON. WIND WAVES 1 FT OR LESS. W SWELL 5 FT.

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