Friday, May 18, 2012

5/18 Forterra partners, tsunami debris, DFO layoffs, fish virus, Edmonds port, boat poop, pesticide ban, food justice, Bainbridge park, West Seattle CSO, BC pollution rules

People for Lake Padden will be at Junior Sea to Sea on Saturday. Take the pledge to keep Lake Padden healthy!

We think we have just as reasonable a case to make regarding Google Maps' failure to label "Salish Sea." See you in court?  Iran 'to sue Google' for not labelling Gulf on world map  

Forterra, a renamed conservancy non-profit, unveils a new program with enterprises as varied as Molly Moon's Ice Cream, the Seattle Sounders, and Pearl Jam. At the Thursday (May 17) breakfast, attended by nearly 2,000 people at the Washington State Convention Center, the answer was they are all part of a program to mitigate carbon emissions by planting trees throughout the region.  Forterra’s program, Carbon Capturing Companies, or C3, aims at recruiting businesses to commit to calculating, reducing and mitigating their carbon output.  Conservation and businesses: a basic carbon concept?  

It's been 14 months since a massive tsunami swept over parts of Japan, but federal officials still lack a comprehensive plan for detecting and disposing of the resulting debris that is expected to make landfall on the West Coast by sometime next year, a Senate panel was told Thursday.  Tsunami debris cleanup plan lacking

It’s the first round of notices to go to Fisheries employees since the federal budget, but Fisheries employees also faced a major wave last December when more than 400 letters went out warning of job losses as spending reductions from the department’s strategic review were rolled out.    Job loss notices go out to more than 1,000 workers at Fisheries and Oceans  

A B.C. fish farm where a virus deadly to Atlantic salmon was detected has been quarantined, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency said on Thursday, as officials scramble to contain the highly infectious disease. Earlier this week, Mainstream Canada announced that fish at its Dixon Bay farm north of Tofino tested positive for infectious hematopoietic necrosis, or IHN. It’s the first time in nine years that Atlantic salmon farmed in B.C. have tested positive for IHN.   CFIA quarantines B.C. fish farm as company prepares for cull  

The Port of Edmonds is the first boatyard in the State of Washington to test the effectiveness of oyster shells in filtering metals such as copper and zinc from storm water runoff. During the April 30, Port of Edmonds Commission Meeting, it was announced that the Port of Edmonds has received the Leadership Level of the Clean Boatyard Certification, which is the highest level of certification possible under the New Clean Boating Foundation’s voluntary certification program.  Port Of Edmonds recognized as leader in clean boating facilities  

So, you're sailing through the Gulf Islands and your sewage holding tank is full, but there's no pump-out station within range and new federal regulations say boaters can't discharge untreated sewage within three nautical miles of land.  What to do? Pick the mid-point, find a fast-flowing current, get up some speed and dump, according to regulations that came into effect this month. "The regulations do allow you to do a discharge close to land if there's no pump-out station available, but there's no definition of available. It's very vague," said Michelle Young, Georgia Strait Alliance clean marine program co-ordinator.  Navigating the new sewage rules  

A legislative committee has rejected an outright ban on cosmetic pesticides in B.C., saying the scientific evidence does not sufficiently support such a move. In a report released Thursday morning, the committee made 17 recommendations, including restricting the sale and use of commercial pesticides and enhancing enforcement of existing regulations. But it stopped short of an outright ban.  B.C. legislative committee rejects outright cosmetic pesticide ban  

As the urban food movement expands nationwide, the idea of “food justice” is growing with it. In King County, the Just Garden Project celebrates growing food with a commitment to building gardens for people in need. Since the project began, 70 “just” gardens have been built for food banks, families and senior centers. Martha Baskin reports. Building Food Justice with "Just Gardens" and a Large Helping of Community  

After months of preparation, the Citizens Park Task Force brought the city a plan for their desired park at the gateway to Bainbridge Island. Though council members liked what they saw, they opted to wait one week to consider a letter received Wednesday from Kitsap Transit, co-owners of the property, before giving the park group a thumbs-up. Citizens Park Task Force presents gateway park plan to city council  

King County’s plan to install a one million gallon underground storage tank on private property to the east of Lowman Beach Park has been in discussion since 2009, with citizens and the county alternately butting heads and working together on the project intended to reduce combined sewer overflows from the Murray pump station into the Puget Sound.  Residents split on recreational access and safety concerns as Murray CSO storage project moves on  

Facing questions about its upcoming withdrawal from the Kyoto Protocol and "gaps" in its existing policies, Canada told international climate change talks in Germany Thursday that it planned to crack down on oil and gas pollution through draft regulations by next year.  Canada pledges oil and gas pollution rules by 2013 at climate conference

Now, your weekend tug weather--
WEST ENTRANCE U.S. WATERS STRAIT OF JUAN DE FUCA- 300 AM PDT FRI MAY 18 2012
TODAY
W WIND 5 TO 15 KT. WIND WAVES 1 TO 2 FT. NW SWELL 7 FT AT 8 SECONDS.
TONIGHT
W WIND 10 TO 20 KT...BECOMING 10 TO 15 KT AFTER MIDNIGHT. WIND WAVES 1 TO 3 FT. NW SWELL 4 FT AT 7 SECONDS.
SAT
LIGHT WIND...BECOMING W 10 TO 15 KT IN THE AFTERNOON. WIND WAVES 1 TO 2 FT. W SWELL 2 FT AT 15 SECONDS.
SAT NIGHT
NW WIND 10 TO 15 KT IN THE EVENING...BECOMING LIGHT. WIND WAVES 1 TO 2 FT. SW SWELL 2 FT.
SUN
LIGHT WIND. WIND WAVES 1 FT. SW SWELL 2 FT.

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1 comment:

  1. Good Morning Mike .. interesting collection of info today!

    I attended the meeting of the Puget Sound Partnership Ecosystem Coordination Board in Edmonds yesterday (as, apparently, the only member of the public!)and a few members were a bit late with the obviously chic excuse of having "attended the Forterra Breakfast"!

    A bunch of us were actally planting some trees recently and we calculated, rightly or wrongly, that if we planted 270 little trees and they grew for 50 years then that would offset the liftime carbon footprint of one average American of today! Maybe some other readers can refine that estimate.

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