Monday, May 28, 2012

5/28 Fish virus, Scotch broom, LaConner park, Thurston fees, FEMA, forage fish

Scotch broom
A third B.C. fish farm was put under quarantine on the weekend after a virus deadly to Atlantic farmed salmon was detected on a farm owned by Mainstream Canada. The company said fish tested positive for infectious hematopoietic necrosis, or IHN, at its Bawden Point farm near Herbert Inlet, north of Tofino.  Third B.C. fish farm quarantined after deadly virus detected  

A deadly virus that caused salmon farmers in British Columbia to kill 560,000 fish has shown up for the first time in a Washington state fish farm. The Orchard Rocks salmon farm on Puget Sound’s Bainbridge Island is killing off its stock after fish were diagnosed with the IHN virus.  Deadly Virus Makes First Appearance in Washington Salmon Farm

Craig Welch profiles Alexandra Morton who crusades against fish farms and most recently brought the salmon virus contagion to the fore. Meet salmon farming's worst enemy: a determined biologist  

A unique relationship meant to reduce conflict between environmental groups and British Columbia’s largest salmon farming company has fallen apart.  The Coastal Alliance for Aquaculture Reform and Marine Harvest Canada confirmed Saturday that the project, known as the Framework for Dialogue, is officially over.  Ties break down between B.C. salmon-farming firm, environmental coalition  

It's everywhere along the roadsides this time of year: long swaths of exploding yellow. The smell, however, is as bitter as the color is sweet. It's Scotch broom, a non-native, invasive weed that thrives along roadsides and gives a bad time to people who suffer from allergies. The Invasive weed is so pervasive, crews have given up trying to fight it. Bill Sheets reports.  Scotch broom sweeps back in with a vengeance  

The La Conner Park Commission is heading up the effort to build a waterfront park along 600 feet of shoreline beneath the Rainbow Bridge. The future park property was also leased from La Conner town government by Anacortes-based Triton-America in 2009 with hopes to develop the area. The lease expires in June and the La Conner Town Council voted Tuesday to terminate the contract.  Bringing the waterfront to the people  

Thurston County is seeking public comment next month about the possibility of collecting impact fees. Impact fees are charged against new development projects to help pay for costs needed for the growth of public services, including transportation, fire, schools and parks. The county is looking to collect impact fees for transportation, recreation facilities and parks.  County eyes impact fees

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) denied King County's request for a $31 million reimbursement for levee and other costs associated with the Howard Hanson Dam flood threat along the Green River.King County and the King County Flood Control District spent more than $24 million on work to shore up levees, relocate critical services, and fortify buildings after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced a dramatically elevated risk of catastrophic flooding, following a storm in January of 2009 that weakened the integrity of the Howard Hanson Dam in southeast King County. The cities of Auburn, Kent, Renton and Tukwila spent millions more.  FEMA denies $31 million reimbursement to King County for Green River levee work to combat flooding

Pew Trust’s Paul Shively opines that, while salmon may be iconic, we must not forget to protect the health and numbers of the cornerstone of our ocean's food web — namely, the less-well-known forage fish. Protect forage fish, cornerstone of our ocean's food web  

Now, your tug weather--
WEST ENTRANCE U.S. WATERS STRAIT OF JUAN DE FUCA- 300 AM PDT MON MAY 28 2012
TODAY
NW WIND 5 TO 15 KT. WIND WAVES 1 OR 2 FT. W SWELL 5 FT AT 12 SECONDS. A CHANCE OF SHOWERS.
TONIGHT
W WIND 10 TO 20 KT. WIND WAVES 1 TO 3 FT. W SWELL 5 FT AT 11 SECONDS. A CHANCE OF SHOWERS.

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