Laurie MacBride in Eye on Environment writes: "Today in Canada, two things that I cherish are truly on the line: nature and democracy." Breaking the Silence Salish Sea Communications joins her and all Canadians to speak out for nature and democracy today.
Speaking up: Last Friday, 156 local businesses sent a letter to President Obama supporting protecting San Juan Islands Bureau of Land Management land. Business letter to President Obama
Sometimes it helps to have a weather man to know which way the wind blows. Climate scientist Cliff Mass weighs in: "Folks, coal trains and coal export to Asia are dumb ideas. REALLY dumb ideas." Coal Trains: Bad for the Northwest Environment
Now that a derelict fishing boat has been lifted from the bottom of Penn Cove, area residents could resume shellfish farming and harvesting as early as Tuesday, state officials say. Although some people remain bitter about what they called slow efforts to seize the Deep Sea before it sank last month, most were simply glad to see it float again Sunday — a sign it will soon be scrapped. Penn Cove shellfish harvest may resume soon
A hearing on proposed revisions to the Kitsap Shoreline Master Program is scheduled before the Kitsap County Planning Commission at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the County Commissioners Chambers, 619 Division St. in Port Orchard. Among the proposed changes are new maps with revised shoreline designations (zoning), along with new policies and development standards. A flexible mitigation program has been proposed in place of the existing fixed buffers. Hearing set on county shoreline plan See also: Hearing on county's comprehensive plan will be Monday
The quarantine on a salmon farm near Sechelt has been lifted and the majority of B.C. fish farms tested so far have proved negative for the infectious haematopoietic necrosis (IHN) virus, says B.C. Salmon Farmers Association. Quarantine on salmon farm lifted after tests for virus
A mitigation program that could bring millions of federal dollars to restoration projects in Hood Canal was approved Friday by the Hood Canal Coordinating Council. If approved by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Washington Department of Ecology, the new program would first be used to compensate for environmental damage from the Navy's $715-million explosives handling wharf to be built at Bangor. Hood Canal council OKs program to handle federal restoration money
Fifty years ago when the Seattle Center was built for the world’s fair, the future promised a space age car culture. Today the roof of an on-site parking lot hopes to be a demo pilot for a new future, how to grow food and green space under the Seattle skyline. Martha Baskin reports. Sustainability Starts at the Top and Keeps Growing with People Power: The ‘UpGarden!’ at Mercer
The South Sound may benefit in two ways with the passage of Harbor Days and Tug Boat Festival from the South Sound Maritime Heritage Association to the Olympia Kiwanis Club. The proceeds from the popular Harbor Days festival will now be used to expand the Kiwanians’ community service work, while the heritage association can return its focus toward creating a museum dedicated to the preservation and public awareness of the southern Puget Sound’s maritime history. Harbor Days agreement creates 2 benefits for community
The Middle Fork of the Snoqualmie is a beloved hiking destination, for its proximity to Seattle and its beauty, pretty as anything that takes hours in a car to reach. It boasts soaring views of Russian Butte and the green slide of the Pratt and Snoqualmie rivers twining through miles of forest. And now this treat is about to get even better. More than 10 years in the planning, the Middle Fork is about to get a major makeover, including a nearly $25 million paving project to smooth the access road. Today the Southeast Middle Fork Road is a horror show of potholes and blowing dust in the summer, and a mud wallow in the winter. The nearly 10-mile paving project is expected to begin in the summer of 2013 and will make getting to miles of trails easier than ever, perhaps as soon as the fall of 2015. Snoqualmie's Middle Fork, loved by Seattle hikers, to be improved
Proposing revisions to a portion of the annual set sport fishing regulations under which we all fish has been made more convenient by the state fish and wildlife department. With the new online option, citizens have until June 15 to submit ideas for rewrites and additions to or deletions from the personal use (sport) regulations, which if they make the grade, would become the law of the Washington landscape, May 1, 2013. The WDFW website for proposing and submitting fishing regulations is here. You're invited to rewrite a sports fishing rule
And, if you really care: Kitten Adoption Center Should Be Shelved in Proposed Eastlake Development Project
Now, your tug weather--
WEST ENTRANCE U.S. WATERS STRAIT OF JUAN DE FUCA- 300 AM PDT MON JUN 4 2012
SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM THIS EVENING THROUGH TUESDAY AFTERNOON
NE WIND 10 KT. WIND WAVES 1 FT. W SWELL 4 FT AT 9 SECONDS. A CHANCE OF RAIN.
W WIND 10 TO 20 KT...RISING TO 15 TO 25 KT. WIND WAVES 1 TO 3 FT...BUILDING TO 2 TO 4 FT. W SWELL 3 FT AT 9 SECONDS. A CHANCE OF SHOWERS.
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