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Lake Padden update: Last night, the Whatcom County Council voted unanimously to reject an ordinance reinstating the Yew Street Reserve Urban Growth Area, giving time for lake water quality and watershed land use studies that can guide future development. Read about it here.
Mark Memmott reports on something that only comes around once every four years and doesn't involve either politics or Olympic competition: Wednesday is Feb. 29. Leap Day - any plans?
Opponents of two proposed coal terminals in Washington state will deliver today 40,000 petition signatures from citizens to Public Lands Commissioner Peter Goldmark. Goldmark's state agency regulates the use of state-owned aquatic lands. Opponents of coal terminals in Bellingham, Longview to deliver petition Wednesday Also, read attorney Stoney Bird’s guest editorial: Community Bill of Rights seeks to shift balance of power
The Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe has signed a legally-binding agreement with the Wild Fish Conservancy, The Conservation Angler, the Federation of Fly Fishers Steelhead Committee and the Wild Steelhead Coalition to hold off planting any non-native steelhead hatchery fish in the Elwha River and its tributaries in 2012. Plan to stock Elwha River with non-native hatchery fish put off
What's the upcoming sports salmon fishing season going to be like? Mark Yuasa at the Seattle Times reports on the latest state Fish and Wildlife return forecast. Salmon season forecasts should offer some fairly good fishing this summer and fall
King County officials have sent notices of violation to 133 waterfront homeowners noting they’ve failed to meet a county deadline to get their septic systems inspected. The letters are the latest step in the county’s three-year effort to get 262 homeowners in Vashon’s six marine recovery areas to comply with new state rules around septic systems in areas deemed critical to Puget Sound’s health. County sends notices of violation to 133 waterfront homeowners
Eleven days after a massive fire disrupted fuel production at the BP Cherry Point refinery, a company spokesman says the exact cause of the blaze is still not known and there is no estimate of how soon repairs could get things back to normal. Gasoline prices in western Washington shot up in the days following the Feb. 17 fire. As of Tuesday, Feb. 28, the average price for regular in Bellingham was close to $4.04, according to the AAA Daily Fuel Gauge report. A week ago, the average was $3.78. No estimate yet on when BP Cherry Point refinery will return to full production after fire
To save the imperiled spotted owl, the U.S. government set aside millions of acres of forest to protect the owl, but the bird’s population continues to decline a 40 percent slide in 25 years. Now, the Obama administration wants to shoot rival barred owls to help spotted owls recover. Obama plan for spotted owl targets rival bird
A study published in Science reports that-- from gannets to seagulls, puffins to penguins-- all seabirds suffer the same drop in birth rates when the supply of fish drops to less than a third of maximum capacity. These birds mainly feed on sardines, anchovies, herring and prawns, all of which are victims of over fishing. Below the critical level of one third of the fish biomass, the birds -- and the stability of the entire ecosystem -- come under threat. Overfishing Threatens the Survival of Seabirds
Now, your tug weather--
WEST ENTRANCE U.S. WATERS STRAIT OF JUAN DE FUCA- 300 AM PST WED FEB 29 2012
SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY IN EFFECT THROUGH THIS EVENING
S WIND 15 TO 25 KT. WIND WAVES 2 TO 4 FT. W SWELL 9 FT AT 15 SECONDS...BUILDING TO 12 FT AT 15 SECONDS IN THE AFTERNOON. SHOWERS.
SW WIND 15 TO 25 KT...BECOMING W 10 TO 20 KT AFTER MIDNIGHT. WIND WAVES 2 TO 5 FT...SUBSIDING TO 1 TO 3 FT. W SWELL 13 FT AT 13 SECONDS. SHOWERS.
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