Friday, May 17, 2013

5/17 First Salmon, BC pipes, Noctiluca, stormwater permits, sewage PR, Johnny Depp fossil

Japanese nettle jellyfish (Ward Perrin, PNG)
New blog: “British Columbia has survived its 40th provincial election. If you are going to run for public office in Washington state, you will have to register as a candidate by the end of today. Have you every considered being a candidate? Some people run for public office. Why?...” Deciding To Run For Public Office?

If you like to watch: More than 15 varieties of jellyfish are on display at the Vancouver attraction. Weird and wonderful jellyfish at Vancouver Aquarium

If you like to watch: Our west-facing view from The Herald is spectacular. Along with Navy ships, Boeing jets and Olympic peaks, there's a new attraction. A mother crow is sitting on hatchlings in a nest just outside a newsroom window. We're watching an up-close show of nature and survival. Julie Muhlstein reports. Bird's-eye view of nest gives peek at world of crows

The bounty of the Salish Sea was evident as hundreds of people heaped their plates high with seafood. Fresh-caught chinook salmon; succulent, thick crab legs; steamed clams and mussels; bright prawns thicker than a man’s thumb; and, of course, fry bread adorned most plates in the packed gymnasium during the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community’s annual Blessing of the Fleet and First Salmon ceremony Thursday in La Conner. The hall held more than 500 people, including tribal members, neighbors and area elected officials. Kate Martin reports. Feeding the spirit; protecting the people  

The collapse of the NDP at the polls this week denied power to a party that would have blocked oil pipelines in British Columbia. But opponents of two proposed pipelines, one that would cross central B.C. to Kitimat and another that would expand an existing route to Vancouver, say a Liberal win does not mean the projects are any more likely to proceed. Mark Hume reports. Pipeline foes hope to sway B.C. Liberals

Springtime means red algae blooms in Puget Sound.  Noctiluca is a harmless single-celled micro-organism that bioluminesces and occurs normally at this time of year. This kind of plankton does not photosynthesize, but gets its red color from the phytoplankton it eats. This type of bloom shows up as large, red-brown, even orange tomato-soup-like streaks along current and tidal convergence lines, according to the state Department of Ecology. Noctiluca is a harmless bloom, rather than the so-called red tide that refers to paralytic shell fish poisoning. Lynda Mapes reports. Sunshine plus Puget Sound equals red algae See also: Orange waters reveal an early, harmless plankton bloom

We recently updated you on the new stormwater permits that will soon dictate how Washington State’s most populated areas manage polluted runoff that damages water quality and can flood low-lying property. Here we’ll tackle the new Phase II Municipal Stormwater Permit, which covers the next most populated areas and affects nearly 100 cities around the state.... The rules governing how cities and other jurisdictions manage this dirty runoff are contained in municipal permits, which were recently updated in Washington State and are about to kick in throughout much of the state. Ashley Pedersen and Jennifer Langston report.  The Skinny on WA’s New Stormwater Permits (#2)

The Victoria communications firm that helped rebrand VicPD and save the Victoria International Marina project is being tapped to make over the region’s controversial sewage-treatment project. Acumen Communications Group is being recommended for up to $50,000 in communications work for the Capital Regional District’s sewage-treatment project. Rob Shaw reports. Victoria police and marina PR firm tapped to take on sewage

Edward Scissorhands actor Johnny Depp has been immortalized in the name of a newly discovered fossil species from ancient Canada — a 505-million-year-old marine creature with “scissor-like claws” found by a British researcher in British Columbia’s Kootenay National Park. 505-million-year-old fossil found in B.C. park named after Johnny Depp

Now, your weekend tug weather--
WEST ENTRANCE U.S. WATERS STRAIT OF JUAN DE FUCA- 246 AM PDT FRI MAY 17 2013
TODAY
S WIND 10 TO 20 KT...BECOMING W 10 KT IN THE AFTERNOON. WIND WAVES 1 TO 3 FT...SUBSIDING TO 1 FT. W SWELL 4 FT AT 10
 SECONDS. A CHANCE OF SHOWERS.
TONIGHT
W WIND 5 TO 15 KT. WIND WAVES 2 FT OR LESS. W SWELL 4 FT AT 10 SECONDS. SCATTERED SHOWERS.
SAT
SE WIND 10 KT...BECOMING W IN THE AFTERNOON. WIND WAVES 1 FT OR LESS. W SWELL 3 FT AT 11 SECONDS. SHOWERS.
SAT NIGHT
W WIND 15 TO 20 KT...EASING TO 10 TO 15 KT AFTER MIDNIGHT. WIND WAVES 1 TO 3 FT. W SWELL 5 FT AT 9 SECONDS.
SUN
W WIND TO 10 KT. WIND WAVES 1 FT OR LESS. W SWELL 5 FT AT 9 SECONDS.
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