Thursday, August 15, 2013

8/15 Victoria sewage, vibriosis, Dash Pt beach closure, BC coal

Bioluminescence
Long summer evenings make for great post-dinner strolls in broad daylight, but they’re hell if you want to watch Puget Sound and the Salish Sea glow and glitter. For that, you need pitch darkness. You need to wait hours after sunset. Tan Vinh reports. Take nighttime paddle to see glowing waters of Salish Sea  

Regional politicians have rejected an independent review of Greater Victoria’s sewage treatment megaproject, with a majority expressing confidence they are proceeding with the right plan. The Capital Regional District board resoundingly quashed a motion by Saanich Coun. Vic Derman to independently review the project, issue a new call for innovative ideas and seek a delay from the provincial and federal governments. Ten directors rejected Derman’s proposal, while four — Esquimalt Mayor Barb Desjardins, View Royal Mayor Graham Hill, Colwood Mayor Carol Hamilton and Derman himself — voted for the review. Using the CRD’s weighted vote system, which assigns points by population, the proposal failed 41 to 14. Rob Shaw reports. CRD politicians reject call to delay Greater Victoria’s sewage treatment project

State and county health officials are advising seafood lovers to cook their oysters this summer. More than 40 people in the state have been sickened this year with vibriosis, including one from Thurston County who ate an oyster thought to have been harvested from the Brinnon area. Several parts of the Hood Canal are closed to commercial oyster harvesting, affecting 19 Jefferson County businesses, because of the vibriosis bacteria.  Rob Ollikainen reports. Closing oyster beds affects some 19 Jefferson County businesses

Health officials told beach-goers Wednesday to hold off visiting the waterfront at Dash Point Park until they investigate high bacteria counts measured that can indicate a sewage spill. The Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department closed the beach due to Entrococcus bacteria counts, which it said can increase the risk of gastrointestinal sickness, and were 10 times the level at which officials would usually close marine beaches. Alexis Krell reports. Dash Point Park beach closes due to bacteria

Anglo American PLC is expanding its northeastern B.C. mine, betting that the quality of the coal and the ease of transport to Asia will help the company win more contracts from steel makers in Japan, China and others in the region. London-based Anglo American, one of the world’s largest mining companies, will make the expansion announcement Thursday at its operations near Tumbler Ridge, B.C., about 700 kilometres northeast of Vancouver. Brent Jang reports. Anglo American expands B.C. coal mine with eye on Asia  

Now, your tug weather--
WEST ENTRANCE U.S. WATERS STRAIT OF JUAN DE FUCA- 230 AM PDT THU AUG 15 2013
TODAY
LIGHT WIND...BECOMING W TO 10 KT IN THE AFTERNOON. WIND WAVES 1 FT OR LESS. SW SWELL 3 FT AT 8 SECONDS. AREAS OF FOG THIS MORNING. A CHANCE OF RAIN.
TONIGHT
W WIND 5 TO 15 KT. WIND WAVES 2 FT OR LESS. W SWELL 3 FT AT 8 SECONDS. A CHANCE OF SHOWERS.

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