Tuesday, August 27, 2013

8/27 BC orcas, industrial stormwater, BC mineral permit, Snohomish grants, underwater sights, Columbia R. gillnets

Janusz Kowalski/YouTube
If you like to watch: Janusz Kowalski has seen orcas in Active Pass before, but not so many from so close — splashing and diving as they swam by the Galiano Island shore — and not while he was filming. Kowalski shot 3½ minutes of the up-close swim-by and posted the footage on YouTube on Sunday. Whale pod makes a splash in B.C. video close-up

As part of ongoing federal and state efforts to restore Puget Sound, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is announcing enforcement actions against four Seattle-area companies for discharging industrial stormwater in violation of the Clean Water Act....Ash Grove Cement, Merlino Construction, and Waste Management in list of settlement... EPA focusing on industrial stormwater compliance, targeting a serious threat to Puget Sound water quality

Natives in Tofino are outraged that the B.C. government has issued a mineral-exploration permit for an area of Clayoquot Sound in which they have declared a tribal park. The Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation is seeking a meeting with Energy and Mines Minister Bill Bennett to outline its opposition to Vancouver-based Selkirk Metals Corp., a subsidiary of Imperial Metals Corp., exploring for gold in the Tranquil Valley, about 20 kilometres northeast of Tofino. Larry Pynn reports. B.C. issues contentious mineral-exploration permit in Clayoquot Sound

Snohomish County should use $25 million in conservation grants to protect land near Meadowdale Beach Park, Japanese Gulch and the Port Susan estuary, an advisory board said Friday. The Conservation Futures Advisory Board's recommendations include $3.5 million to extend the Centennial Trail south from Snohomish to Woodinville. Other potential land purchases are sprinkled throughout the county. Noah Haglund reports. Mixed uses seen for $25M in conservation grants  

There are psychedelic colours, underwater chimneys, decaying bodies and strange, strange creatures under the ocean off the coast of Vancouver Island. Across the globe, scientists and students are watching as the watery world reveals some of its secrets. Judith Lavoie reports. What's at the bottom of the ocean off the coast of Vancouver Island?

A court in Washington state has dismissed a lawsuit filed by commercial gill netting groups. The lawsuit challenged a new policy proposed by Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber and adopted earlier this year by the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission. The policy would eventually ban the use of non-tribal gill nets for salmon fishing on the main channel of Columbia River. It would still allow them in certain side channels. Cassandra Profitta reports. Wash. Court Dismisses Gillnetters’ Lawsuit

Now, your tug weather--
WEST ENTRANCE U.S. WATERS STRAIT OF JUAN DE FUCA- 300 AM PDT TUE AUG 27 2013
TODAY
SE WIND 10 KT. WIND WAVES 1 FT OR LESS. SW SWELL 4 FT AT 7 SECONDS. A CHANCE OF SHOWERS.
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LIGHT WIND...BECOMING E 10 KT AFTER MIDNIGHT. WIND WAVES 1 FT OR LESS. SW SWELL 3 FT AT 7 SECONDS. A CHANCE OF SHOWERS.
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