Friday, August 9, 2013

8/9 BC sewage, Seahurst restoration, Stopps Award, Grayland dead whale, Lemon Cr. spill suit

(PHOTO: NOAA/Okeanos)
If you like to watch: Vicious fights! Stunning beauties! Surprises around every corner! Yes, it’s reality TV but with a lot more depth, up to 10,000 feet of depth. It’s live coverage of deep-sea exploration off Nantucket, Mass., and tens of thousands of people are tuning in. They’re watching an eel suddenly attack a squid, oohing-and-aahing over hot-pink starfish and listening as excited researchers discover a canyon so downright alien that sea life lives on methane escaping from the seafloor instead of sunlight. They’re watching science as it happens, however weird and wild. Watch "Deep-Sea TV"  Seth Borenstein reports. A reality show with depth: Live ocean exploration  

Metro Vancouver says it is working to stop raw sewage from flowing into Burrard Inlet or Georgia Strait following heavy rains, but admits it could be decades before this happens. The pronouncement comes as the regional district faces charges under the Fisheries Act for allegedly dumping raw sewage from a combined overflow pipe at Brockton Point into Burrard Inlet two years ago.  It may take decades to stop sewage from leaking into Burrard Inlet

In addition to his high salary, the new director of Greater Victoria’s sewage treatment project will also get an extra year’s pay if he finishes his job. The perk is outlined in a $290,000-a-year contract signed between Albert Sweetnam, an engineer and former Ontario Power Generation executive, and the Capital Regional District’s civilian sewage commission. The bonus pay comes at the end of Sweetnam’s five-year contract. If he stays on the job, and completes the sewage project by 2018, he’ll get the extra $290,000. Rob Shaw reports. Greater Victoria sewage project boss to get $290,000 bonus if he finishes job

The largest shoreline restoration project in the Puget Sound area will begin next month at Burien’s Seahurst Park.... Seahurst Park will close in late September and when it reopens in May, the north seawall will be gone and the adjacent beach restored to natural conditions. A narrower pathway will still extend along the north beach to the science center and marine technical laboratory. The north beach will begin to look like the park’s restored south end. The seawall was built in 1972. Eric Mathison reports. Restoration of Seahurst Park north beach begins next month

The Port Townsend Marine Science Center is seeking nominations for the 2013 Eleanor Stopps Environmental Leadership Award. The award recognizes people on the North Olympic Peninsula who are stewards of the environment and have demonstrated leadership in efforts to protect the natural world. Nominations must be submitted to the marine science center before 5 p.m. Aug. 31... Stopps, who died of cancer in April at the age of 92, was responsible for the 1982 establishment of the Protection Island National Wildlife Refuge, the only refuge created during the Reagan administration. Port Townsend Marine Science Center seeks leadership award nominations

The dead gray whale that washed up on the beach near Grayland is being removed bone by bone and the owners of the Westport Aquarium say they could use help removing the remains — if you can stand the smell and “gore.” Kathryn Myrsell, co-owner and co-director of the Westport Aquarium, said she and her husband, Marc, are removing the whale bit by bit because the state parks department, which has jurisdiction over the remains, was reluctant to have the carcass moved in a large vehicle across a dune to private land, where the owner had offered to let the body decay naturally. Removal of dead whale a tall order for aquarium

A resident affected by the fuel spill in Lemon Creek has filed a class action lawsuit against both the province and the company whose truck triggered the spill. Robert George Kirk filed a notice of civil claim in B.C. Supreme Court on Wednesday. In late July, a tanker fell into the creek and leaked 35,000 litres of jet fuel into the water which drains into the Kootenay River. Lawsuit filed over Lemon Creek jet fuel spill  

Now, your weekend tug weather--
WEST ENTRANCE U.S. WATERS STRAIT OF JUAN DE FUCA- 900 PM PDT THU AUG 8 2013
TONIGHT
W WIND 10 TO 20 KT. WIND WAVES 1 TO 3 FT. W SWELL 2 FT AT 12 SECONDS. AREAS OF FOG.
FRI
W WIND 10 TO 20 KT. WIND WAVES 1 TO 3 FT. W SWELL 3 FT AT 11 SECONDS. AREAS OF MORNING FOG.
FRI NIGHT
W WIND 5 TO 15 KT. WIND WAVES 2 FT OR LESS. W SWELL 4 FT AT 11 SECONDS.
SAT
W WIND TO 10 KT...RISING TO 10 TO 20 KT IN THE AFTERNOON. WIND WAVES 1 TO 3 FT. W SWELL 5 FT AT 10 SECONDS.
SAT NIGHT
NW WIND 10 TO 20 KT. WIND WAVES 1 TO 3 FT. W SWELL 3 FT AT 10 SECONDS.
SUN
W WIND 5 TO 15 KT...BECOMING 10 TO 20 KT IN THE AFTERNOON. WIND WAVES 1 TO 3 FT. NW SWELL 4 FT AT 8 SECONDS.
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