|Puget Sound Up Close (Randy Parker)|
Tethys Enterprises has backed out of its plans for a 1 million-square-foot bottling facility along Highway 20. In a letter sent to Mayor Dean Maxwell Tuesday, Tethys CEO Steve Winter said while the project remained viable, with the passing of time the company and its principals have alternate business opportunities that deserve attention and they opted to halt their efforts on the Anacortes project. Tethys has worked on the project for several years and signed a water contract with the city in late 2010. Kimberly Jacobs reports. Tethys scraps bottling plant plans
The Burrard Inlet Restoration Pilot Program is a rare ray of light from a dark chapter in the history of this highly industrialized body of water. In 2007, a bizarre oil spill saw a 12-metre geyser of crude oil sprayed over houses, roads, streams and sewers. More than 220,000 litres of oil escaped and 70,000 litres reached Burrard Inlet. Under a creative sentencing arrangement, Kinder Morgan and two contractors responsible each agreed to pay $149,000 to the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation. The first of seven projects using those funds is getting underway. Randy Shore reports. Burrard Inlet restoration program set to breathe life back into an industrialized body of water
Projects aimed at improving water quality, controlling flooding, protecting and restoring habitat, and supporting salmon recovery efforts in Water Resource Inventory Area 9 (WRIA 9) – which encompasses the Green/Duwamish and Central Puget Sound watershed – received a lift from the King County Flood Control District at its Monday meeting. The Flood Control District Board of Supervisors approved $1.2 million in Cooperative Watershed Management Grant funding for WRIA 9 to boost the clean water and salmon recovery efforts of local organizations. The cities that are part of WRIA 9 include: Algona, Auburn, Black Diamond, Burien, Covington, Des Moines, Enumclaw, Federal Way, Kent, Maple Valley, Normandy Park, Renton, SeaTac, Seattle and Tukwila. Green/Duwamish watershed projects receive $1.2 million boost See also: The Duwamish River’s Deadly Catches
Today's fishery in Seattle and the Pacific Northwest grew out of the Alaska Purchase and the prodding of the state legislature by a feisty fisherman. Knute Berger reports. 'There's fish in them thar waters!'
....Manitoba lost 46 per cent of its honey bee colonies over the past winter, a record rate for the province that makes it the worst hit province in the country, according to a recently released report by the Canadian Association of Professional Apiculturists (CAPA). But those devastating losses are just one part of a bleak picture across Canada. Nation-wide, the winter mortality rate rose to about 29 per cent of honey bee colonies, nearly double the deaths in the winter prior. It’s a setback that is dashing hopes raised last year by a low national rate of honey bee deaths — 15 per cent. Beekeepers were optimistic that the low mortality might herald a return to the average and more manageable losses the industry used to see. Huge honey bee losses across Canada dash hopes of upturn Meanwhile: Ouch! Yellow Jackets Having 'Banner Year' in Northwest
If you like to listen: Wildlife Watch: The Northern Leopard Frog
Federal wildlife officials are moving ahead with an experiment to see if killing a rival owl will help save the northern spotted owl from extinction. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Tuesday it gave final approval to a plan to send trained hunters into the woods to shoot barred owls. Barred owls migrated from the East and arrived in spotted owl territory in 1959. The agency says they have since become the biggest threat to spotted owl survival. Plans are to kill or capture barred owls in four study areas in Washington, Oregon and Northern California over the next four years. Owl vs. owl: Feds give final approval to owl-killing experiment
Now, your tug weather--
WEST ENTRANCE U.S. WATERS STRAIT OF JUAN DE FUCA- 300 AM PDT WED SEP 11 2013
SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY IN EFFECT THROUGH THIS AFTERNOON
E WIND 20 TO 30 KT...EASING TO 15 TO 25 KT IN THE AFTERNOON. WIND WAVES 2 TO 4 FT. W SWELL 5 FT AT 17 SECONDS.
E WIND 10 KT...BECOMING SW AFTER MIDNIGHT. WIND WAVES 2 FT OR LESS. W SWELL 5 FT AT 14 SECONDS. AREAS OF FOG AFTER MIDNIGHT.
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