Wednesday, September 4, 2013

9/4 Eagle Harbor sewage, coal demand, Haida Gwaii quake, Duwamish watchdog, iron dump, Clallam funds

Dissecting English sole (Sarah Brace)
New blog: News of deformed seafood in the Gulf post-BP spill brings to mind the work of Dr. Donald Malins in the early ‘80s on liver tumors in Elliott Bay and Duwamish English sole that prompted the first big push to clean up and restore Puget Sound. When Good Seafood Goes Bad

The Kitsap Health District has issued a seven-day "no contact" health advisory for all of Eagle Harbor following Friday's break of a sewer main and the spill of 438,000 gallons of raw sewage into the harbor. Until the advisory is lifted, the public is advised to avoid contact with water in Eagle Harbor and not harvest shellfish from beaches in the area. Health district officials said the advisory is scheduled to be lifted on Saturday, Sept. 7, pending the results of water samples that will be collected by the health district from Eagle Harbor on Friday, Sept. 6.  Kitsap Health District issues 'no contact' advisory for Eagle Harbor waters

Back in 2011, when SSA Marine laid out plans for a major coal-export terminal in Northwest Washington, international markets were on a tear as the demand for coal pushed prices to record levels. But this summer, export prices have plunged by more than 40 percent, prompting some coal-export projects in Australia to be scaled back or scuttled. That’s raising new questions about the prospect for large-scale exports from the proposed SSA Marine terminal at Cherry Point in Whatcom County and a second terminal proposed for Longview in Southwest Washington.  Hal Bernton and Brian M. Rosenthal report. Demand cools as fight rages over coal-export terminals

Seismologists are warning Haida Gwaii residents to brace for aftershocks that could last for days after an earthquake rattled the shores of the remote archipelago on Tuesday. A magnitude 6.2 earthquake was detected at 1:19 p.m. about 100 kilometres south of Haida Gwaii, between the island chain and Vancouver Island. Two aftershocks registering magnitudes of 4.5 and 4.9 were detected at 2:05 p.m. and 2:25 p.m., respectively. A statement issued by Natural Resources Canada said there were no reports of damage and the earthquake, which was shallow, wasn’t felt by residents. Nick Wells reports. Aftershocks expected to rock Haida Gwaii for days after 6.2 earthquake  

Seattle's Duwamish River is one of the most polluted rivers in the country, and it's so toxic that it has become an EPA Superfund site. The federal agency has made clean-up a priority, but a local group of "waterway watchdogs" isn't waiting for the EPA to act. Every week, a group called the Puget Soundkeeper Alliance goes on the hunt for polluters.... The non-profit organization is hunting polluters, and they have a good track record of finding them. Since 1984, the organization has reached more than 100 settlements with polluters of Puget Sound waterways worth $3.7 million. Michelle Esteban reports. Water watchdogs working to clean up the Duwamish River  

A year ago on Sept. 12, an unassuming fishing boat reached port after causing an international uproar by dumping tonnes of iron dust in the North Pacific, off the coast of Haida Gwaii. Today, the company behind the dumping, the Haida Salmon Restoration Corp., remains committed to ocean fertilization even as it fights the federal government in court over the ensuing investigation. B.C. company at centre of iron dumping scandal stands by its convictions   When the Haida Salmon Restoration Corp. spread 100 tonnes of iron sulphate and 20 tonnes of iron oxide in the northwest Pacific in the summer of 2012, government officials scrambled to distance themselves from the project. Yet there is plenty of evidence officials knew what the Haida Gwaii company was considering long before the dumping took place. Zoe McKnight reports.  Why was iron dumping a surprise?

A Clallam County-based nonprofit and the Jamestown S'Klallam tribe have received a total of roughly $3.6 million in grants from the state Recreation and Conservation Office aimed at improving salmon habitat in the county. The $3.6 million is part of a total $9.6 million in grants distributed among 11 projects to restore salmon habitat in and near Puget Sound. Jeremy Schwartz reports. State gives Clallam nonprofit, tribe $3.6 million for salmon rehabilitation

Now, your tug weather--
WEST ENTRANCE U.S. WATERS STRAIT OF JUAN DE FUCA- 300 AM PDT WED SEP 4 2013
TODAY
LIGHT WIND. WIND WAVES LESS THAN 1 FT. SW SWELL 2 FT AT 12 SECONDS. A CHANCE OF SHOWERS IN THE AFTERNOON.
TONIGHT
W WIND TO 10 KT. WIND WAVES 1 FT OR LESS. SW SWELL 2 FT AT 12 SECONDS.
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