Wednesday, January 15, 2014

1/15 Indian fishing, Fed funding, Squamish spill, Navy jets, tsunami house

West Seattle Beach Walk (Alan Berner/Seattle Times)
If you like to watch: Northwest Wanderings: Low tide night beach walk
It's splendor in the grass -- eel grass. "We've got sex on the beach," announces Seattle Aquarium naturalist Larry Reymann. During a minus 1.5 tide at night, more than two dozen naturalists are leading small groups on a journey of discovery at West Seattle's Constellation Park and Marine Reserve. Colin Diltz reports.

New blog: When Good Beaches Go Bad
“The forecast for Wednesday is 10- to 12-foot surf on the north shore of Oahu and what the ocean brings in as sand it takes away and brings back again. But sometimes it doesn’t...”

Bill would clear convictions during 1960s, '70s fish-ins by American Indians
Decades after American Indians were arrested for exercising treaty-protected fishing rights during the "Fish Wars," a proposal in the state Legislature would give those who were jailed a chance to clear their convictions from the record. During fish-ins and other civil disobedience protests of the 1960s and 1970s, tribal members and others were roughed up, harassed and arrested while asserting their right to fish for salmon in violation of state regulations at the time. Rep. David Sawyer, a Democrat from Tacoma, is the prime sponsor of the bill. He says it's time to allow people to clear those charges. Phuong Le reports.

Spending bill aims billions toward Washington state
.... Two Democratic House members, Derek Kilmer and Denny Heck, said the bill includes $25 million to help clean up the Puget Sound, restore its salmon and make sure that it remains a “national environmental priority.” That’s much more than the $17 million that President Barack Obama had sought for recovery efforts, but the freshmen congressmen said the money will help protect thousands of jobs that rely on the Puget Sound and its surrounding waters. Rob Hotakainen reports.

Old tug sinks, spilling diesel near Squamish  
A 112-year-old tugboat that sank near the government dock in Squamish, B.C. on Tuesday spilled up to 1,500 litres of diesel fuel into the waters of Mamquam Blind Channel. Officials are on the scene assessing the situation, using booms and absorbents to contain whatever fuel they can. The Coast Guard expects waves will break up any of the fuel that did manage to spread. Still, local environmentalists are concerned about what affect the spill might have on local fish stocks.

Public comment period extended to Jan. 31 for Whidbey Island Growler airfield operations
The Navy has extended the deadline for public comment for an environmental impact statement on EA-18G Growler airfield operations on Whidbey Island until Jan. 31. The previous deadline, Jan. 3., didn’t provide enough time for people to comment, according to Port Townsend City officials.

This Beautiful Washington House Could Withstand A Tsunami
Steps away from the water, Tsunami House is located on a FEMA-designated high velocity flood zone.

Now, your tug weather--
WEST ENTRANCE U.S. WATERS STRAIT OF JUAN DE FUCA- 900 PM PST TUE JAN 14 2014
WED
LIGHT WIND. WIND WAVES LESS THAN 1 FT. W SWELL 7 OR 8 FT AT 14 SECONDS. AREAS OF FOG.
WED NIGHT
E WIND RISING TO 10 TO 20 KT. WIND WAVES BUILDING TO 1 TO 3 FT. W SWELL 8 FT AT 14 SECONDS...SUBSIDING TO 6 FT AT 13
 SECONDS. AREAS OF FOG.

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