Vancouver Island resident Eric Pittman has become somewhat of a hummingbird expert ever since he picked up a video camera five years ago and starting filming a nest in his backyard. He has been filming ever since. "Once you start to do it and they're always around, it's kind of addictive," he said. Pittman's high quality videos and live webcam streaming from Esquimalt, B.C., are captivating hundreds of thousands of people around the world, who flock to his website for an unfiltered, closer look at the birds. (CBC)
If you like to watch: How to tell an oil train in Oregon apart from others: photo guide
First, check the placard on the train car. Every car moving hazardous materials has a placard identifying what's in it. Crude oil is shipped in cars with placard No. 1267.... Rob Davis explains. (Oregonian)
Have you found a drift card? It's in the cards; spread of possible oil spill tracked by 'drift card' study (San Juan Journal)
Lower taxes linked to carbon-emission cuts
Legislation awaiting Gov. Jay Inslee’s signature would give Puget Sound Energy a lower tax rate on the construction of a potential $250 million liquefied natural gas plant serving ships and truckers at the Port of Tacoma. Important to the environmentalist governor, Senate Bill 6440 would for the first time in Washington link a tax rate with reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. “This may be something that we will look back at and perhaps (take) note,” Inslee, a Democrat, said at the conclusion of the Legislature’s session in mid-March. “This is the first time a tax incentive will be tied to concrete carbon-emission reductions and includes other real accountability measures to make ensure taxpayers receive maximum return on their investment.” Brad Shannon reports. (Olympian) Meanwhile: LNG Plant Still Not Safe For Investigators (KPLU)
Fisheries department seeks voluntary avoidance of areas in Strait of Georgia and Howe Sound
The federal fisheries department is asking commercial fishermen to voluntarily avoid nine reefs in the Strait of Georgia while talks are underway to make the fishing closures official and help ensure protection of fragile glass sponges — possibly the “longest living animals” in the world. “Until these protection measures are finalized, DFO is requesting voluntary avoidance of these sponge reefs from all bottom contact fishing activities ... in the area,” the department states in a memo. Fisheries would include groundfish trawl and longline, shrimp trawl, and crab and prawn traps. Larry Pynn reports. (Vancouver Sun)
'Threatened' Steelhead trout filling Hood Canal River
Steelhead may be considered a threatened species, but you wouldn't know it from looking at a river near Hood Canal Tuesday. Biologists with the Hood Canal Steelhead Project just released about 100 Steelhead trout in the river. The Steelhead were born in the wild, but they have been raised at a hatchery for the last four years. Nine different state, local, tribal and non-profit organizations make up the group raising and releasing the fish. Drew Mikkelsen reports. (KING)
County Council delays shoreline decision
Pierce County’s controversial revision of shoreline policies, which started seven years ago, will continue for at least three more months. In response to public concerns that have emerged during the marathon process, the Pierce County Council voted Tuesday to delay a decision on adopting the changes until July 29. The council had been scheduled to vote April 22. Council members postponed action after the public complained last month at community meetings about proposed buffer changes that could affect private property rights. People also complained about not being adequately informed. Steve Maynard reports. (News Tribune of Tacoma)
Now, your tug weather--
WEST ENTRANCE U.S. WATERS STRAIT OF JUAN DE FUCA- 300 AM PDT WED APR 2 2014
SW WIND TO 10 KT...BECOMING W 10 KT IN THE AFTERNOON. WIND WAVES 1 FT OR LESS. W SWELL 4 FT AT 10 SECONDS.
W WIND 5 TO 15 KT...BECOMING SE TO 10 KT AFTER MIDNIGHT. WIND WAVES 2 FT OR LESS. W SWELL 3 FT AT 9 SECONDS.
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