Wednesday, June 25, 2014

6/25 Wild Oly, climate change, oil trains, Elwha film, Kitsap Water Trail, submarine canyon

Wild Olympics/This American Land
If you like to watch: Wild Olympics
Washington’s Wild Olympics and the local effort to safeguard its clean water and old growth forests are highlighted in an upcoming episode of the television series This American Land, which airs nationwide on PBS stations. Check out the segment which features interviews with a number of Olympic Peninsula community members working to permanently protect ancient forests and salmon streams on Olympic National Forest as wilderness and Wild and Scenic Rivers.

New blog: What Does It Mean To Be Canadian?
I ask that having being in Montreal these last three days, reading signs in French, conversing with bartenders in English and having a great bowl of Nouilles de Lan zhou in a tiny restaurant in Chinatown where everyone was speaking Chinese...

Money men tally cost of climate change
Climate change is likely to exact enormous costs on U.S. regional economies in the form of lost property, reduced industrial output and more deaths, according to a report backed by a trio of men with vast business experience. The report, released Tuesday, is designed to convince businesses to factor in the cost of climate change in their long-term decisions and to push for reductions in emissions blamed for heating the planet. It was commissioned by the Risky Business Project, which describes itself as nonpartisan and is chaired by former New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, former Treasury Secretary Henry M. Paulson Jr. and Thomas F. Steyer, a former hedge fund manager. Jonathan Fahey reports. (Associated Press) See also: Bipartisan Report Tallies High Toll on Economy From Global Warming Justin Gillis reports. (NY Times) Read the report, Risky Business: The Economic Risks of Climate Change in the United States

Whatcom County gets 5 Bakken oil trains per week, BNSF report shows
Five trains loaded with Bakken crude oil roll through Whatcom County each week, according to BNSF Railway figures released by Washington state on Tuesday, June 24. That ranked on the low end for Washington state. Kickitat County gets the most BNSF trains carrying Bakken crude, at 19 per week. Snohomish gets 10 and Skagit County nine, according to the BNSF data. The information came from a one-week count of rail traffic, for May 29-June 4. Curtis Tate reports. (McClatchy) See also: Ferndale senator's handling of oil safety hearing slammed by critics  Ralph Schwartz reports. (Bellingham Herald)

Screening of 'Return of the River' planned Thursday in Port Angeles; admission free for Elwha documentary showing
After four years of filming, editing, testing and re-editing, a documentary of the restoration of the Elwha River is ready for prime time — but not before a test screening in front of the Port Angeles public. “Return of the River” will be shown at 7 p.m. Thursday at Peninsula College's Little Theater, 1502 E. Lauridsen Blvd. Arwyn Rice reports. (Peninsula Daily News)

Kitsap Water Trail earns national designation
The Kitsap Peninsula Water Trails is one the newest National Water Trails. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis Tuesday named it and the Black Canyon Water Trail in Nevada and Arizona into the National Water Trails system....
The two new trails join a system of 14 locally managed water trails throughout the country. Federal, state and local partners have worked together on these trails to increase access to water-based outdoor recreation, encourage community stewardship and promote local tourism.

Oceanographers Discover the Headwaters of Puget Sound
Scientists may have discovered the source of the Pacific Northwest’s legendary rich waters, in a submarine canyon in the deep ocean. University of Washington oceanographers published their findings in March: a surging flow of nutrient-rich warm water from the deep ocean canyon between the U.S. and Canada is swept into the Puget Sound at 20-30 times the rate at which river water comes into Puget Sound from the land. Katie Jennings reports. (QUEST/KQED)

Now, your tug weather--
WEST ENTRANCE U.S. WATERS STRAIT OF JUAN DE FUCA- 300 AM PDT WED JUN 25 2014
TODAY
LIGHT WIND. WIND WAVES LESS THAN 1 FT. W SWELL 4 FT AT 8 SECONDS.
TONIGHT
W WIND TO 10 KT. WIND WAVES 1 FT OR LESS. W SWELL 3 FT AT 8 SECONDS.

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