Wednesday, August 20, 2014

8/20 GBH, Fraser sockeye, Kinder Morgan, Clatskanie oil, Oly oyster, Campbell R. Chinook, tree sitter

(PHOTO: Paul Bannick/BirdNote)
If you like to listen: Great Blue Heron, Alone Again
Great Blue Herons nest in colonies, in adjoining trees or with several nests in one tree. But by autumn, the adults and gangly young have left the nests to take up solitary lives, a pattern that is the reverse of many other species. After all the "togetherness" of the nesting colonies, the Great Blue Herons spend the off-season by themselves. Frances Wood writes. (BirdNote)

High water temperatures in Fraser River a concern for migrating sockeye
The Pacific Salmon Commission raised concerns Tuesday about the impact of high water temperatures on sockeye salmon migrating up the Fraser River to spawn. In a news release, the commission's Fraser River Panel stated that the water temperature at Qualark Creek, just south of Yale in the Fraser Canyon, was 20.7 degrees Celsius on Monday — 3.1 degrees higher than average for the date. The temperatures are predicted to decline to about 18.9 degrees by Wednesday. Larry Pynn reports. (Vancouver Sun)

Kinder Morgan doesn't need permission to study Burnaby Mountain route, energy board says
The National Energy Board has sided with Kinder Morgan in a dispute with the City of Burnaby over access to Burnaby Mountain. The company can proceed with necessary studies of its preferred pipeline route through the mountain without the city's consent. In a decision released Tuesday, the National Energy Board confirmed that under federal legislation the company doesn't need permission to access the land that is home to Simon Fraser University and a vast nature preserve. Dene Moore reports. (Canadian Press)

Local Concerns And A New Permit For Oregon’s Largest Oil By Rail Terminal  
The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality approved a new air quality permit Tuesday for Oregon’s largest oil train terminal in Clatskanie and received roughly 1,400 comments in the process. Tony Schick reports. (EarthFix)

New Olympia oyster habitat created in Discovery Bay
Volunteers with the Jefferson County Marine Resources Committee have created a new half-acre of native Olympia oyster habitat at the south end of Discovery Bay. The group's goal is to jump-start an expansion of the small but thriving Olympia oyster population near the project site.  (Peninsula Daily News)

The mighty chinook is back
CAMPBELL RIVER — The Boston Whalers come slapping across the turbulent eddies of Seymour Narrows to the floats below historic Painter’s Lodge at precisely 10 a.m. and the excitement in marine operations manager Dwayne Mustard’s voice is irrepressible. The truth is, he doesn’t really want me chatting over coffee with the lodge’s general manager Christine Fleming. She started tending bar and now runs the Vancouver Island fishing lodge that started with a few tents strung along the beach — a way for Ned Painter to market his classic clinker-built rowboats — and is now an internationally-recognized symbol of sports fishing for B.C.’s trophy-sized salmon. Stephen Hume reports. (Vancouver Sun)

Bainbridge protester comes down from tree after sit-in
The Bainbridge Island teen who has staged a sit-in at the top of a tree since Monday morning to protest the construction of a planned retail complex has until 7:30 p.m. Tuesday to come down without facing trespassing charges, officials said. Paige Cornwall reports. (Seattle Times)

Now, your tug weather--
WEST ENTRANCE U.S. WATERS STRAIT OF JUAN DE FUCA- 221 AM PDT WED AUG 20 2014
TODAY
SE WIND 5 TO 15 KT...BECOMING NW IN THE AFTERNOON. WIND WAVES 2 FT OR LESS. W SWELL 6 FT AT 8 SECONDS.
TONIGHT
W WIND 5 TO 15 KT. WIND WAVES 2 FT OR LESS. W SWELL 5 FT AT 8 SECONDS.
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