Wednesday, September 10, 2014

9/10 Poop sniffer dogs, King Co. sewer, Polley mine discharge, NW fuel exports, Seahurst Park, seabird rule

Sept. 8 Supermoon (Chris Pietsch, AP/Vancouver Sun)
Dogs sniff out pollution in Bremerton creeks
Molly and Kona sniffed Monday through Enatai Creek in East Bremerton, searching for what no one wants in their water and every dog loves to stop and smell — poop. The two dogs, that are with Environmental Canine Services, are helping the Kitsap Public Health District search for stormwater pollution, specifically human feces contamination, that will flow into local rivers, lakes and Puget Sound, according to Stuart Whitford, the health district's water pollution identification and correction program manager. Rachel Anne Seymour reports. (Kitsap Sun)

King County Auditor: Sewer overflow project could cost $2.6 billion
A King County auditor's report found that a combined sewage overflow project originally priced at $711 million could now cost ratepayers $2.6 billion. The Wastewater Treatment Division plans to build nine new facilities to hold and treat storm water and sewage by 2030. The clean water is released into local waterways like the Duwamish River, Puget Sound, and Lake Washington. The county is halting the project for three months until it there is a better explanation of the cost differences. David Ham reports. (KIRO)

Mount Polley: B.C. orders mine to stop discharging effluent
The B.C. Ministry of the Environment has ordered the Mount Polley mine northeast of Williams Lake, B.C. to stop discharging effluent into Hazeltine Creek. The provincial order comes only a day after residents said they witnessed slurry being pumped from Polley Lake near the mine downstream into Hazeltine Creek and Quesnel Lake. (CBC)

Northwest Fossil Fuel Exports
…. Since 2012, British Columbia, Oregon, and Washington have seen new active proposals for four new coal terminals, three expansions of existing terminals, two new oil pipelines, eleven oil-by-rail facilities, and six new natural gas pipelines. Each of the projects is distinct, but all can be denominated in a common currency: the tons of carbon dioxide emitted if the fossil fuels were burned. Taken together, these plans would be capable of delivering enough fuel to release 822 million metric tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere each year…. if all of the coal export terminals, oil-by-rail facilities, oil pipelines, and natural gas pipelines planned for the Pacific Northwest are completed and fully utilized, the region could export fossil fuels carrying five times as much climate-warming carbon as Keystone XL… (Sightline)  See also: Lawyers: Wyoming pro-coal argument unlikely to work on Cherry Point proposal Ralph Schwartz reports. (Bellingham Herald)

Seahurst Park Ribbon-Cutting — Seawall Removal Restores 2,800 Feet of Shoreline Habitat http://www.highlinetimes.com/2014/09/09/news/seahurst-park-ribbon-cutting-—-seawall-removal-re
Join the City of Burien, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Puget Sound Partnership and other partners to celebrate the Phase II completion of the Seahurst Park Ecosystem Restoration Project. Tours of the restoration site begin at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, September 12th, followed by groundbreaking ceremonies at 2:30 p.m. Tours of the restoration site and open house events begin at Seahurst Park 2:30 p.m. Seahurst Park is located at 1600 S.W. Seahurst Park Road, in Burien. (Highline Times)

Advisory to be lifted today against contact with Port Angeles Harbor waters
An advisory warning against recreational contact with the water of Port Angeles Harbor will be lifted today, a Clallam County health official said.  The county Health Department issued the advisory Thursday after 1 million gallons of partially treated but unchlorinated sewage spilled into the harbor Sept. 2 following a malfunction at the city's sewage treatment plant that disabled a chlorine pump. (Peninsula Daily News )

New Fishing Rule Protects Endangered Seabird
Federal fisheries managers are proposing to require West Coast commercial fishermen who unroll long lines of baited hooks on the ocean bottom to also tow long lines of fluttering plastic to scare off seabirds trying to steal the bait. The proposed rule published Tuesday in the Federal Register is designed to protect the endangered short-tailed albatross, which once numbered in the millions but is down to about 1,200 individuals. (Associated Press)

Now, your tug weather--
WEST ENTRANCE U.S. WATERS STRAIT OF JUAN DE FUCA- 303 AM PDT WED SEP 10 2014
SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM NOON PDT TODAY THROUGH THIS EVENING
TODAY
SE WIND 10 TO 20 KT...RISING TO 15 TO 25 KT IN THE AFTERNOON. WIND WAVES 1 TO 3 FT...BUILDING TO 2 TO 4 FT. W SWELL 4
 FT AT 14 SECONDS.
TONIGHT
E WIND 15 TO 25 KT...EASING TO 10 TO 20 KT AFTER MIDNIGHT. WIND WAVES 2 TO 4 FT...SUBSIDING TO 1 TO 3 FT. W SWELL 3 FT
 AT 13 SECONDS.
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