Tuesday, October 14, 2014

10/14 BC sockeye, WA sockeye, Polley mine

Adams River sockeye (CBC)
If you like to watch: Adams River sockeye salmon run near Kamloops draws crowds
Millions of sockeye salmon are returning to the Adams River near Kamloops in one of the most spectacular displays of natural beauty in the world. The salmon return to spawn every year, but every four years during the dominant run in the four-year cycle, millions of sockeye turn the water crimson with spawning fish drawing more than 250,000 people. (CBC)

Cedar River's Restored Habitat Provides Ideal Spawning Conditions For Chinook
About five miles from the clogged freeways, shopping malls and airplane hangars at the south end of Lake Washington, the Cedar River starts winding its way through Maple Valley. It’s here, along some 30 miles of streambeds, some just a few paces off the highway, where life begins and ends each fall for hundreds of Lake Washington chinook. The land adjacent to the riverbed is undeveloped. Water flowing at just the right speed and depth over gravel that’s protected by a shady forest makes this habitat ideal for the spawning nests, called redds, that salmon create. A trained eye can spot them in an instant. Bellamy Pailthorp reports. (KPLU)

B.C. didn’t inspect Mount Polley mine in 2010, 2011
A reorganization within the B.C. government four years ago led to a precipitous drop in the number of engineering inspections of tailings dams at the province’s mines, new figures released Monday by the province show. In 2010 – the same year that a huge crack was reported in the dam at the Mount Polley gold and copper mine – the government’s geotechnical engineers conducted just three inspections across the province, down from 22 the year before. The following year, in 2011, only two inspections were completed. Justine Hunter reports. (Globe and Mail)

Now, your tug weather--
WEST ENTRANCE U.S. WATERS STRAIT OF JUAN DE FUCA- 254 AM PDT TUE OCT 14 2014
TODAY
SE WIND 5 TO 15 KT. WIND WAVES 2 FT OR LESS. W SWELL 9 FT AT 11 SECONDS. SHOWERS LIKELY.
TONIGHT
SE WIND TO 10 KT. WIND WAVES 1 FT OR LESS. W SWELL 8 FT AT 11 SECONDS. SHOWERS LIKELY IN THE EVENING...THEN SHOWERS AND A
 CHANCE OF TSTMS AFTER MIDNIGHT.
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