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Crews are finishing up the first phase of a two-part beach restoration project at Bay View State Park this week. The project is aimed at repairing erosion and preventing further damage, State Parks Environmental Engineer Gary Cray said.... Crews built a new rock revetment, removed some non-native rocks and covered the beach with natural materials between Sept. 15 and Tuesday, which fell outside the park’s busy season and within a time-frame least harmful to fish, Cray said. They are now building a fence to narrow beach access to four distinct paths, and will then hydro-seed bare areas. Kimberly Cauvel reports. (Skagit Valley Herald)
Tacoma, Seattle port commissions vote to support Seaport Alliance
Two rival ports, Tacoma and Seattle, Tuesday officially declared an intent to end their destructive competition over maritime customers. In a historic joint session in Auburn the two ruling port commissions each voted unanimously to ask the Federal Maritime Commission to grant them permission to operate their waterfront terminals jointly. The two bodies had announced their intent to form an operating alliance last week. Tuesday’s vote made it official. John Gille reports. (Tacoma News Tribune)
Ballard Captain directs documentary about Salish Sea
Ballard resident Captain Kevin Campion recently directed a new documentary film entitled The Unknown Sea: A Voyage on the Salish. The film was recently premiered during a 10 day film and music tour aboard the historic racing yacht Orion through the Salish Sea. Captain Campion has been working as a marine biologist and mariner for over a decade and has a deep passion for marine education. Through the Deep Green Wilderness education program on the Orion he takes students out on the Salish Sea and teaches ecology and traditional sailing skills. Danielle Anthony-Goodwin reports. (My Ballard)
Land-use planners ready to apply lessons from mudslide
Snohomish County has yet to change any permanent land-use rules about what people can build near steep, unstable slopes after the deadly Oso landslide. Policy makers expect to take a first run at applying the lessons of Oso to the county's land-use code between now and mid-2015. The work is to occur as part of an update of the state-mandated critical areas regulations, which the county must complete in June. Noah Haglund reports. (Everett Herald)
Hospitals dig into sustainable seafoods
Kathy Pryor sits in the lobby at Bellevue's Overlake Hospital, one of the few in the state committed to serving what is called “sustainable” seafood, an amorphous concept that means everything from local fish caught with hook and line, to healthy wild stocks, to avoiding fish caught with bottom trawling or from stressed marine ecosystems. Pryor is at the hospital as a representative of Washington Healthy Food in Health Care. The effort is a national initiative of Health Care Without Harm whose mission is to get hospitals to use their purchasing power to invest in foods that heal. Martha Baskin reports. (Crosscut)
Site C dam granted environmental assessment approval
The federal and B.C. governments have issued an environmental assessment certificate to B.C. Hydro for the Site C Clean Energy Project, located seven kilometres southwest of Fort St. John. In a statement issued Tuesday, the B.C. forest and environment ministers said they had decided that Site C, a proposed $8-billion hyrdoelectric dam on the Peace River in Northern B.C. is in the public interest and that the benefits provided outweigh the risks of significant adverse environmental, social and heritage impacts. Later in the afternoon, the federal government issued its own environmental approval in a separate statement. (CBC)
Now, your tug weather--
WEST ENTRANCE U.S. WATERS STRAIT OF JUAN DE FUCA- 249 AM PDT WED OCT 15 2014
SE WIND 5 TO 15 KT. WIND WAVES 2 FT OR LESS. W SWELL 9 FT AT 13 SECONDS. SHOWERS LIKELY IN THE MORNING. A CHANCE OF TSTMS.
SHOWERS IN THE AFTERNOON.
SW WIND TO 10 KT...BECOMING SE 5 TO 15 KT. WIND WAVES 2 FT OR LESS. W SWELL 9 FT AT 13 SECONDS. SHOWERS IN THE EVENING...
THEN A CHANCE OF SHOWERS AFTER MIDNIGHT.
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