Thursday, October 9, 2014

10/9 Bainbridge shores, Vic sewer, nearshore restoration, stormwater, BC LNG

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Bainbridge hit with second legal challenge to SMP
A group of shoreline property owners announced they had filed a challenge to the city of Bainbridge Island's new Shoreline Management Master Program this week. Richard "Dick" Haugan, a founder of Preserve Responsible Shoreline Management and coordinator of the appeal, said the petition claims that the city's new plan violates the state's Shoreline Management Act and the updated SMP will hurt property owners with homes on the island's coast. The petition is the second legal challenge filed against the city's SMP this week with the state's Growth Management Hearings Board, a group set up by the Legislature to handle disputes that arise from the Growth Management Act and the Shoreline Management Act. Brian Kelly reports. (Bainbridge Review)

CRD takes new tack on sewage treatment
A proposal to develop sub-regional plans for sewage treatment has been endorsed by Capital Regional District directors. CRD directors approved creation of a subcommittee with representatives from Colwood, Saanich, View Royal, Esquimalt and the Songhees First Nation. With CRD assistance, the subcommittee’s job will be to evaluate options and develop a sewage-treatment plan and resource-recovery plan in their region. The goal is to produce a conceptual plan for treatment and resource recovery by March 2015 that optimizes existing infrastructure, is environmentally sound and minimizes costs. The first step will be to consult residents. Bill Cleverley reports. (Times Colonist)

Comment sought on $1.1 billion Nearshore Ecosystem Restoration Project
Deer Harbor Estuary on Orcas Island is one of the 11 sites in the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers Tentatively Selected Restoration Plan. The total $1.1 billion project will restore about 5,300 acres. The Corps and Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) officials are seeking public comments on the Puget Sound Nearshore Ecosystem Restoration Project (PSNERP) Draft Feasibility Report and Environmental Impact Statement. The 45-day public comment period runs Oct.10 to Nov. 24, 2014. Documents pertaining to the project are available for viewing online at bit.ly/PSNearshore. (San Juan Islander)

Storm water cleaning system clearing Puget Sound of toxins
…. A cleaning system, now installed in Burien, is designed to take in runoff from parking lots or streets where water mixes with oil and other chemicals before flowing down storm drains. Burien, the state and the port authority are all working together on a special project at a city park not far from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport's third runway. Michael Konopasek reports. (KING)

B.C. LNG Alliance says LNG boom for B.C. 'not a foregone conclusion'
The head of an industry group representing six of the liquefied natural gas projects proposed in British Columbia says the industry is not a foregone conclusion, and the window of opportunity is closing. David Keane of the B.C. LNG Alliance says the provincial and federal governments will have to make some "difficult choices" if they want the tens of billions of dollars of investment. Keane told members of the Vancouver Board of Trade that the fiscal and environmental framework expected from both levels of government in the coming weeks will be the deciding factor. (CBC)

Now, your tug weather--
WEST ENTRANCE U.S. WATERS STRAIT OF JUAN DE FUCA- 858 PM PDT WED OCT 8 2014
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E WIND TO 10 KT. WIND WAVES 1 FT OR LESS. W SWELL 4 FT AT 14 SECONDS. AREAS OF FOG IN THE MORNING.
THU NIGHT
LIGHT WIND. WIND WAVES LESS THAN 1 FT. W SWELL 4 FT AT 18 SECONDS.

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