Tuesday, December 30, 2014

12/30 Monarch butterflies, Fraser farms & fish, erosion & slides, fish crossings

Monarch butterfly (TexasEagle/Flickr/EarthFix)
Feds Consider Endangered Species Listing For Monarch Butterfly
The monarch butterfly is in line for possible protection under the Endangered Species Act. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Monday it is launching a year-long status review of the monarch population in response to a request from conservation groups. The iconic butterflies face threats from pesticide use and habitat loss – particularly from the loss of milkweed plants, which are the sole food source for monarch caterpillars. Cassandra Profita reports. (EarthFix)

Probe prompts some farmland owners to improve fish habitat (with video)
Two farmland owners in the Fraser Valley have conducted wide-ranging remediation work — and a third is under a provincial order to do so — following a lengthy Vancouver Sun investigation into the environmental impact of farming on fish streams. The Sun’s Minding The Farm series, published in June, probed several cases in which farmers had altered important fish habitat, and it also exposed the B.C. government’s lax laws on farm manure runoff into fish streams compared with neighbouring Washington state. Larry Pynn reports. (Vancouver Sun)

Erosion damages popular Burien park
Erosion is causing a lot of damage at popular Burien park and it keeps getting worse. A large staircase is about to topple over into Puget Sound and now neighbors are wondering if there's anything the city can do to fix the problem. There would ordinarily be dozens of people running the steps at Eagle Landing Park. But lately there have been just a handful and they're not getting very far. Todd Land reports. (KING) See also: Whidbey slide damage could take time to clean up  (KING)

What's up with those fish crossing signs?
Deer Crossing signs alert motorists to be on the lookout for reckless ruminant mammals. But Fish Crossing signs? Andrea Brown reports. (Herald of Everett)

Now, your tug weather--
WEST ENTRANCE U.S. WATERS STRAIT OF JUAN DE FUCA- 1134 PM PST MON DEC 29 2014
TUE
E WIND 10 TO 20 KT...EASING IN THE AFTERNOON. WIND WAVES 1 TO 3 FT...SUBSIDING. W SWELL 2 FT AT 13 SECONDS.
TUE NIGHT
SE WIND TO 10 KT. WIND WAVES 1 FT OR LESS. W SWELL 2 FT AT 12 SECONDS.
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