Tuesday, September 13, 2016

9/13 GBH, Kply cleanup, Devil's Lake & Dabob Bay, Cheslatta Carrier First Nation, Site C

GBH (Rebecca Richardson/BirdNote)
The Heron and the Snake
It's a rough world for a young Great Blue Heron. A mere one egg in ten results in an adult heron. Only a little more than 25% of fledglings survive their first year. Michael Hobbs witnessed a battle between a young heron and a snake. Successful foraging takes practice. In a trial-and-error world, how often does an inexperienced bird get a second chance? Fortunately, nearly 75% of yearlings will survive to adulthood. (BirdNote)

Port of Port Angeles commissioners formally conclude cleanup of KPly mill site
Port of Port Angeles commissioners took action Monday morning, officially putting to rest the cleanup of the 19-acre former KPly mill site at 439 Marine Drive. The cleanup ended up costing $7,007,738.98. While well over the original $3.5 million contract, the final costs came in about $200,000 less than expected. The costs dropped from $7.2 million because the contractor brought in less fill material than was originally estimated, said Chris Hartman, the port’s director of engineering. Jesse Major reports. (Peninsula Daily News)

State details conservation area expansion plans for Jefferson commissioners 
Jefferson County commissioners learned details of a proposal to expand two conservation areas within the county at their meeting Monday. The proposal from the state Department of Natural Resources would expand Devil’s Lake Natural Resources Conservation Area by just over 400 acres and Dabob Bay Natural Area by almost 3,000 acres. The Devil’s Lake expansion would be onto 415 acres of DNR managed trust land, with would put the boundary right up to Quilcene Bay…. The much more expansive area around Dabob Bay is expected to be a long-term project, according to John Gamon of the DNR.  Cydney McFarland reports. (Peninsula Daily News)

Cheslatta Carrier First Nation sign reconciliation agreement with province
The Cheslatta Carrier First Nation signed a reconciliation and settlement framework with the B.C. government on Monday afternoon. Cheslatta Carrier was removed from their traditional territory over 60 years ago to make way for the Kenney Dam, a hydroelectric dam that powers Rio Tinto Alcan's Kitimat smelter operations. The flooding of their traditional territory by the dam has resulted in the destruction of sites of cultural significance, including graves. According to the province, the agreement will serve as a framework for further negotiations on specific benefits for the First Nation. (CBC)

B.C. First Nations Site C dam challenge plays out in Federal Court in Montreal
Ottawa has an obligation to uphold treaty rights in relation to the $9-billion Site C dam project in British Columbia, two First Nations groups from the province argued Monday. The communities from Treaty 8 territory -- Prophet River and West Moberly -- appeared in the Federal Court of Appeal seeking to reverse a 2015 decision that rejected their arguments the project violates their constitutionally protected treaty rights. The proposed dam and hydroelectric generating station on B.C.'s Peace River, which calls for an 83-kilometre reservoir, would flood farmland along with traditional First Nations territory and affect hunting, fishing and trapping rights. Sidhartha Banerjee reports. (Canadian Press)

Now, your tug weather--
WEST ENTRANCE U.S. WATERS STRAIT OF JUAN DE FUCA-  300 AM PDT TUE SEP 13 2016  

TODAY
 E WIND TO 10 KT. WIND WAVES 1 FT OR LESS. NW SWELL 3 FT AT  10 SECONDS.
TONIGHT
 W WIND 5 TO 15 KT. WIND WAVES 2 FT OR LESS. W SWELL 3 FT  AT 14 SECONDS.

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