|Into the fjord (Laurie MacBride)|
Laurie MacBride in Eye on Environment writes: "I knew Princess Louisa Inlet would be gorgeous, since I’ve been hearing about its virtues pretty much all my life. But what I didn’t know or expect was the incredible beauty of the three long arms of water that lead up Jervis Inlet to Princess Louisa. It’s a long journey in a slow boat, and your timing has to be right to safely navigate the narrow tidal pass that leads into Princess Louisa (more on that in another post, later). We had calculated when we’d need to reach the pass, and left the dock at Egmont at 0600 hours, giving ourselves lots of extra time, to allow for some dawdling along the way…."
Ecology taking comments from public on portion of GP West cleanup site until Nov. 1
The public has a chance to comment on a plan to move mercury-contaminated soil that’s been sitting on the Bellingham waterfront to an approved landfill. The plan addresses only a portion of the contaminated Georgia-Pacific West site at 300 W. Laurel St., said Krista Kenner, a Washington State Department of Ecology spokeswoman. A feasibility study to explore options for cleaning up the entire site is expected to go out for public comment in early 2017, Kenner said. The work for this plan is scheduled to be complete in March and is expected to cost about $1.5 million, according to Ecology. Half of that comes from the Model Toxics Control Act, which is a tax on hazardous substances that move through the state, Kenner said. The Port of Bellingham will cover the other half. Kyle Mittan reports. (Bellingham Herald)
Dam failure a quake risk for Campbell River
Officials in Campbell River are urging residents to prepare for massive flooding when the 'Big One' hits. While many areas on the coast risk inundation from the sea, the danger in Campbell River will come from inland, where there are two large dams to the west of the city. "It is predicted by BC Hydro that our old dams will not survive a catastrophic earthquake," Shaun Koopman, the protective services coordinator for Strathcona Regional District, said in an interview with On the Island's Gregor Craigie. Deborah Wilson reports. (CBC)
Methanol opponents appeal environmental study
A trio of environmental groups is appealing the final environmental impact statement on the proposed methanol plant in Kalama. The legal challenge could introduce new delays in Northwest Innovation Works’ plans to build a $1.8 billion methanol plant. Columbia Riverkeeper, the Sierra Club and the Center for Biological Diversity announced Thursday their appeal of the study to the Cowlitz County Hearing Examiner. Marissa Luck reports. (Longview Daily News)
Three arrested for oil pipeline 'sabotage' in Skagit County include two filmmakers
Three people were arraigned in Skagit County Superior Court Thursday on charges related to Oct. 11 demonstrations against oil pipelines. A lawyer said two of those people are journalists who did nothing to warrant the criminal charges. Amy Radil reports. (KUOW)
Now, your weekend tug weather--
WEST ENTRANCE U.S. WATERS STRAIT OF JUAN DE FUCA- 852 AM PDT FRI OCT 21 2016
SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY IN EFFECT THROUGH THIS AFTERNOON
SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY FOR HAZARDOUS SEAS IN EFFECT FROM THIS AFTERNOON THROUGH SATURDAY AFTERNOON
TODAY SE WIND 15 TO 25 KT...EASING TO 10 TO 20 KT IN THE AFTERNOON. WIND WAVES 2 TO 4 FT. W SWELL 8 FT AT 11 SECONDS. RAIN.
TONIGHT S WIND 5 TO 15 KT. WIND WAVES 2 FT OR LESS. W SWELL 10 FT AT 14 SECONDS...BUILDING TO 12 FT AT 14 SECONDS AFTER MIDNIGHT. A CHANCE OF SHOWERS.
SAT SE WIND 5 TO 15 KT...BECOMING 10 TO 20 KT IN THE AFTERNOON. WIND WAVES 1 TO 3 FT. W SWELL 11 FT AT 13 SECONDS...SUBSIDING TO 9 FT AT 13 SECONDS IN THE AFTERNOON. A SLIGHT CHANCE OF RAIN IN THE MORNING.
SAT NIGHT SE WIND 5 TO 15 KT...BECOMING E 15 TO 25 KT AFTER MIDNIGHT. WIND WAVES 1 TO 2 FT...BUILDING TO 2 TO 4 FT AFTER MIDNIGHT. W SWELL 8 FT AT 12 SECONDS...BECOMING NW 6 FT AT 12 SECONDS AFTER MIDNIGHT.
SUN E WIND 10 TO 20 KT...BECOMING SE 5 TO 15 KT IN THE AFTERNOON. WIND WAVES 1 TO 3 FT. W SWELL 7 FT AT 11 SECONDS.
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