Thursday, November 10, 2016

11/10 Trump presidency, Harper Estuary, BC LNG, Puget Sound recovery

(PHOTO: Joe Raedle/Getty/The New Yorker)
An American Tragedy
The election of Donald Trump to the Presidency is nothing less than a tragedy for the American republic, a tragedy for the Constitution, and a triumph for the forces, at home and abroad, of nativism, authoritarianism, misogyny, and racism. Trump’s shocking victory, his ascension to the Presidency, is a sickening event in the history of the United States and liberal democracy. On January 20, 2017, we will bid farewell to the first African-American President—a man of integrity, dignity, and generous spirit—and witness the inauguration of a con who did little to spurn endorsement by forces of xenophobia and white supremacy. It is impossible to react to this moment with anything less than revulsion and profound anxiety.... David Remick writes. (The New Yorker)

Harper Estuary project gets started following years of discussion
Chris Dunagan in Watching Our Water Ways writes: "Excavation started today on a $1.3-million project to reshape and restore Harper Estuary in South Kitsap. It is a project that I’ve been discussing since 2001, when former Harper resident Chuck Hower first introduced me to the idea, a concept that he had been promoting with state and federal officials… Orion Marine Contractors was the successful bidder among six companies that offered bids on the project to remove much of the fill material placed in and around the estuary. The amount of soil to be removed is estimated at more than 15,000 cubic yards, or enough to fill roughly 1,000 dump trucks."

Pacific NorthWest LNG assessment underestimated risks to salmon, study claims
Federal approval of a controversial liquefied natural gas export terminal on British Columbia's North Coast underestimated impacts on juvenile wild salmon, according to a new scientific study published today. The study looked at how migrating salmon use the Skeena River estuary, including a sandy area with eelgrass beds called Flora Bank, near Lelu Island where Petronas-backed Pacific NorthWest LNG plans to build an $11-billion export terminal. Using chemical markers, the authors found juvenile salmon are eating and growing in the estuary for days to weeks, making it more of a nursery than just a migration route. Lisa Johnson reports. (CBC)

Puget Sound recovery continues despite unknowns with Trump presidency
As environmental activist groups react to a Donald Trump presidency, at least one is hopes attention returns to local need. Puget Soundkeeper Alliance leads cleanup work after July 4th fireworks pollute Lake Union. They're also suing BNSF railway over coal contamination – all of which they did before Tuesday's election and will continue long after. "Clean water is a basic human right. We know the people of Washington value clean water and a healthy Puget Sound. We're going to hold the federal government accountable to that," said Executive Director Chris Wilke. With any change in presidential leadership, their work faces the possibility of change too, especially as it relates to the federal Clean Water Act. Alison Morrow reports. (KING)

Now, your tug weather--
WEST ENTRANCE U.S. WATERS STRAIT OF JUAN DE FUCA-  300 AM PST THU NOV 10 2016  

TODAY  E WIND 15 TO 25 KT EARLY THIS MORNING...THEN EASING TO SE  WIND 10 TO 15 KT. WIND WAVES 2 TO 4 FT...SUBSIDING TO 1 OR 2 FT. W  SWELL 7 FT AT 12 SECONDS. AREAS OF FOG IN THE MORNING. A SLIGHT CHANCE OF RAIN IN THE AFTERNOON.
TONIGHT
 E WIND TO 10 KT. WIND WAVES 1 FT OR LESS. W SWELL 11 FT  AT 13 SECONDS. A CHANCE OF RAIN IN THE EVENING...THEN RAIN LIKELY  AFTER MIDNIGHT.

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