Monday, January 16, 2017

1/16 MLK Day, orca zone, acid crab, Scott Pruitt, WA lege, Clear Ck, bitumen, Squamish, Pt Gamble forest

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Celebrating MLK Day
"Power without love is reckless and abusive, and love without power is sentimental and anemic. Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice, and justice at its best is power correcting everything that stands against love.” Martin Luther King, Jr. sermon, Dexter Avenue Baptist Church, 1957.

Killer whales could have quiet space off Washington coast
The federal government is considering whether it should set up an area off Washington state’s San Juan Island where endangered killer whales would be protected from motorboats and other disturbances. Most motorized vessels would be banned under a proposed whale-protection zone sought by three conservation groups. (Associated Press)

Study predicts decline in Dungeness crab from ocean acidification 
Dungeness crab are forecast to take a hit from ocean acidification driven by fossil- fuel combustion, according to a study released this past week. Though the populations of the Dungeness crab fluctuate year by year, their overall abundance by 2063 could be about 30 percent lower, according to federal fishery biologist Issac Kaplan, a co-author of the study,  Hal Bernton reports. (Seattle Times)

Scott Pruitt, Trump’s E.P.A. Pick, Backed Industry Donors Over Regulators
A legal fight to clean up tons of chicken manure fouling the waters of Oklahoma’s bucolic northeastern corner — much of it from neighboring Arkansas — was in full swing six years ago when the conservative lawyer Scott Pruitt took office as Oklahoma’s attorney general. His response: Put on the brakes. Rather than push for a federal judge to punish the companies by extracting perhaps tens of millions of dollars in damages, Oklahoma’s new chief law enforcement officer quietly negotiated a deal to simply study the problem further. The move came after he had taken tens of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from executives and lawyers for the poultry industry. Eric Lipton and Coral Davenport report. (NY Times)

Can environment break through Washington Legislature’s school-funding logjam?
Should fighting climate change translate into spending more on education? That’s what Washington Gov. Jay Inslee is advocating. Wrangling over this and related proposals to shore up longstanding education-funding shortages will likely overshadow most environmental issues in the 105-day legislative session that got under way this week.  Adiel Kaplan reports. (Investigate West)

Stormwater projects in Silverdale offer hope for a degraded Clear Creek
Detailed planning and design, followed by thoughtful construction projects, have begun to tame the stormwater menace in Clear Creek, an important salmon stream that runs through Silverdale in Central Kitsap. Chris Dunagan reports. (Watching Our Water Ways)

All over but the bitumen: why B.C. voters aren't done arguing about Trans Mountain's pipeline
'There are just some messes you can’t clean up,' says NDP Leader John Horgan. Yvette Brend reports. (CBC) See also: British Columbia: Skeptics question proposed ‘greenest’ oil refinery  Peter O'Neil reports. (Vancouver Sun)

B.C. First Nation shapes a new approach with LNG project
The Squamish Nation has kept the same law firm on retainer for more than 50 years, helping assert its rights and title in its traditional territories, which span from parts of Vancouver to north of Howe Sound. When a proposal for a liquefied natural gas plant and shipping terminal landed on Chief Ian Campbell’s desk in May, 2013, the option to fight the development in court could have been an easy choice…. In a province divided between those who say “yes” to resource development and those who say “no,” the Squamish said “maybe.” They created their own environmental assessment process to decide for themselves if this project should earn their consent. ustine Hunter reports. (Globe & Mail)

Changes encourage low carbon-polluting development at Cherry Point
New policies that could affect the future of heavy industrial development and environmental health at Cherry Point will go back before the Whatcom County Council, as the county’s Planning Commission finished its recommendations Jan. 12. Samantha Wohlfeil reports. (Bellingham Herald)

Harvesting Under The Stars: A Night In The Life Of A Shellfish Farmer
Almost every night in the winter, there are hundreds of farmers at work along the Washington coast. The lights of their head lamps are just barely visible on the shoreline. They are shellfish farmers out harvesting clams, oysters, and geoducks. They are up at such late hours because of the tide. That’s when it’s lowest during the winter months. Allie Ferguson reports. (KNKX)

BC Centre for Disease Control issues public warning about oyster illness
When Ryan Johnson woke up Friday morning and read the news about an unexplained outbreak of oyster-related illness, he immediately took all B.C. oysters off the shelves at his three Daily Catch seafood shops. More than 70 people in the Lower Mainland and on Vancouver Island have come down with what appears to be norovirus after eating raw or lightly cooked oysters at home or in restaurants since the beginning of December. More cases are expected to appear in the next few weeks, according to the B.C. Centre for Disease Control. Bethany Lindsay reports. (Vancouver Sun)

One Scientist’s Mission To Scan Every Fish On The Planet
In a tiny island laboratory in the Northwesternmost corner of Washington, one marine biologist is on a mission: scan every known fish species in the world. It’s a painstaking and smelly task, but one that promises to fundamentally change the way scientists and educators look at marine anatomy. Adam Summers, a fish expert at the University of Washington, has been 3-D scanning fish for decades, but it was always a complicated and expensive undertaking. Jared Rusk reports. (OPB/EarthFix)

A Not-So-Fine Kettle of Fish
That spicy tuna roll you order at your favorite sushi restaurant may not be tuna at all. And the yellowtail? It could be something else entirely. In fact, according to a new study, as much as half of nine types of fish sold in Los Angeles-area sushi restaurants may be mislabeled, despite tougher laws and increased media scrutiny in recent years. Julie Cohen reports. (UC Santa Barbara Current)

Saving the Port Gamble Forest, a natural jewel, from development: 'It's our heritage and it's our future'
A community effort is under way to protect 3,000 acres of land from development near Port Gamble to preserve access to trails and other recreation uses, wildlife habitat and water quality. Lynda Mapes reports. (Seattle Times)

Winter lecture series to focus on Salish Sea
The annual winter lecture series hosted by the environmental nonprofit Friends of Skagit Beaches will focus this year on the Salish Sea. The series will launch Friday with a lecture from research biologist John Calambokidis about a recent increase in whale sightings in the area. The four lectures that make up the series are free and open to the public. One will be held each month through April at 7 p.m. Fridays at the Northwest Educational Service District 189 building, 1601 R. Ave., Anacortes. Kimberly Cauvel reports. (Skagit Valley Herald)

Now, your tug weather--
WEST ENTRANCE U.S. WATERS STRAIT OF JUAN DE FUCA-  259 AM PST MON JAN 16 2017  

SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 10 AM PST THIS MORNING
 THROUGH TUESDAY AFTERNOON  
TODAY
 SE WIND 10 TO 20 KT...RISING TO 15 TO 25 KT IN THE  AFTERNOON. WIND WAVES 2 TO 4 FT. W SWELL 6 FT AT 14 SECONDS. RAIN  IN THE AFTERNOON.
TONIGHT
 E WIND 15 TO 25 KT...RISING TO 20 TO 30 KT AFTER  MIDNIGHT. WIND WAVES 2 TO 5 FT. W SWELL 7 FT AT 13 SECONDS...  BUILDING TO 10 FT AT 17 SECONDS AFTER MIDNIGHT. RAIN LIKELY IN THE  EVENING...THEN RAIN AFTER MIDNIGHT.

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