Wednesday, March 29, 2017

3/29 Go Fish Go, dirty power, Campbell R estuary, coastal marten protection

Survive the Sound: Go Fish Go!
Long Live the Kings has launched an online opportunity allowing you to see the challenges facing Puget Sound steelhead making their way to the Pacific Ocean. "Survive the Sound translates the real experiences of 48 steelhead into a spectacular challenge. Sponsor or gift your favorite steelhead for $25 each, then invite friends to form a school of fish. On May 8th, you will watch your fish embark on a 12-day journey to the Pacific Ocean in a race for their lives! Along the way, you will learn about these amazing fish, the obstacles they face, and what we are doing to recover them…. Sponsor before April 5th and you’ll be entered in a raffle to win a trip to Alderbrook Resort, Hood Canal, and experience the research behind Survive the Sound!" Here's how to enter.

West Coast rejects Trump clean power rollbacks
The West Coast has lined up against President Donald Trump's rollback of the Clean Power Plan and will go its own way on energy, with the region's governors saying they will "assert our own 21st Century leadership and chart a different course."  The divisions of America, not on culture but on climate and energy, were on display Tuesday, as well as the values of the actors. Trump was carrying through his 2016 campaign pledge to revive the coal industry, as he issued an Executive Order to withdraw and rewrite the Clean Power Plan, a key climate initiative of the Obama administration. It required utilities to reduce emissions at power plants. The governors of Washington, Oregon and California -- plus mayors of the Coast's major cities -- said in a letter that action on climate is urgent, and healthy for the economy as well as people that live on the "Left Coast." Joel Connelly reports. (SeattlePI.Com) See also: Planned Rollback of Climate Rules Unlikely to Achieve All Trump’s Goals  Coral Davenport reports. (NY Times)

Geese flocking to Campbell River Estuary posing threat to sensitive ecosystem
A population of non-native Canada geese is wreaking havoc on the Campbell River Estuary, according to the results of a two-year goose monitoring study. Cynthia Bendickson, executive director of Greenways Land Trust which coordinated the goose banding project, said that 200 Canada geese were banded in the estuary and monitored for 18 months to track the birds’ migrating patterns. Results showed that the majority of the birds were non-native geese flocking to the estuary to lose and replace flight feathers, a process known as moulting. Kristen Douglas reports. (Campbell River Mirror)

Court Tells USFWS To Reconsider Protections For Coastal Martens
A federal court ruled Tuesday that wildlife managers must reconsider a decision to deny endangered species protections to the coastal marten. The American pine marten, a member of the marten family, is closely related to the rare coastal marten. The red-orange mink relative was once believed to be extinct — a victim of the fur trade. But small populations have been found in the coastal mountains of Southern Oregon and Northern California.   In 2014, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service decided the marten did not qualify for listing under the Endangered Species Act because the population was not small enough or isolated enough to be at risk of going extinct. But the Center for Biological Diversity and the Environmental Protection Information Center argued in court the coastal marten population is perilously low. Jes Burns reports. (OPB/EarthFix)

Now, your tug weather--
WEST ENTRANCE U.S. WATERS STRAIT OF JUAN DE FUCA-  317 AM PDT WED MAR 29 2017  

SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY IN EFFECT THROUGH THIS AFTERNOON
 
TODAY
 E WIND 20 TO 30 KT...BECOMING SE 5 TO 15 KT. WIND WAVES  3 TO 5 FT...SUBSIDING TO 2 FT OR LESS. W SWELL 10 FT AT 15  SECONDS...SUBSIDING TO 8 FT. RAIN IN THE MORNING THEN SHOWERS.
TONIGHT
 W WIND 15 TO 25 KT. WIND WAVES 2 TO 4 FT. W SWELL 9 FT  AT 14 SECONDS. A CHANCE OF SHOWERS.

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