Thursday, July 6, 2017

7/6 Salish Sea Walk, Wu Lebin, ivy, No Discharge Zone, orca swim, ECHO

Salmonberry Rubus spectabilis
Both sprouts and berries were eaten by the northwest coast peoples…. As with other types of plant foods, salmonberry patches could be owned by families or individuals… Throughout the Northwest Coast, the ripening of salmonberries is associated with the song of Swainson's thrush, called 'salmonberry bird' in many languages. (Plants of the Pacific Northwest Coast)

Salish Sea Walkers Will Rally All Weekend Long To Protect Shared Ecosystem With Canada
Imagine walking for three days to make a statement about a cause you care for deeply. That’s what people joining the "Walk to Protect & Restore our Salish Sea" will do this weekend. Salish Sea is the name of the marine ecosystem that connects the U.S. and Canada, and includes Puget Sound. Bellamy Pailthorp reports. (KNKX)

Meet the Chinese businessman behind the $1.8B plan to make methanol in Washington state
Chinese businessman Wu Lebin’s vision of green development includes a $1.8 billion plant in Washington state to make methanol from natural gas. He has run into a buzz saw of opposition from environmentalists trying to steer the region away from greater use of fossil fuels. Hal Bernton reports. (Seattle Times) See also; 'There is no way back': China seeks to move away from coal as leaders embrace the science of climate change  The country’s effort to forge a greener future comes as President Donald Trump makes boosting fossil-fuel production a cornerstone of U.S. energy policy. Hal Bernton reports. (Seattle Times)

Rip the ivy out of your yard right now. Seriously
Ivy is perfectly picturesque when growing in the English countryside or climbing the hallowed walls of Cambridge. But here in the Pacific Northwest, ivy is a bully. A tree-killing, rat-infested, bird-poop-traveling bully. Amy Rolph reports. (KUOW)

Ecology begins rulemaking process to make Puget Sound a No Discharge Zone
The Department of Ecology is proposing a new rule Chapter 173-228 WAC Vessel Sewage No Discharge Zones. This rule will establish a Puget Sound No Discharge Zone, which would prohibit the release of sewage (black water) from vessels, whether treated or not. The Puget Sound No Discharge Zone would cover 2,300 square miles of marine waters of Washington State inward from the line between New Dungeness Lighthouse and the Discovery Island Lighthouse to the Canadian border, and fresh waters of Lake Washington, Lake Union, and connecting waters between and to Puget Sound. (San Juan Islander)

So running with the bulls isn’t your brand of fun; how about swimming with the orcas?
A holiday weekend excursion at Whytecliff Park in West Vancouver, B.C., became a black and white affair, the Vancouver Sun reported, as a couple of swimmers unexpectedly were joined by a pod of orca. David Rasbach reports. (Bellingham Herald)

Port of Vancouver urges ships to go slow in global first to help endangered killer whales
The Port of Vancouver is asking ships this summer to voluntarily slow to 11 knots — up to about a 40-per-cent reduction — when transiting Haro Strait to reduce noise levels for endangered, southern-resident killer whales. Larry Pynn reports. (Vancouver Sun)

Now, your tug weather--
West Entrance U.S. Waters Strait Of Juan De Fuca-  240 AM PDT Thu Jul 6 2017  
 W wind 5 to 15 kt becoming 10 to 20 kt this afternoon.  Wind waves 1 to 3 ft. W swell 3 ft at 9 seconds.
 W wind 10 to 20 kt. Wind waves 1 to 3 ft. W swell 3 ft  at 9 seconds.

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