Wednesday, May 30, 2018

5/30 Nootka rose, BC pipe, Lolita, BC fracking, Elwha green, brown pelicans, park erosion, Eliza Dawson

Nootka Rose [Sound Water Stewards]
Nootka Rose Rosa nutkana
Branches of all species of wild rose-- along with skunk cabbage leaves, fern fronds pine needles or salad-- were sometimes put in steaming pits, cooking baskets and root-storage pits. Cedar-root cooking baskets used for boiling foods often had rose leaves placed under and over food to flavor it and protect it from burning. In the spring, the tender young shoots era sometimes eaten. The branches or strips of bark were booed to make a tea used as an eyewash for cataracts or to enhance eyesight. The Makah mashed the leaves as a poultice for sore eyes and any type of abscess. The chewed leaves were applied to bee stings, and the ripe hips were steeped, mashed and fed to babies with diarrhea. (Plants of the Pacific Northwest Coast)

Vancouver protesters rally, vow to continue pipeline fight
Indigenous and environmental groups organized a flash rally in Vancouver Tuesday evening in reaction to the announcement the federal government is buying out the Trans Mountain pipeline. Hundreds of First Nations groups, environmentalists and other concerned residents gathered on the grounds of Science World to protest the federal government's plan. (CBC) See also: Ottawa now the top target for Trans Mountain opponents  Gordon Hoekstra and Rob Shaw report.(Vancouver Sun) And also: Trans Mountain pipeline: Did the Crown act 'honourably' toward First Nations?  Jason Proctor reports. (CBC) On Trans Mountain, Trudeau chose the least awful of his political options  Aaron Wherry reports. (CBC)


Inslee calls Canada pipeline 'profoundly damaging,' fears for orcas in surprise deal
An unprecedented deal between the Canadian federal government and Houston-based Kinder Morgan to expand the Trans Mountain Pipeline poses grave risks for the critically endangered southern-resident killer- whale population, and drew a stiff rebuke from Washington’s governor, who called the pipeline “profoundly damaging.” The expansion, planned to bring bitumen oil from Alberta to the West Coast for sale to Asian markets, would increase by seven times the oil-tanker traffic in the transboundary waters between Washington and Canada, prime orca habitat. That would ramp up noise levels underwater that already are interfering with the whales’ foraging time for scarce chinook salmon. The whales have not managed a successful pregnancy in two years, in part because they are starving. The increase in traffic through tricky navigation channels by tankers also puts the J, K and L pods at risk of extinction in the event of an oil spill. The pipeline twins an existing line built in 1953 for more than 600 miles and will nearly triple capacity for the Trans Mountain to 890,000 barrels of bitumen oil per day. Lynda Mapes reports. (Seattle Times)

Horgan still uneasy what's in pipeline, not who owns it
For Premier John Horgan the day began shortly before 6 a.m., with a pre-scheduled call from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announcing Ottawa’s plan to buy the Trans Mountain pipeline, lock, stock and expansion plan. “I reiterated to him that it didn’t really matter who owns the pipe,” the premier told CKNW broadcaster Jon McComb shortly afterward. “It was the product that was travelling through it and the potential negative consequences to our environment and our economy that I was concerned about.” Vaughn Palmer reports. (Vancouver Sun) See also: Canada to buy major pipeline to ensure it gets built  (Canadian Press)

Trans Mountain pipeline 'for sale' on Craigslist
Ahead of news expected Tuesday that the federal government may use taxpayer dollars to buy the Trans Mountain pipeline outright from Kinder Morgan, a Craigslist user has listed the pipeline for sale. “For sale: one pipeline project, in fair condition. Comes with federal approval. (subject to 15 legal challenges, but it’ll be fine). Also comes with a vintage 1950s pipeline,” the post begins. “The vintage pipeline is a handyman’s dream project. It has been in place since the 1950s and has only had around 70 spills – a great fixer upper. “Nestled in a cosy right of way, with mountain, river and ocean views, and through prime agricultural and dense residential real estate in Vancouver’s red-hot housing market! Close to schools, day cares and community centres. (the neighbours can be a little loud, but we find it’s easiest just to ignore them) Patrick Johnston reports. (Vancouver Sun)

Elizabeth May pleads guilty to criminal contempt for pipeline protest
Green Party Leader Elizabeth May has pleaded guilty in B.C. Supreme Court to criminal contempt for her role in a Trans Mountain pipeline protest. It was agreed by the special prosecutor and the politician's lawyer that she should pay a $500 fine. But — despite May's apology through her lawyer for her actions — Justice Kenneth Affleck said $500 was not enough. He ordered her to pay a $1,500 fine. The judge said May had exploited her office for media attention, so a stiffer penalty was warranted. Yvette Brend reports. (CBC)

Lummi prayers, songs in Miami just start of effort to free captive whale
After more than 3,000 miles, Lummi Nation tribal members delivered their songs and prayers for the release of Lolita the southern-resident killer whale at the Miami Seaquarium where she has been kept for 47 years. The Seaquarium would not allow tribal members any closer than the public sidewalk outside the facility where the whale performs twice a day for food. Undeterred, tribal members on Sunday walked in procession to the Seaquarium from a nearby park through a subtropical storm lashing wind and rain. At Seaquarium, they spoke to the whale in their language, and sang to her. As they sang, the sun came out. A member of L Pod, the whale was taken from her family in Penn Cove and sold to the theme park. About a third of the southern-resident population was taken from Puget Sound and sent to theme parks all over the world during the 1960s and 1970s. Lynda Mapes reports. (Seattle Times)

Damaging audit of fossil fuel fracking in northern B.C. surfaces after 4 years
An audit looking into the practices of gas drillers in northern British Columbia has only just come to light since it was conducted more than four years ago. The report, put together by biologist Dan Webster in April 2014, found that oil and gas companies near Fort Nelson were not consistently following provincial rules to protect declining boreal caribou herds in the area. The Oil and Gas Commission suppressed those findings, alleges the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives who recently received a copy of the report. Clare Hennig reports. (CBC)

'Nature can do most of the work for you': Once-flooded Elwha land becomes forest
Josh Chenoweth pushes through trees grown 30 feet overhead and walks into a plush purple pool of blooming lupine, the flowers fragrant and abuzz with insects. It is hard to believe that as recently as 2011 this very spot was underwater, drowned by the reservoir behind the Elwha Dam. Now the site of the largest dam-removal project in the world, the Elwha is also home to a first-of-its-kind revegetation program, led by Chenoweth, for the National Park Service. The mission was to return more than 600 acres of the former lake beds at Lake Aldwell and Lake Mills, impounded by the Elwha and Glines Canyon dams, to native forests. Lynda Mapes reports. (Seattle Times)

Brown Pelicans Struggle To Find Food On Oregon Coast
The Wildlife Center of the North Coast has already cared for several starving young California brown pelicans this spring. Brown pelicans, which migrate north in the spring from nesting colonies off Southern California and Mexico, spent several decades on the federal endangered species list because of exposure to pesticides like DDT and other contaminants. Their delisting in 2009 was a success story, but concerns remain about the birds’ continued survival. Katie Frankowicz reports. (Associated Press and Daily Astorian)

Coastal Erosion Gnaws At One Of Northwest's Most Popular State Parks
Coastal erosion is chewing away at one of the Northwest's most popular recreation areas. It's threatening the main campground and other amenities at Cape Disappointment State Park, which has the second most camper visits in the Washington State Park system....Storm waves swallowed a barrier dune and claimed 10 oceanfront campsites out of more than 200. Trees killed by saltwater now litter Benson Beach. Tom Banse reports. (NW News Network)

Seattle Climate Rower Almost Ready To Start Race Of A Lifetime
Seattle Climate Rower Eliza Dawson is in California now, in the final phases of training for the Great Pacific Race. She is rowing with three other women whom she only met upon arrival in Monterrey. They're hoping to break a world record while raising awareness for climate change and plastic pollution. Eliza Dawson's team is called Ripple Effect. The course is 2,400 miles, "completely human powered by our determination," Dawson writes on her fundraising website, all the way to Hawaii. Bellamy Pailthorp reports. (KNKX)

Now, your tug weather--

West Entrance U.S. Waters Strait Of Juan De Fuca-  227 AM PDT Wed May 30 2018   

TODAY  W wind to 10 kt becoming NW 10 to 20 kt in the  afternoon. Wind waves 1 ft or less building to 1 to 3 ft in the  afternoon. W swell 5 ft at 9 seconds. Patchy drizzle in the  morning. 

TONIGHT  W wind 10 to 20 kt becoming 5 to 15 kt after midnight.  Wind waves 1 to 3 ft. W swell 5 ft at 9 seconds.

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