Monday, October 7, 2019

10/7 Amanita, climate protest, polluted waters, BC fish farms, Cooke steelhead, Maine gulf warming, Big Pipe mural, Trudeau vote, JP Morgan protest, BC plastic pellets

Fly amanita [Amy Nelson]
Fly amanita Amanita muscaria
This is the mushroom often pictured in European fairy tales. It is called 'fly amanita' because it is thought a decoction make from it kills flies. It is definitely dangerous but fortunately it is quite easy to recognize; the bright red, orange, or yellow cap with its white warts is in itself a conspicuous warning for even the most unwary collector. It also comes in forms with white or brown caps, and the veil may be striking yellow instead of the more typical white. (The New Savory Wild Mushroom)

'It's going to happen': Climate protestors pledge to shut down bridges in Vancouver and Victoria
Climate activists in B.C. say they will shut down bridges in Vancouver and Victoria on Monday. In Vancouver, organizer Maayan Kreitzman said at least "a few hundred people" will walk onto the Burrard Street Bridge at 8:30 a.m. PT to block most vehicle traffic. Emergency vehicles, transit buses, cyclists and pedestrians will be allowed through...In Victoria, organizer Mark Nykanen said dozens of people will gather on the Victoria side of the Johnson Street Bridge at 3:30 p.m. PT to also block traffic in a similar way until 6 p.m. Chad Pawson reports. (CBC)

Does Washington's slow pace of cleaning polluted waterways violate the Clean Water Act?
Two decades ago, a small environmental group reached a lawsuit settlement with the federal Environmental Protection Agency that launched a major new effort to tackle water pollution in Washington state. Under the 1998 agreement, the state Department of Ecology had to develop cleanup plans for nearly 1,600 bodies of water, from the Puget Sound to the Palouse River that winds through the state’s wheat country, with the EPA overseeing work called for by the federal Clean Water Act. The group — Northwest Environmental Advocates — is now back in U.S. District Court, alleging that federal and state officials have moved too slowly, and that they violated federal law by failing to get the plans done by a 2013 deadline. Hal Bernton reports. (Seattle Times) See also: New EPA regulations could allow for more polluted waters, and tribes and state officials are worried  A unilateral reversal of Washington water quality regulations is creating concern around human health and control of state waters. Hannah Weinberger reports. (Crosscut)

B.C. salmon industry withdraws from eco-certification, unable to meet conditions
Canada’s Pacific salmon industry is withdrawing from Marine Stewardship Council certification rather than risk an audit with a high probability of failure. MSC set 22 conditions for certification in 2017, most of them aimed at properly assessing the health of wild salmon stocks on the north and central coast and the effect of hatchery fish on wild salmon. “We were behind on nine of those conditions in last year’s audit and we came to the conclusion that it would be touch and go whether we would pass (this year),” said Christina Burridge, spokesperson for the Canadian Pacific Sustainable Fisheries Society, which holds the MSC certificates. The move will voluntarily suspend eco-certification of B.C. chum, pink and sockeye, including Fraser River sockeye. Randy Shore reports. (Vancouver Sun)

Tribe in partnership with Cooke Aquaculture, eyeing steelhead fish farm in Port Angeles Harbor
The Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe and Cooke Aquaculture Pacific LLC are teaming up to restart a dormant fish farm in Port Angeles Harbor despite Cooke’s lawsuit against the state agency that leases the site. The tribe and Canadian company announced the joint fish-farm venture to rear black cod and sterile all-female rainbow trout-steelhead in a press release issued Thursday...The state Department of Fish and Wildlife issued a mitigated determination of nonsignificance to Cooke on Tuesday and is taking comment through Oct. 22. Information can be found and comments can be submitted at Venture. The permit would allow the company to raise the fish for five years in existing marine net-pens in Puget Sound at Fort Ward, Orchard Rocks, Clam Bay and Hope Island. The permit would be extended to Cooke’s Ediz Hook, Port Angeles facility and Cypress Island net pens if the company receives new leases or the terminated leases are restored. Paul Gottlieb reports. (Peninsula Daily News)

Man found guilty in 2017 pipeline break-in
A 30-year-old Michigan man was found guilty Friday on three charges related to a 2017 break-in at the Kinder Morgan oil pipeline facility west of Burlington. Donald Jose David Zepeda was convicted of second-degree burglary and criminal sabotage — both felonies — and third-degree malicious mischief for the Oct. 24, 2017 incident. Zepeda and another person broke into the facility in an effort to perform what he called in court documents an “emergency shut off” of the pipeline, documents state. Kera Wanielista reports. (Skagit Valley Herald)

The Gulf Of Maine Is Warming, And Its Whales Are Disappearing
Each summer for the last two decades, Jim Parker has readied his small whale watch boat, and made a business out of ferrying tourists out into the cool blue waters of the Gulf of Maine. For years, it was steady work. The basin brimmed with species that whales commonly feed on, making it a natural foraging ground for the aquatic giants. Whales would cluster at certain spots in the gulf, providing a reliable display for enchanted visitors to the coastal community of Milbridge, Maine. But lately, the whales have been harder and harder to find. Waters in the gulf have been warming, sending the whales’ food supply searching for cooler temperatures. The whales have gone with them. Lulu Garcia-Navarro, Peter Breslow, and Avery Ellfeldt report. (NPR)

Activists create mural at Trans Mountain pipeline terminus in Burnaby, B.C.
Dozens of people with Greenpeace Canada painted a mural on Saturday depicting orcas and anti-fossil fuel slogans on the road leading into the Westridge Marine Terminal of the Trans Mountain pipeline in Burnaby. The organization says it wants to use art to draw attention to fighting climate change and push for urgent action from elected officials. The mural — 22 by 15 metres in size — was designed by Ocean Hyland, a member of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation, and Brandon Gabriel, a member of the Kwantlen First Nation. (CBC)

O Canada -- Will voters toss out Prime Minister Justin Trudeau?
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is Canada's man in shirtsleeves, whether it's marching in Vancouver's Pride Parade, or joining the half-million Climate Strike demonstrators in Montreal, or posing for ceaseless selfies from coast to coast to coast. He charmed a country in 2015, reviving the Liberal Party and moving into the PM's residence at 24 Sussex Drive in Ottawa where he grew up as son of a prime minister. Asked why half of his new Cabinet ministers were women, Trudeau shot back: "It's the 21st Century." The charm has faded, and Trudeau is in a neck-and-neck race as Canadians prepare for their national election on October 21. Joel Connelly writes. (SeattlePI.Com)

A Climate Sting: JP Morgan Chase Sited for Crimes Against the Climate
Financial institutions who bankroll fossil fuel expansion are receiving renewed attention after global climate strikes. The nation's largest bank, JP Morgan Chase, was the target of a unique 'climate sting' by activists intent on shutting the bank down. Actions happened in 11 states. Martha Baskin reports. (PRX)

Group calls for plastic pellet regulation after finding widespread pollution 
A B.C. oceans protection group says new research showing widespread plastic pellet pollution throughout southern B.C. waters is proof the province needs to start regulating the product. Surfrider Foundation Canada claims the tiny pellets — known as nurdles — are being spilled at plastic manufacturing sites along the Fraser River and washing into municipal storm drain systems that flow into local waterways. In a combined effort, Surfrider Foundation Canada and the University of Victoria found pellets had found their way to waterfronts in the Lower Mainland, and as far away as north and south Vancouver Island, the Gulf Islands, San Juan Islands and the Sunshine Coast. (CBC)

Now, your tug weather--

West Entrance U.S. Waters Strait Of Juan De Fuca-  200 AM PDT Mon Oct 7 2019   
 SE wind 15 to 25 kt becoming W in the afternoon. Wind  waves 2 to 4 ft. W swell 5 ft at 10 seconds building to 7 ft at 9  seconds in the afternoon. Rain in the morning then a slight chance  of rain in the afternoon. 
 W wind 15 to 25 kt. Wind waves 2 to 4 ft. W swell 6 ft  at 8 seconds. A slight chance of rain after midnight.

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