Friday, November 22, 2019

11/22 Cape Flattery. Jordan Cove, plastic straw ban, climate health, kelp reproduction, Colstrip closure, Surfrider coastlines

Cape Flattery {L. Lisa Lawrence]
Cape Flattery
Cape Flattery is the northwesternmost point of the contiguous United States. It is in Clallam County, Washington on the Olympic Peninsula, where the Strait of Juan de Fuca joins the Pacific Ocean. It is also part of the Makah Reservation, and is the northern boundary of the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary. Cape Flattery is the oldest permanently named feature in Washington state, being described and named by James Cook on March 22, 1778. In 1834, the first Japanese persons known to have set foot on what is now Washington state arrived in a dismasted, rudderless ship that ran aground near Cape Flattery. The three survivors of the broken ship were held as slaves by the local Makah people. When William H. McNeill learned about them, he took them to British authorities at Fort Vancouver, under orders from John McLoughlin of the Hudson's Bay Company which controlled the site.(Wikipedia)

Protesters Take Over Oregon Gov. Kate Brown's Office Over Jordan Cove Project
UPDATE (Thursday, Nov. 21 at 9:50 p.m. PT) — Opponents of plans to build a liquefied natural gas pipeline and terminal on the Oregon coast occupied Gov. Kate Brown’s Salem office Thursday, demanding that she announce her opposition to the project. Brown spoke to the protesters late Thursday evening and told the group she wants to ensure that federal regulators don’t circumvent state agencies’ permitting powers. She did not come down on either side of the pipeline debate. (OPB)

Details of Vancouver's plastic straw and shopping bag ban released
A City of Vancouver staff report outlining a recommended plastic straw and shopping bag ban has been made public. In the report, city staff recommend banning plastic and compostable plastic straws by April 2020. There's a recommendation of a one-year exemption for straws served with bubble tea to allow businesses time to find alternatives. The report also recommends that accessible, bendable plastic straws wrapped in paper be provided only if someone asks for one. The report breaks disposable, single-use items into four categories: cups, utensils, straws and shopping bags. (CBC)

King County releases blueprint to address climate change and public health
Seattle and King County Public Health have developed a blueprint to address climate change and health...The blueprint is 31 pages in length, and covers public health action and developing leadership. It includes building climate and community resilience, climate change in the Puget Sound region and specific impacts on people’s health. In the blueprint, it said higher concentrations of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases are causing global temperatures and sea levels to rise, snow and ice to decline and weather to become more varied and extreme. Jennifer Lee reports. (KCPQ)

Climate change may impact kelp’s ability to reproduce
Marine heat waves may be impacting one of the ocean’s major sources of food and shelter for sea life—kelp. A recent study by SFU post-doctoral student Jordan Hollarsmith published in the Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology examined how giant kelp respond to increasingly warm and acidic oceans. Researchers found that in lab settings, high-latitude kelp completely failed to reproduce when stressed by heat. (Simon Fraser News)

Colstrip owner speeds up exit plans 9 years to 2025
A Colstrip Power Plant owner has accelerated its exit plans by nearly a decade and has agreed to compensate the community. Avista Corp. agreed to be financially ready to exit both Units 3 and 4 by 2025. Based in Spokane, Washington, Avista had previously given itself until 2034 to be financially ready for Unit 3’s closure and 2036 for Unit 4. The change in plans is part of a partial settlement agreement between Avista and multiple intervening parties in the utility’s general rate case in Washington State. Avista has a 15% share of each unit. Customer debt associated with Avista’s ownership share plant is about $50 million. The settlement calls for lowering customer depreciation share to $38.5 million, or $6.7 million a year through 2025. Tom Lutey reports. (KPVI)

How Does Your State Manage Its Coast? Surfrider Report Finds Most States Are ‘Not Making the Grade’
Today (11/12), Surfrider released the 2019 State of the Beach Report. Once again, our findings illustrate that 74% of coastal states are doing a mediocre to poor job of managing our nation’s shorelines and preparing for future sea level rise.  As timing would have it, our report was released on the heels of other major climate science reports that predict a dire future if society does not act on climate change very soon. Stefanie Sekich-Quinn writes. (Surfrider Foundation)

Now, your weekend tug weather--

 SE wind to 10 kt. Wind waves 1 ft or less. W swell 11 ft  at 16 seconds. 
 SE wind to 10 kt rising to 10 to 20 kt after midnight.  Wind waves 1 ft or less building to 1 to 3 ft after midnight. W  swell 9 ft at 15 seconds. A chance of rain. 
 SW wind 10 to 20 kt rising to 15 to 25 kt in the  afternoon. Wind waves 1 to 3 ft building to 2 to 4 ft in the  afternoon. W swell 9 ft at 15 seconds. Rain. 
 SW wind 15 to 25 kt becoming W 20 to 30 kt after  midnight. Wind waves 2 to 4 ft building to 3 to 5 ft after  midnight. W swell 11 ft at 15 seconds building to 13 ft at 16  seconds after midnight. 
 NW wind 15 to 25 kt becoming W 5 to 15 kt in the  afternoon. Wind waves 2 to 4 ft subsiding to 1 to 2 ft in the  afternoon. W swell 12 ft at 15 seconds.

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