Thursday, November 7, 2019

11/7 Sedge, wastewater study, whale sanctuary, Stan Jones, Hawaii oysters

Large headed sedge [Mary Jo Adams]
Large headed sedge Carex macrocephala
This native species and member of the sedge family is found on sandy beaches and in dune areas.  The plant grows to a height of about 1 foot with the flower spikes being about 2 inches long.  Male and female flowers are on separate plants with the seed producing female plants having larger flowering spikes.   Large headed sedge ranges from northern Oregon to Alaska and is also found in Asia.  It is also commonly called big headed sedge. (Mary Jo Adams/Sound Water Stewards)

Salmon on Prozac? A new study will look at what King County's wastewater chemicals do to fish and orcas
The King County Council committed nearly $400,000 to better understand how discharges from its three largest plants affect juvenile salmon and the southern resident orcas that feed on them. Hannah Weinberger reports. (Crosscut)

Feds Propose Pacific Northwest Habitat Protections For Orcas And Humpback Whales
Federal wildlife regulators are proposing to designate large swaths of the Pacific Ocean off Oregon, Washington and California as critical habitat for endangered humpback whales and orcas. One of the habitat designations is specifically for Southern Resident Killer Whales, which spend about half the year in the Salish Sea north of Seattle. Jes Burns reports. (OPB)

Longtime Tulalip Tribes leader Stan Jones dies at 93
He helped turn the tribes into an economic powerhouse while restoring culture and treaty rights. Eric Stevick reports. (Everett Herald)

Oysters Unleashed: A New Hack To Help Clean Hawaii's Filthy Waters
For decades, oysters have helped filter polluted waterways elsewhere. Now, researchers are testing how well those efforts would do in Hawaii. Marcel Honore reports. (Honolulu Civil Beat)

Now, your tug weather--

West Entrance U.S. Waters Strait Of Juan De Fuca-  250 AM PST Thu Nov 7 2019   
 SE wind 10 to 20 kt becoming E 5 to 15 kt in the  afternoon. Wind waves 1 to 3 ft. W swell 4 ft at 12 seconds. 
 SE wind 5 to 15 kt. Wind waves 2 ft or less. W swell  4 ft at 11 seconds.

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