A baby sheep is called a lamb. A baby goat is called a kid. A ewe can have a single lamb or twins. Triplets sometimes occur. A nanny can have a single kid or twins. Triplets occur fairly often.
‘Filthy Four’ — state targets Tacoma site with 1,200 polluted pilings for cleanup
On Friday, state Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz and other dignitaries gathered at Dickman Mill Park on Ruston Way to announce support for two companion bills making their way through the Legislature that remove abandoned, human-made structures in state aquatic lands and restore habitat... The mill is one of the so-called “Filthy Four” that DNR has put on top of their clean-up to do list. The other three are Ray’s Boathouse pier in Seattle, the Triton-America pier in Anacortes and the High Tides Seafood pier in Neah Bay on the Makah reservation. Craig Sailor reports. (Tacoma News Tribune)
Canada’s Trans Mountain pipeline destroys spotted owl habitat feds have vowed to protect
Even as federal Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault recommends an emergency order to protect the spotted owl from Canadian extinction, the pipeline his government owns is destroying the owl’s habitat. Sarah Cox reports. (The Narwhal)
Oil train derailed to avoid plunging into Puget Sound, tribal leader says
Samish Nation tribal chief Tom Wooten said the incident commanders at the BNSF train derailment and oil spill site on the Swinomish Reservation told him how the train track derailer device had pushed the train off the rails to prevent it from going into the water at the Swinomish Slough. John Ryan reports. (KUOW)
$10 billion Nisga'a-led LNG project gets greenlight to enter environmental review
The Nisga’a-led $10-billion Ksi Lisims LNG project has been given the greenlight to enter the province’s environmental review process. The decision on the export facility in northwest B.C. was announced by the B.C. Environmental Assessment Office last week, just days after the B.C. government gave final approval to the $2.4-billion Haisla Nation’s Cedar LNG project. Gordon Hoekstra reports. (Vancouver Sun)
Canada is sitting on 12 'carbon bombs.' Here's where they are.
Just under the surface of B.C. and Alberta, in a rock formation known as the Montney Play, lies enough potential greenhouse gases to blow past Canada's 2030 emissions targets 30 times over. It's one of 12 fossil fuel reserves researchers in the journal Energy Policy have identified in Canada — called "carbon bombs" — that would each release a billion tonnes or more of carbon into the atmosphere if their resources were extracted and burned. But development in the Montney is set to ramp up in the next few years, and government subsidies for the natural gas industry mean many of these projects have been earmarked to make important contributions to the economy. Dexter McMillan and Tara Carman reports. (CBC)
Women on the Water
Women and non-binary fishers along the northwest coast are working toward a future of safety and resilience at sea. Madeline Sweet reports. (The Planet Magazine)
Bowen Island residents still waiting for answers on proposed $40M park
Eight months after Metro Vancouver announced plans to create a new, $40-million campground and park on Bowen Island, residents say concerns about traffic, overcrowding and gentrification as a result of the proposal remain unaddressed...A petition opposing the proposed park on change.org has generated more than 500 signatures as of Saturday and a Facebook group called Bowen Islanders Concerned About the Park has more than 300 members. Bowen Island has a population of about 4,300 people, according to government statistics. Nathan Griffiths reports. (Vancouver Sun)
New Executive Director to lead Friends of the San Juans
Eva Schulte is the new executive director of Friends of the San Juans. She leaves her position at Executive Director for Whatcom Community College Foundation. She is an Executive Committee Board Director for the Sierra Club Foundation and chairs that Foundation’s national Grants Committee. (News Release)
The next frontier in farming? The ocean
Today, seaweed is suddenly a hot global commodity. It’s attracting new money and new purpose in all kinds of new places because of its potential to help tame some of the hazards of the modern age, not least climate change. Somini Sengupta reports. (New York Times)
Plastic Bags Are Leaving Their Mark on the Deep-Sea Floor
...In 2021, Alan Jamieson, a marine biologist at the University of Western Australia, Deo Florence L. Onda, a microbial oceanographer at the University of the Philippines Marine Science Institute, and their crew descended into the third-deepest trench in the world. The place was swarming with plastic bags... As the scientists watched, the deep-sea current was dragging plastic bags along the seafloor, scraping it with parallel lines like tire tracks. Jamieson and Onda named these tracks müllspuren. It’s a nod to a German word, lebensspuren, which refers to the trails left by seafloor life. Janine Peralta reports. (Hakai Magazine)
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West Entrance U.S. Waters Strait Of Juan De Fuca- 244 AM PDT Mon Mar 20 2023
TODAY SE wind to 10 kt becoming N in the afternoon. Wind waves 1 ft or less. W swell 3 ft at 8 seconds. Rain likely in the morning then a chance of rain in the afternoon.
TONIGHT Light wind becoming SW to 10 kt after midnight. Wind waves 1 ft or less. W swell 3 ft at 8 seconds. A chance of rain.
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