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Might turn out to be one of the driest Decembers on record. Climate scientists Cliff Mass asks, then answers: Where is La Nina?
Suit was filed in federal court yesterday asking the government to stop the Federal Emergency Management Agency from allowing development in flood-prone areas until it can be demonstrated that development won’t harm endangered fish or whales. Battle escalates over building in flood plains
Proponents of a coal-export facility at Cherry Point have been granted their second 90-day extension for submitting their project permit and shoreline development permit. The formal environmental assessment of the project can only begin after the permits are submitted. Gateway Pacific Terminal gets extension on permit deadline
Chris Dunagan at the Kitsap Sun reports on how the new draft action agenda for saving Puget Sound by 2020 has been improved to link how millions of dollars worth of restoration projects would actually meet goals for restoring the Sound. Puget Sound Partnership offers a more detailed plan of action
Increase in average body weight has required Washington State Ferries to reduce passenger capacity to comply with U.S. Coast Guard regulations. For example, if a ferry carried 2,000 passengers, it would only carry 1,750. Lifeboats, anyone? Obesity Rise Prompts Wash. Ferry Capacity Change
Redevelopment of Tumwater’s Olympia Brewing property begins with the Lacey Olympia Thurston Tumwater (LOTT) Water Alliance purchasing a parcel to build more treatment plant. It’s the water, apparently. LOTT buys brewery land for future treatment plant
Courtnery Flatt and Bonnnie Stewart at EarthFix unpack how EPA’s rules on coal-fired plant emissions of mercury and toxics affect the TransAlta plant in Centralia and the Boardman plant in Oregon— and the region’s importing of coal-fired electricity. What the EPA’s New Rules On Coal-Plant Toxics Mean for the Northwest
Take a cruise on the last day of the year and help the Port Townsend Marine Science Center. New Year’s cruise to view Protection Island
Now, your tug weather--
WEST ENTRANCE U.S. WATERS STRAIT OF JUAN DE FUCA- 251 AM PST THU DEC 22 2011
SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 AM PST FRIDAY
SE WIND 15 TO 25 KT. WIND WAVES 2 TO 4 FT. W SWELL 5 FT AT 11 SECONDS.
SE WIND 15 TO 25 KT...BECOMING SW AFTER MIDNIGHT...THEN EASING TO 5 TO 15 KT LATE. WIND WAVES 1 TO 4 FT. W SWELL 5 FT AT 11 SECONDS. A CHANCE OF RAIN.
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