Friday, February 23, 2024

2/23 Hellebore, BC budget, Tacoma rezone, Everett stormwater, Skagit temperature suit


Lenten rose

Lenten rose Helleborus ×hybridus
Helleborus ×hybridus is a group of evergreen, late-winter or early-spring flowering perennials in the buttercup family (Ranunculaceae) with the common names of hellebore, oriental hellebores, or Lenten rose (the name Christmas rose refers to H. niger).

Today's top story in Salish Current: Wholesale horticultural closing ends local jobs, disrupts nursery supply

What B.C. is — and isn’t — spending on the environment this election year
The 2024 B.C. budget has money for climate rebates and fighting wildfires, but lacks new funding to protect old-growth forests and biodiversity. Sarah Cox reports. (The Narwhal)

Tacoma's rezoning efforts aim to increase density while preserving trees
The City of Tacoma is considering new zoning to increase density and create more mid-range housing options, such as duplexes and small apartment blocks. It’s an effort to expand affordable options in more than half of the city, as Tacoma braces itself for an expected influx of about 127,000 new residents by 2040 – an increase of more than 50% from 2021. Bellamy Pailthorp reports. (KNKX)

To save salmon from pollution, volunteers sample Everett's stormwater
Ahead of Everett treatment plant’s new permit, locals want Ecology to draft stricter requirements for flame retardants like PBDEs. Ta'Leah Van Sistine reports. (Everett Herald)

Swinomish tribe files notice of intent to sue EPA over warming WA streams
The Swinomish Indian Tribal Community filed a notice of intent to sue the Environmental Protection Agency over what it argues is a 20-year failure to act on warm stream temperatures that harm threatened salmon. For decades, Swinomish has advocated for replanting streamsides within the Skagit watershed. The Skagit is the largest Washington watershed draining into the Salish Sea and the last river system in the Lower 48 to bolster all five Pacific salmon species, and steelhead that still return here to spawn. Isabella Breda reports. (Seattle Times)

Salish Sea News Week in Review 2/23/24: No straw day, endangered orcas, Electron dam, grizzly plan, Rayonier cleanup, EPA 'good neighbor' rule, ferruginous hawk, BC oil gas permits, BD Land Act, Boldt 50.

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Here's your weekend tug weather—
West Entrance U.S. Waters Strait Of Juan De Fuca-  235 AM PST Fri Feb 23 2024    
 SE wind to 10 kt. Wind waves 1 ft or less. W swell 4 ft  at 13 seconds.  
 W wind 5 to 15 kt. Wind waves 1 to 2 ft. W swell 3 ft  at 12 seconds.  
 W wind 5 to 15 kt becoming 10 to 20 kt in the afternoon.  Wind waves 1 to 3 ft. W swell 3 ft at 12 seconds.  
 W wind 10 to 20 kt. Wind waves 1 to 3 ft. W swell  2 to 6 ft at 13 seconds building to 3 to 8 ft at 14 seconds after  midnight.  
 SW wind 20 to 30 kt becoming W 25 to 35 kt in the  afternoon. Combined seas 7 to 10 ft with a dominant period of  15 seconds.


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