Friday, July 19, 2019

Salish Sea News Week in Review July 19 2019

Salish Sea News Week in Review
July 19 2019

Aloha Moonwalk Friday!
July 20, 2019 marks a half-century since Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed on the moon.


Scorecard Spurs WA Cities to Control Stormwater Pollution
After years of work, cities in Washington are doing more to protect Puget Sound from its biggest source of pollution: stormwater runoff.

'This is unprecedented': Alert, Nunavut, is warmer than Victoria
Weather watchers are focused on the world's most northerly community, which is in the middle of a record-breaking heat wave.

World experienced hottest June on record in 2019, says US agency
The world experienced its hottest June on record last month, with an average temperature worldwide of 61.6F (16.4C), according to new data.

High speed rail from Vancouver to Seattle, Portland 'worth the investment,' study says
A new study looking into high speed rail between cities in British Columbia and Washington state says it's financially viable.

Operating costs rise by millions for new sewage treatment plant: staff report
Costs to operate and maintain the Capital Regional District’s new sewage treatment project will be millions of dollars a year more than originally forecast,

U.S. company fined nearly $3M for 2016 fuel spill in B.C. First Nation's fishing territory
A Texas-based company has been fined over $2.9 million in penalties after pleading guilty to a diesel spill from a tugboat that ran aground and sank in a First Nation's fishing territory on B.C.'s Central Coast.


Salish Sea Orcas are going elsewhere for fish  It looks like endangered Orcas that reside around Puget Sound… may be residing somewhere else.


'We're losing time': Tl'azt'en First Nation very concerned about rock slide blocking salmon run
A rock slide blocking a narrow part of Fraser River just west of Clinton, about 100 kilometres northwest of Kamloops, has members of the Tl'azt'en First Nation very concerned that salmon that are already endangered won't be able to migrate to Northern B.C. this summer.


E.P.A. Won’t Ban Chlorpyrifos, Pesticide Tied to Children’s Health Problems
The Trump administration took a major step to weaken the regulation of toxic chemicals on Thursday when the Environmental Protection Agency announced that it would not ban a widely used pesticide that its own experts have linked to serious health problems in children.


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Friday, July 12, 2019

Salish Sea News Week in Review July 12 2019

Salish Sea News Week in Review
July 12 2019

PHOTO: Andrew Sutton
Aloha Blue Whale Friday!
The blue whale is a marine mammal belonging to the baleen whale parvorder, Mysticeti. At up to 29.9 metres in length and with a maximum recorded weight of 173 tonnes, it is the largest animal known to have ever existed. (Wikipedia) See: 'In the presence of greatness': Rare sighting of blue whale off B.C. coast 
 

It's a girl: Researchers get closer look at J pod orca baby
A new baby orca born to J pod is a female, researchers have confirmed. The baby whale, probably born May 24, 2019, is designated J56 and her mother is J31, a 24-year-old.


Best way to fight climate change? Plant a trillion trees
The most effective way to fight global warming is to plant lots of trees, a study says. A trillion of them, maybe more. And there’s enough room, Swiss scientists say.

Army divers begin Puget Sound clean up to benefit fish and wildlife
A new collaboration between the state Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Army's 569th Engineer Dive Detachment will help improve wildlife habitat in Puget Sound waters by removing derelict fishing nets beginning Monday.

First Nations launch new court challenge to Trans Mountain pipeline
Six First Nations that have filed another legal challenge against the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion say Canada's ownership of the corporation behind the project created a bias that prevented full consultations as ordered by the Federal Court of Appeal.

Washington state sues Navy over expansion of Growler jet training on Whidbey Island 
The Navy’s expansion of loud, low-flying Growler jet training flights on Whidbey Island drew a lawsuit on Tuesday from Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson, who alleges the Navy did not do enough to examine the flights’ impacts on people and wildlife.

Limited Availability of Tugs for Emergencies on Canada's Pacific Coast
A research report on the Availability of Tugs of Opportunity in Canada’s Pacific Region published by Clear Seas Centre for Responsible Marine Shipping indicates that Canada’s West Coast faces gaps in the availability of commercial tugs to serve as emergency towing vessels for ships in distress.

What Alaska's Pebble Mine fight means for Seattle Bristol Bay is a cornerstone of Washington's seafood industry. But many say a mine 20 years in the making could threaten all of it.
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Friday, June 28, 2019

Salish Sea News Week in Review June 28 2019

Salish Sea News Week in Review
June 28 2019


Aloha Stonewall Riots Friday!

The Stonewall riots were a series of spontaneous, violent demonstrations by members of the gay community against a police raid that began in the early morning hours of June 28, 1969, at the Stonewall Inn in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City. They are widely considered to constitute the most important event leading to the gay liberation movement and the modern fight for LGBT rights in the United States. (Wikipedia)



Vancouver Aquarium agrees to cetacean ban in new 35-year lease agreement
The Vancouver Aquarium has agreed to a cetacean ban as part of a new 35-year lease agreement with the Vancouver Park Board. It's also dropping its legal action against the park board over lost revenue because of the ban.

Washington's Port Of Vancouver Says No To New Fossil Fuel Projects
Port of Vancouver commissioners passed a significant energy policy shift that shuts the door on any future bulk fossil fuel terminals. By a vote of 2 to 1, commissioners laid out a new statement: “the port chooses not to pursue new bulk fossil fuel terminals on port-owned industrial property.” 


Trash barge from Philippines to arrive in Vancouver on Saturday
Containers of Canadian trash that have festered in the Philippines for years are set to be returned to Canada by ship on the long weekend the country marks its 152nd birthday.



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Friday, June 21, 2019

Salish Sea News Week in Review June 21 2019

Salish Sea News Week in Review
June 21 2019

Aloha Summer Solstice Friday!
The summer solstice, also known as midsummer, occurs when one of the Earth's poles has its maximum tilt toward the Sun. It happens twice yearly, once in each hemisphere. For that hemisphere, the summer solstice is when the Sun reaches its highest position in the sky and is the day with the longest period of daylight. (Wikipedia)

Trudeau cabinet approves Trans Mountain expansion project
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his cabinet have again approved the Trans Mountain expansion project, a crucial next step for the much-delayed pipeline project designed to carry nearly a million barrels of oil from Alberta's oilpatch to the B.C. coast each day.


House of Commons declares a climate emergency ahead of pipeline decision   The House of Commons has passed a non-binding motion to declare a national climate emergency in Canada, kicking off a week that will test the Liberals' promise to balance environmental protection with economic development.

Bill to ban oil tankers in northern B.C. waters passes in Senate
A bill restricting oil tankers in British Columbia's northern waters has narrowly passed the Senate.Bill C-48 bans tankers carrying more than 12,500 metric tonnes of oil from docking along B.C.'s north coast, an area that stretches from the northern tip of Vancouver Island to the Alaska border.It passed in a close 49-to-46 vote Thursday evening.

E.P.A. Finalizes Its Plan to Replace Obama-Era Climate Rules
The Trump administration on Wednesday replaced former President Barack Obama’s effort to reduce planet-warming pollution from coal plants with a new rule that would allow plants to stay open longer and slow progress on cutting carbon emissions.

Remembering Lolita, an orca taken nearly 49 years ago and still in captivity at the Miami Seaquarium
Of all the southern residents taken during a series of captures beginning in the 1960s and ending in 1976, in which more than a third of the orcas that frequent Puget Sound were taken, all are dead today but one: Lolita, still performing in captivity at the Miami Seaquarium.

Judge gives Point Wells high-rise project another chance
A massive condo development proposed on Puget Sound has another shot at life. A judge has given a developer six more months to seek approval for approximately 3,000 condos at Point Wells, after Snohomish County denied the project last year.

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Friday, June 14, 2019

Salish Sea News Week in Review June 14 2019

Salish Sea News Week in Review
June 14 2019

Aloha Orca Action Month Friday!
Orca Month in June is a chance to celebrate one of our region’s most iconic wildlife species, but also an opportunity to reflect on the plight of these fragile creatures. Working together from all corners of the Salish Sea, we can restore the habitat orcas – and humans – call home. Join us for a month of educational and celebratory events to raise awareness of the threats facing our Southern Resident orca population and what we can do to protect them. Participate at events in Washington, Oregon and British Columbia.


A more humane country': Canada to ban keeping whales, dolphins in captivity
Animal welfare advocates are celebrating after the House of Commons voted Monday to ban keeping whales, dolphins and porpoises in captivity — in a move with long-term consequences for Canadian marine parks.

B.C. drought fears surge as rivers dry up across the province
Extreme hot dry weather has left streams and rivers across the province running low and that's creating drought conditions more commonly seen in late July.

Official: Canada to announce ban on single-use plastics
The Canadian government plans to announce it is moving to ban single-use plastics as early as 2021, a senior government official said late Sunday,

Port Of Kalama: Methanol Refinery Can’t Export For Fuel
Port of Kalama commissioners unanimously passed a lease amendment with a controversial methanol facility Wednesday night that prohibits the company from exporting its product for fuel.

In Washington state, stronger regulation has led to fewer pipeline problems
Incidents involving fuel and gas lines have continued to kill and maim unsuspecting people in the 20 years since 237,000 gallons of gasoline seeped from a large underground pipeline in Whatcom Falls Park, sparking a deadly fireball that rocked Bellingham.


Bullitt Foundation, a heavy hitter in the NW's environmental movement, will wind down its giving
The Bullitt Foundation, an agenda-setting funder of the Northwest environmental movement, plans to wind down a quarter-century of grant-giving that has pumped more than $200 million into efforts ranging from restoration projects on the Green River to climate activism, as it pushed the region toward a greener future.


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Friday, June 7, 2019

Salish Sea News Week in Review June 7 2019

Salish Sea News Week in Review
June 7 2019



Aloha Doughnut Friday!
National Doughnut Day, also known as National Donut Day, is an annual event that was started by the Chicago branch of the Salvation Army, first being held in 1938. It was created to honor the "Lassies," "Doughnut Girls," or "Doughnut Dollies" who had served doughnuts to servicemen in Europe during World War I. The aim of the day was also to be a fundraiser for Chicago's Salvation Army, in order to help the many people who were suffering on account of the Great Depression.


WA's top lawyer took a rare step to affirm tribal sovereignty — here's why that's a big deal
Under the new policy, the attorney general must get written consent from tribes before taking certain actions that affect them. That's something few have put into practice, experts say.

Numerous battles of Peninsula environmentalist remembered
Retired Dr. Eloise Kailin, a Sequim environmentalist whose activism stretched beyond her most recent fight — a successful battle against fluoridation of Port Angeles drinking water — died Saturday of age-related causes at her Sequim-area home, her son, Harvey Kailin, said Wednesday.

DFO to begin testing for harmful virus at B.C. fish farms
Testing for strains of a virus that is harmful to farmed Atlantic salmon in Norway will soon begin at B.C. fish farm operations, the federal fisheries minister announced Tuesday.

New orca calf reported in southern resident J pod
A new calf has been born to J pod. John Forde was out on the water near Tofino, B.C., when he spotted a baby orca alongside its mother, possibly J31.

Human Population Growth Threatens Endangered Whales
Population growth is threatening efforts to save Southern Resident killer whales, whose decline is not being treated with the urgency the crisis demands, officials said in a task force meeting in Washington state Monday.

Marine snail gains state endangered species listing
The marine snails that have been the focus of restoration efforts in Skagit County and surrounding areas for years are officially endangered. The state Department of Fish & Wildlife Commission made the decision Friday to officially list the pinto abalone as a state endangered species.

Scientists investigate spike in grey whale deaths on West Coast
U.S. government biologists have launched a special investigation into the deaths of at least 70 grey whales washed ashore in recent months along the U.S. and Canadian West Coast, from California to British Columbia to Alaska, many of them emaciated, officials said on Friday.

Rick Steves launches annual million-dollar commitment to carbon neutral travel
Edmonds-based travel authority Rick Steves has announced a new Climate Smart Commitment aimed at offsetting the carbon emitted by its tour members.
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Friday, May 31, 2019

Salish Sea News Week in Review May 31 2019

Salish Sea News Week in Review
May 31 2019

Aloha Smile Friday
You've probably heard that it takes more muscles to frown than it does to smile. But, somehow, over the years, most people tend to forget this. Babies smile about 400 times a day, while the average adult only smiles 20 times. Today is a day to fix this and to smile as much as possible. National Smile Day was created by Dr. Tim Stirneman and Jim Wojdyla of Compassionate Dental Care in Lake in the Hills, Illinois, to "share with the world what the power of a healthy smile can do."


Ferry hits whale in Elliott Bay while on Bainbridge Island run
Passengers on the ferry Wenatchee were shaken Tuesday night after the vessel collided with a whale in Elliott Bay. Whale-ferry collision in Seattle’s Elliott Bay a byproduct of humpback revival, and could become more common  Incidents like the collision Tuesday between a Washington state ferry and a juvenile humpback whale are likely to be repeated because whale migrations and ship traffic in the Salish Sea are both increasing, a veteran scientist predicts.

Washington First Nations oppose Canadian shipping terminal plan
Lummi, a Coast Salish nation near Bellingham, is one of four Indigenous communities from the state just south of B.C.'s Lower Mainland sending members to present their case at a federal review panel hearing on the proposed Roberts Bank terminal expansion on Saturday.


Conservation groups sound alarm over another sea lice outbreak in Clayoquot Sound
Conservation groups that monitor Clayoquot Sound are sounding the alarm for the second spring in a row about high levels of a parasite that can harm juvenile wild salmon.

Chinook bust on the Columbia: Spring returns worse than forecast on Northwest's largest river
Fish managers have had to downgrade their forecasts regarding spring chinook returning to the Columbia River twice, from an already gloomy outlook with returns so far at 30% below initial projections, according to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW)



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