Friday, December 20, 2019

Salish Sea News Week in Review December 20 2019

Mural "Lewis & Clark at Three Forks."
Aloha Sacagawea Friday!
Sacagawea was a Lemhi Shoshone woman who, at age 16, met and helped the Lewis and Clark Expedition in achieving their chartered mission objectives by exploring the Louisiana Territory. Sacagawea traveled with the expedition thousands of miles from North Dakota to the Pacific Ocean. Sacagawea died on December 20, 1812 at Kenel, South Dakota. (Wikipedia)

Trans Mountain oil pipeline faces latest legal challenge in Canada court
The Canadian government-owned Trans Mountain oil pipeline expansion faces its latest legal hurdle in a federal court this week as indigenous groups appeal the pipeline's expansion, arguing the government did not adequately consult them before approving it.

Local salmon projects get multi-million boost from grants
The state Salmon Recovery Funding Board announced this week that it is awarding $26 million to projects throughout the state to help bring salmon back from the brink of extinction.

Rate of ocean acidification may accelerate, scientists warn
Ocean acidification, which threatens sea life throughout the world, is affecting Pacific Northwest waters — including the Salish Sea — sooner than most regions around the globe, according to ongoing studies.

For sustenance and tradition, Puget Sound tribes and scientists join forces to breed millions of clams
After recent declines, a new breeding program could help safeguard the cockle's future as a food source for tribes like the Suquamish. Hannah Weinberger reports.

NAS Whidbey jet noise to be monitored
The National Defense Authorization Act that sets the military budget for 2020 includes a section members of Congress and of the regional Sound Defense Alliance say will require real-time monitoring of jet noise at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island.

Puget Sound is an earthquake hot zone, according to new seismic update
Puget Sound has a 75 percent or greater chance of being struck by a damaging earthquake in the next 100 years, according to a new earthquake danger assessment by the U. S. Geological Survey.

Northwest killer whales are shrinking in size -- and so are their prey, chinook salmon, new research shows
Hungry young orcas grow up to be stunted orcas, new research shows, revealing that salmon run downturns can have lifelong effects.

EPA Loses Bid for Remand of Puget Sound Discharge Determination
A lawsuit challenging an EPA determination allowing a no-discharge zone in Puget Sound will move forward after a D.C. federal judge refused to remand or vacate the agency’s decision.

Tribal Coastal Resiliency Act could help communities on the front line of climate change
Rising sea levels caused by global warming hit coastal communities the hardest. In Washington, many of those communities are tribes that settled near the water long before climate change became an issue. A new bill moving through Congress aims to provide them with more relief.

Puyallup Tribe, environmental groups file two appeals against LNG permit
The Puyallup Tribe and a coalition of environmental groups have filed two separate appeals against the permit for a controversial liquefied natural gas plant at the Port of Tacoma.

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