2020 is a "leap" year (also known as an intercalary year or bissextile year). Tomorrow the 29th is a date that usually occurs every four years and is called the "leap" day which is added to the calendar in leap years as a corrective measure because the Earth does not orbit the sun in precisely 365 days. By inserting an additional day or month into the year, the difference can be corrected. Hey, jump!
Tensions rise ahead of B.C. herring fishery season
Wildlife advocates on Vancouver Island say their calls to close the province's last remaining herring fishery have never been so loud, as commercial fishing boats enter the Strait of Georgia for herring fishery season expected in early March.
Successful blast removes portion of Big Bar landslide obstructing salmon migration
The federal government has announced a successful initial blasting of the Big Bar landslide site.
Vancouver-based Teck withdraws application for Frontier mine in Alberta
Teck Resources Ltd. says it’s withdrawing its application for a massive oilsands mining project just days ahead of an expected government decision, citing the political discourse over climate change. The company says it will take a $1.13 billion writedown on the Frontier project in Alberta.
Scientists Gather In The PNW To Study Risks Of Microplastic Pollution
This week, a group of five-dozen microplastics researchers from major universities, government agencies, tribes, aquariums, environmental groups and even water sanitation districts across the U.S. West is gathering in Bremerton, Washington, to tackle the issue.
U.S. Navy Deploys Acoustic Sensors to Track Whales in Salish Sea
The U.S. Navy is adapting an acoustic sensor system in order to monitor marine mammals in the Nanoose Bay test range in the Strait of Georgia.
Ecology fines BP Cherry Point Refinery for these environmental violations
The Washington State Department of Ecology has fined BP Cherry Point Refinery $8,000 for environmental violations, the agency announced.
BP is pulling out of three trade groups over climate policies
BP is withdrawing from three trade groups over climate policies, a move that comes after the company vowed to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.
Shoreline armoring in Puget Sound gets new scrutiny from the Army Corps of Engineers
Shoreline bulkheads, which can damage beaches and destroy fish habitat, could come under more extensive review and permitting as the result of a revised shoreline policy announced last week by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
For first time in 20 years, feds take deep look at hydroelectric dam removal on Lower Snake River
...Federal agencies are set to release a draft environmental impact statement (EIS) of dam operations on Friday, opening a 45-day public comment period.
Judge voids nearly 1 million acres of oil and gas leases, saying Trump policy undercut public input
A federal judge in Idaho ruled Thursday that a Trump administration policy limiting public input on oil and gas leasing decisions was “arbitrary and capricious,” overturning the 2018 directive and voiding 1 million acres of leases out West that were auctioned off under the new approach.
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