Friday, February 5, 2021

Salish Sea News Week in Review February 5 2021


Aloha Western Monarch Day!

Once, millions of monarchs overwintered along the Pacific coast in California and Baja, Mexico—an estimated 4.5 million in the 1980s. But by the mid-2010s, the population had declined by about 97%, and starting in 2018, monarch butterflies had tough seasons in their migratory and breeding grounds in the western states. (Xerces Society)

Climate change disasters in B.C. likely to increase if industrial logging continues unchecked: report
A report commissioned by Sierra Club B.C. says keeping healthy, mature forests safe from industrial logging will help protect the province from catastrophic flooding, wildfires, droughts and heat waves caused by climate change.

Hearing examiner denies Point Wells high-rise condo proposal
A plan to build a high-rise condo development at Point Wells has once again been rejected by the Snohomish County hearing examiner, who ruled on Friday that the decade-old proposal still fails to meet legal requirements.

Settlement agreement tackles water pollution caused by farming practices
As part of a legal settlement, state officials have agreed to develop “best management practices” for agricultural operations, while encouraging Washington farmers to take actions to improve water quality in streams and bays.

Seattle City Council passes measure to end most natural gas use in commercial buildings and some apartments
The Seattle City Council on Monday unanimously approved changes to energy codes that will further clamp down on natural gas use in new commercial and apartment buildings taller than three stories.

B.C. allows logging in nine ‘protected’ old-growth areas
The BC NDP has consistently stated it placed protections on 353,000 hectares of old-growth forest, yet a recently unearthed document shows logging will continue in 100,000 hectares of these ostensibly protected areas.

B.C. salmon restoration projects get $4-million boost
Four B.C. salmon projects will share $4 million in funding to reach their goals of habitat restoration.

King County ordered to fix power supply problems at sewage plant
There’s new pressure to fix problems at the West Point Treatment Plant after millions of gallons of partially treated sewage spilled into Puget Sound.

Ban on cruise ships until 2022 deals another blow to businesses relying on tourism
On Thursday, federal officials announced that the current ban on cruise ships arriving in Canada will be extended until February 2022, meaning another season will be completely wiped out.

337 illegal crab traps pulled from Boundary Bay in 5 day operation
A record 337 illegal commercial crab traps have been seized in Boundary Bay in a five day joint venture between the Department of Fisheries and Oceans and Canadian Coast Guard, potentially saving thousands of crabs from being sold on the black market.

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