Friday, May 5, 2023

Salish Sea News Week in Review May 5 2023


Aloha Oyster Friday!
Oyster is the common name for a number of different families of salt-water bivalve molluscs that live in marine or brackish habitats. In some species, the valves are highly calcified, and many are somewhat irregular in shape. Many, but not all oysters are in the superfamily Ostreoidea. Wikipedia

Seattle City Light commits to fish passage over Skagit River dams
As part of the process to relicense the three Skagit River dams, Seattle City Light Friday committed to providing fish passage at each dam... Seattle City Light will file its final license application — a 15,000-page document — with FERC on Sunday.

A mystery in the Pacific is complicating climate projections
The El Niño-Southern Oscillation, which has a huge influence on global weather patterns, isn’t behaving as computer models predicted. That’s puzzling scientists.

Quarry plan near Lake Cowichan raises alarms
A local First Nation’s plan for an ­aggregate quarry near Lake Cowichan is raising concerns among nearby ­residents about the prospect of their quiet rural environment being disturbed by noise, dust and sounds of heavy equipment for more than two decades.

A New Hydropower Boom Uses Pumped Storage, Not Giant Dams
New research released Tuesday by Global Energy Monitor reveals a transformation underway in hydroelectric projects — using the same gravitational qualities of water, but typically without building large, traditional dams like the Hoover in the American West or Three Gorges in China. Instead, a technology called pumped storage is rapidly expanding.

30 federal politicians each disclosed over $10,000 in oil and gas investments
Ministers and members of the natural resources committee reported investments in industry giants like Enbridge, Suncor and TC Energy.

To protect orcas, federal judge orders closure of iconic Southeast Alaska troll fishery
A federal judge issued an order Tuesday voiding an environmental review that helped authorize the small-scale fishery, a $30 million industry that employs hundreds.

Federal, Tribal, and State Leaders Launch Puget Sound Federal Leadership Task Force7
[On May 4] the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration, and western Washington Tribes kicked-off the first meeting of the Puget Sound Federal Leadership Task Force, mandated by Congress in 2022 to coordinate the federal government’s efforts to restore Puget Sound and address Tribal treaty rights.

First first time in 10 years, tribe to have limited fishery on Elwha
The Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe will conduct a limited fish harvest on the lower Elwha River this October, the first time the river has been open to any fishing in more than a decade when dam removal on the river began.

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