Friday, October 13, 2023

Salish Sea News Week in Review October 13 2023


Aloha Paddington Bear Friday!
The popular children’s literature character first appeared in English author Michael Bond's illustrated book, "A Bear Called Paddington" on this day in 1958. Paddington is a polite Peruvian spectacle bear with a special fondness for marmalade. The success of the first book was followed by 20 more books featuring the lovable bear and a successful toy franchise.

Ginormous South Tacoma warehouse project gets green light despite social justice, environmental concerns
A major warehouse project big enough to cover 43 football fields can go forward in South Tacoma, following a decision by Tacoma's hearing examiner. That’s despite concerns by environmentalists and social justice advocates.

‘Poster child’ estuary preserved at Edmonds’ Meadowdale Beach Park
A 5-foot-wide culvert had previously been the only way water from Lund’s Gulch Creek at Meadowdale Beach Park could enter Puget Sound. Now, the opening is 100 feet across. It’ll preserve and protect what’s called a pocket estuary.  

World’s Hottest Summer: Map of Extreme Temperatures in 2023
The planet just experienced its hottest months on record, and by a large margin, scientists said. 

Tribe catches coho salmon on free-flowing Elwha River, a first since dam removals
Two dams blocked nearly 90 miles of river and tributary habitat on the Elwha, or more than 90% of the river, since 1911. But both the Elwha and Glines Canyon dams were gone by August 2014 after a couple of years of demolition in what was the largest dam removal project ever undertaken. And on Monday, the wait for a run of salmon healthy enough to be fished was over.

Inslee pushes for Washington to become offshore wind manufacturing hub
The Biden administration has a goal of generating 30 gigawatts of energy from offshore wind by 2030. Washington government and business leaders want manufacturers of offshore wind turbines to build equipment in the state.

What impacts did wildfires have on the Northwest this summer?
In Washington, a total of 165,365 acres burned. The 10-year annual average for acres burned is 472,881.

B.C.'s last spotted owl faces uncertain future
The federal government will not intervene to prevent logging in spotted owl habitat in southwestern B.C. 

A no-death census year for Puget Sound’s orcas, with observations about a recent shift to more female births
For the first time since Census Year 1993, no deaths were reported this year among the Southern Resident killer whales, which frequent Puget Sound. Two new births were reported among the whales, increasing the population from 73 to 75.

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