Friday, March 15, 2024

Salish Sea News Week in Review March 15 2024

Aloha Ides of March Friday
The Roman calendar, which dates back to 753 BCE, had three fixed points throughout the month: Nones, Ides, and Kalends. Ides took place around the midpoint of each month, occurring on the 13th or 15th. In March it took place on the 15th. The Ides of March is most remembered as being the anniversary of the day that Julius Caesar was assassinated, in 44 BCE. It is believed that a seer had warned Caesar that harm would come to him on the Ides of March. In William Shakespeare's play, Julius Caesar, the seer has ascribed the phrase "Beware the Ides of March." Caesar was stabbed to death at a meeting of the Senate at the Theatre of Pompey.

Removing WA salmon barriers surges to $1M a day, but results are murky
Washington, rushing to meet a court deadline in a tribal fishing rights lawsuit, spends billions on construction, but some of it may be useless for salmon today.

Sea otter's return opened path to restore West Coast salt marsh
The multi-decadal study, carried out in central California, could hold lessons for British Columbia, whose sea otter population was nearly exterminated through decades of poaching.

Flurry of mini earthquakes off Vancouver Island hints at undersea expansion
Swarms of mini earthquakes along tectonic plates five kilometres underwater on the Pacific Ocean floor off the coast of Vancouver Island have caught the attention of ocean scientists because they point to an “impending magmatic rupture” on the Juan de Fuca Ridge, 240 km from Vancouver Island.

Companies to pay for Duwamish salmon, wildlife habitat restoration
Several industrial businesses have agreed to pay for the harm they caused to natural resources in the lower Duwamish River as part of two proposed settlements announced in recent days.

As the Northwest spring arrives, so do anxieties over water for farming, and summer wildfires
Across the Northwest, federal, state and regional officials are in general accord, there isn’t enough snow and with the start of spring just days away, the next couple of weeks will determine just how challenging it could get this summer for agricultural irrigators, fish and wildfires.

A New Surge in Power Use Is Threatening U.S. Climate Goals
Over the past year, electric utilities have nearly doubled their forecasts of how much additional power they’ll need by 2028 as they confront an unexpected explosion in the number of data centers, an abrupt resurgence in manufacturing driven by new federal laws, and millions of electric vehicles being plugged in.

Province seeks input on plan to protect Clayoquot Sound
The province is seeking public input on proposals to establish 77,000 hectares of protected, old-growth forest around Clayoquot Sound — about 70 per cent of which is more than 250 years old.

The world’s largest ‘dark sky sanctuary’ is now in Oregon
A section of southeastern Oregon is now home to the largest “dark sky sanctuary” in the world. The area spans 2.5 million acres of Lake County. It was certified this month by DarkSky International, a U.S.-based nonprofit that aims to reduce light pollution.

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