Todd Woody has this article in the February 27, 2012 issue of Forbes Magazine:
MOTORING ACROSS THE PUGET Sound, Reenst Lesemann spots a yellow, barnacle-encrusted contraption bobbing on the wind-whipped waters off Seattle. Called the SeaRay, it’s the prototype of a device that Lesemann’s startup, ColumbiaPower Technologies, is betting can help transform wave energy from a long-running science experiment into the next renewable energy bonanza. “I have never seen a multibillion-dollar market where the customers are literally waiting on the technology,” says Lesemann, a former venture capitalist.
Deborah Bach has the story at Three Sheets Northwest:
[The Swinomish Channel would have become impassable as early as 2015 without dredging, a study found.]
The Swinomish Channel will get the dredging it needs to avoid becoming impassable, thanks to almost $2.3 million in federal funding allocated for the work.
The channel was expected to silt over by 2015 without dredging, putting hundreds of jobs at risk and making it inaccessible to thousands of boaters who use it annually to get to and from the San Juan and Gulf islands.
But funding for the dredging was included in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ work plan for 2012, which was provided to Congress this week. That was welcome news to Patsy Martin, executive director of the Port of Skagit.
“The Swinomish Channel is a vital inland marine waterway for this region,” she said. “Over 500 jobs depend directly on that waterway as a transportation corridor. It must be maintained.”