Sunshine fuels algae blooms in state waters

by Tim Flanagan on May 26, 2009

Take a look at your tide table and you’ll see some very low tides this month, about it and even more in June. Turns out this is a problem for the Washington State Ferry Division’s Port Townsend-Keystone run. Here’s a link to the schedule of tide/ebb current cancellations. Be sure to check it out if you’re planning to travel on any of these days:

May 2009

Mon 5/25
Tue 5/26
Wed 5/27

June 2009

Thu 6/04
Fri 6/05
Sat 6/06
Sun 6/07
Sat 6/20
Sun 6/21
Mon 6/22
Tue 6/23
Wed 6/24
Thu 6/25

IrwinJ has this post over at the Hood Canal Bridge Blog:

While most people were playing during the holiday weekend, store
Hood Canal Bridge construction crews were working hard. I had move fast all day to keep up. The crews teased me about my new “employee wellness program” as I trooped up and down stairs, out and back the bridge twice to see both roadway span sets and clear down 3/4 of a mile to the center of the bridge. My only break time was “riding” the draw span out as the team pressed the east and west ends together for the first time.

The last hike from the draw span was certainly worth the effort. I stood under the new east truss and looked down the bridge – a bridge without big gaps – stretching from Kitsap to Jefferson County.

The bridge can support worker foot traffic (a few short hops still required), but it is not ready for the public to use by foot or by car. But, accomplishing several milestones this weekend did move the scheduled bridge reopening closer by three days, possibly as early as June 5.

The Puget Sound Business Journal has the story, cialis by

Responding to pressure from Puget Sound ports and ship owners, web
the Washington Board of Pilotage Commissioners has denied a request for a 6 percent rate increase from Puget Sound pilots.

This is the first time in the past five years that a rate increase request has been denied the pilots, anorexia
who guide large vessels into ports throughout Puget Sound.

The Pacific Merchant Shipping Association, which represents ocean carriers, asked for a 6 percent pilot rate decrease this year, said Peggy Larson, administrator of the pilotage commissioners. Last year the association asked for a 10.3 percent decrease.

Even with the rate increase denial, the pilots should make about $368,000 for 2009, according to projections supplied by Larson. The commission, which operates under the state Department of Transportation, is a nine-person board that sets pilot rates and denied the request May 19.

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Three Sheets Northwest has the slimy story. The photo is by Don Russell.

Algae blooms often look like spilled paint. Taken at a Western Washington lake, side effects
this photo is a good example of what a toxic blue-green algae bloom looks like.

The blue skies, sunshine and warm temperatures the region enjoyed over the long weekend aren’t just making lawns and gardens grow—they’re also contributing to algae blooms.

An algae bloom is the visible appearance of millions of tiny plant-like organisms in the water. It can look like spilled oil, paint or sewage.

Blooms are common during sunny weather and some produce toxins that can make people sick, particularly young children and elderly people. Pets can die after drinking water with a toxic algae bloom.

Other types of blooms might not be toxic but can pose environmental concerns. When algae die, they sink and decay, stripping oxygen from the water that aquatic life depends on for survival.

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