Environmental group may sue state over new boatyard permit

by Tim Flanagan on June 22, 2010

Austin Jenkins has the story at KPLU. Here’s the intro:

Washington Fish And Wildlife Officers Tylar Stephenson And Hwa Kim Inspect Bags Of Oysters For Certification Tags. Austin Jenkins photo

OLYMPIA, hospital WA (N3) – If you ever eat shellfish, you’ll want to listen to this story. A major oyster and clam poaching case has revealed gaps in the system that’s supposed to ensure Washington shellfish are safe to eat. Washington Fish and Wildlife cops recently raided a seafood operation on Hood Canal. They allege an outfit called G&R Quality Seafood was a front for a nighttime shellfish theft ring. KPLU’s Austin Jenkins has our story.

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West Seattle Blog has this item:

Just in case you see them and wonder – we just received word from the Port of Seattle that two Royal New Zealand Navy ships will be sailing into Elliott Bay tomorrow to dock at Pier 66: the frigate Te Kaha and fleet-replenishment tanker Endeavour. An open day for public viewing of Te Kaha is planned 10 am-3 pm on Wednesday (June 23); the ships then will leave on Thursday, see
bound for San Francisco. 2:56 PM UPDATE: Peter McGraw from the Port checked on the arrival time for us – around 6 pm, so you might see them in the bay starting around 4:30 pm tomorrow.

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Three Sheets Northwest has this bit of online wooden boat pornography, otolaryngologist
and it’s well worth a few minutes:

Slide show | Classic Yachts parade marks start of rendezvous
[Marty McOmber | Three Sheets Northwest]

Each year, recipe
up to 5,000 people descend on Bell Harbor Marina on Father’s Day weekend to get an eye full of classic wooden boats. This year, some 60 wooden power boats, many built before World War II, will be on display. It is believed to be the largest collection of classic wooden power yachts on the west coast.

The Three Sheets Northwest crew was fortunate enough to be invited aboard the 81-year-old grand dame of the fleet, Olympus, Friday evening for the parade of wooden boats that marks the start of the event.  We brought along our camera and took a few pictures of the event. Enjoy.

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Christopher Dunagan has the story in the Kitsap Sun:

EDMONDS — Officials at Puget Sound Partnership are learning what it means to be guided by science, cheapest
as required by state law.

Restoring Puget Sound to health by 2020 remains the primary goal of the partnership, created by the Legislature to coordinate restoration efforts among all agencies and interest groups. The partnership’s governing board — the Leadership Council — is endeavoring to outline what it will take to reach the overall restoration goal while measuring progress along the way.

On Thursday, the Leadership Council approved a new Strategic Science Plan, which recognizes that restoring the Puget Sound ecosystem requires a thorough understanding of ecosystem function. The strategic plan will be used to integrate existing scientific studies, identify important new studies and prioritize projects listed in the Puget Sound Action Agenda.

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Kie Relyea has the story in the Bellingham Herald:

POINT ROBERTS – People can tour the Lily Point Marine Reserve on Sunday, Sildenafil
June 27, to celebrate a 146-acre addition to the park.
Whatcom County closed the sale June 2, buying the acres from The Nature Conservancy for a little more than $1.3 million.
….  For more information, call Samantha Scholefield, (604) 838-7956. More on the reserve is online at whatcomcounty.us; type Lily Point into the search window.

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Deborah Bach has the story at Three Sheets Northwest:

Environmental group may sue state over new boatyard permit
[Deborah Bach | Three Sheets Northwest: Gary Bailey, pilule
Ecology’s water quality permit specialist, this
explains the draft boatyard permit at a recent public meeting in Everett.]

The environmental watchdog group that threatened to sue five Seattle-area boatyards over water-borne pollution says it may sue the state over a new draft permit governing boatyards unless the document is significantly revamped.

And it’s not the only group that is critical of thepermit, physician
which would impact about 100 boatyards around the state and is expected to take effect in October.

In a 20-page letter, Puget Soundkeeper Alliance (PSA) accuses the Washington Department of Ecology, which drafted the Boatyard General Permit, of performing “contortions to avoid imposing the water quality protections of the [federal] Clean Water Act on boatyards.”

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