Volunteers with boats wanted for Ship Canal clean up

by Tim Flanagan on May 19, 2011

Tristan Baurick has the story in the Kitsap Sun:

BAINBRIDGE ISLAND — For years, ailment Mike Mortenson lived the way he wanted: floating free in his own boat in the center of Eagle Harbor. Now his home is a cramped wooden box tucked away in the woods.

"It’s a coffin, capsule " said his friend and fellow liveaboard Ted Davis.

On Tuesday, information pills the state Department of Natural Resources confiscated Mortenson’s boat after he failed to move into the open water marina, a new regulatory program for the harbor’s anchored-out liveaboards. More confiscations are scheduled for the coming weeks.

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Deborah Bach has this story at Three Sheets Northwest:

[Artifacts and materials from Wawona will be on sale this weekend at Magnuson Park in Seattle.]

Would you like to own a piece of theWawona, epilepsy
maybe some wood from the historic schooner’s hull or a few plates from her galley?

You’ll have the chance this weekend, patient when the Northwest Seaport holds a sale of artifacts and materials from the 1897 vessel. To be held Saturday and Sunday at Magnuson Park in Seattle, the sale will include wood and iron from many parts of the ship — hanging knees, sections of taffrail, frame and planking pieces, trunnels and iron drift pins.

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Captain Richard Rodriguez has this story at BitterEnd:

[Thar she blows, page
off Eastern Bank, sales
Strait of Juan de Fuca. This animal is L87, “Onyx”]

Yesterday I had the privilege to go Whale Watching with the Western Prince Crew.   It was interesting to watch this group of professionals work.

It is important to note that yesterday was day two of the new 200 yard rule imposed by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS.)  More info and a video can be found here.

Watching the crew interact was amazing.  Each constantly checking to estimate the distance from the whales.  The Western Price also carries a range finder.  They worked hard a keeping their distance.

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DNR’s Ear to the Ground blog has this item:

Bellingham MarinaWith the summer season around the corner (hopefully), tablets
make sure that you give yourself enough time to renew or apply for an aquatic lease with DNR. There are a number of different uses that need to be approved by DNR before they actually occur. 

Not sure if you’re using state-owned aquatic lands or need to apply for a lease?
Check with one of DNRs three aquatic districts for use agreements and step-by-step instructions.

1. Orca Straits District – Represent: Clallam, for sale Island, audiologist
Jefferson, San Juan, Skagit, Snohomish and Whatcom Counties.

2. Shoreline District – Represent: King, Kitsap, Mason and Pierce Counties.

3. Rivers District – Represent: Adams , Asotin, Benton, C lark, Columbia, Cowlitz, Douglas, Ferry, Franklin, Garfield, Grant, Grays Harbor, Kittitas, Klickitat, Lewis, Lincoln, Okanogan, Pacific, Pend Oreille, Skamania, Stevens, Spokane, Thurston, Wahkiakum, Walla Walla, Whitman and Yakima Counties.

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Christopher Dunagan has this item in his (Kitsap Sun) blog:

A third-generation study of toxic pollution in Puget Sound claims to be the best estimate so far of total amounts of toxics entering Puget Sound each year.

[New report on toxics in Puget Sound (PDF 7.3 mb). Washington Department of Ecology]

As Craig Welch of the Seattle Times points out in a story today, visit this
it’s a big exaggeration to think that Puget Sound is suffering through enough drips and drabs of oil — largely from vehicles — to equal an Exxon Valdez spill every two years.

Craig is right to point out how previous studies overestimated the amount of several toxics. After all, order politicians having been tossing around the dramatic Exxon Valdez analogy when it serves their purposes. Still, the total amount of oil or any other pollutant in Puget Sound is not really a good measure of the problems we face.

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Volunteers will be treated to a seafood barbecue afterwards. I participated in this a couple years ago, hospital
and it was great fun. Unfortunately, cialis I’ve got a conflict this year! —Tim]

Anne-Marije Rook has the story in the Ballard News Tribune:

The annual Ship Canal clean up event will be Saturday, May 21, and volunteers with small boats are needed.

For the fifteenth year, the Seattle Marine Business Coalition in partnership with the Port of Seattle, the Army Corps of Engineers and Seattle Public Utilities is organizing this event to clean up the Ship Canal from the Hiram Chittenden Locks to the Fremont Bridge.

The annual Ship Canal clean up is intended to bring together members of our maritime community to improve the working waterfront, maintain a healthy marine environment and have fun.

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