Net Pen Application & Public Hearing scheduled for Clallam County

So here we go folks. Your waters, your voice. We have spent hundreds of millions of dollars trying to save and restore wild salmon, now we are expected to trade off the known downsides of net pens for our wild salmon. Net pens are disease vectors, they pollute the waters with feces of millions of fish, and the anti-biotics and other drugs that are needed to protect the herded fish from disease. They are a breeding ground for sea lice which then attach themselves to migrating fish from the entire Sound that will passing by the pens. This is an incredibly bad idea that will only profit a small shareholder class and the tiny number of workers employed by them. Is this really what we want? This is your chance to speak out. It’s not happening, “somewhere else.”  This is here in our waters right offshore.

From Peninsula Daily News Classified

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NOTICE OF APPLICATION AND PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, pursuant to Section 26.10.410 & 430 CCC, that the Clallam County Department of Community Development has scheduled a public hearing before the Clallam County Hearings Examiner for September 7, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. in Room 160 of the Clallam County Courthouse, 223 East Fourth Street, Port Angeles, WA 98362. The purpose of the hearing is to review public testimony regarding the Shoreline Substantial Permit for the Cooke Aquaculture Pacific LLC (CAP) proposal to move their existing Atlantic salmon net pen operation from within Port Angeles Harbor (Ediz Hook) to an open water area in the Strait of Juan de Fuca that is located over 1.5 miles offshore and 3.8 miles east of terminus of Ediz Hook: Proposal: (SHR 2016-00002) The proposal would be comprised of fourteen (14) floating high density polyethylene (HDPE) plastic pipe circular net pens, which are designed for open water conditions. Each net pen will be 126 feet in diameter, 45 feet deep, and in approximately 100 foot deep water. The proposal also includes a 40 foot wide by 100 foot long feed barge. The height of the feed barge will be approximately 19 feet above the water level when empty and 14 feet when is fully loaded with about 350 tons of fish feed. The pens would be comprised of two rows of 7 pens each with a feed barge at the eastern end of the array. Each of the net pens and the feed barge would be located 72 feet apart from each other, and would be held in place by up to sixty 4,000 to 8,000 mooring anchor, anchor lines, chains, and hardware. This proposal would encompass 9.7 acres of water surface area and require a 52 acre Aquatic lease from the WA State Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Location of the Proposal: The CAP new aquaculture net pen facility is proposed to be located approximately 3.8 miles east of Ediz Hook, 1.8 miles north of Morse Creek, and approximately 1.5 miles north of Green Point, within Section 10, Township 30 North, Range 5 West, W.M. Information & Studies Submitted: A Joint Aquatic Resource Application (JARPA) with attachments, SEPA Environmental Checklist with attachments, Biological Evaluation, Current and Wave Report prepared by RPS Evans-Hamilton, Sediment Report prepared by RPS Evans-Hamilton, Mooring Analysis Report – Grid System prepared by Aqua Knowledge, and Visual Analysis Report (January 2016) were submitted with the application. Permits Required & Studies Submitted: Section 402 National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Waste Discharge Permit and Coastal Zone Management Compliance Determination through the Washington Department of Ecology; Fin Fish Aquaculture Permit, Fin Fish Transport Permit, and Aquatic Farm Registration through Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife; Aquatic Use Authorization through DNR; Private Aids to Navigation with the United States Coast Guard; and Section 10 Permit Authorization with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which will include ESA Section 7 Consultation with National Marine Fisheries Services and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA): Clallam County is lead agency and a SEPA environmental checklist (ECL 2016-03) has been submitted for the proposal. After review of the completed environmental checklist, the SEPA Memo dated July 5, 2017, and other information on file with the agency, the Clallam County Responsible Official has determined that a Mitigated Determination of Non-Significance (MDNS) should be issued for this proposal. The MDNS for this proposal was issued July 6, 2017, and the comment period for this threshold determination ends on July 24, 2017. Unless the Responsible Official withdraws the threshold determination pursuant to WAC 197-11-340(3)(a), the threshold determination shall be final at the end of the comment period. The Hearing Examiner will consider the adequacy of the Threshold Determination at the open record public hearing. Public hearing and comment deadlines: Any interested person may submit written or oral comments on the proposal and the threshold determination of a MDNS prior to the close of the open record hearing. The staff report will be available seven days before the hearing. Any person may also submit a written request to DCD to receive a notice of the decision once it is made. The application and above referenced material is available at DCD On-Line Permit System web site or at our offices at 223 E. 4th St., Suite 5, Port Angeles, WA 98362, Monday through Friday, between 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Please contact Greg Ballard, Project Planner at (360) 565-2616, or by email at gballard@co.clallam.wa.us if you have any questions. Pub: July 9, 16, 2017 Legal No.766276

 

 

 

Wash. Budget Has Pros And Cons For Environmental Policies – KNKX

A brief overview of the good news on the State budget front.

Washingtonians are parsing the state budget passed last weekby a divided legislature. It adds $1.8 billion for basic education over the next two years.  A big chunk of that comes from the closure of a so-called “extractive fuel” loophole, which is one of several new policies that many environmentally progressive groups like.

Eric de Place, an energy and climate policy analyst at the Seattle-based Sightline Institute, says from his perspective, the new state budget is mostly good news.

“I think on net, the budget was a win for the environment and a win for the climate,” de Place said.

http://knkx.org/post/wash-budget-has-pros-and-cons-environmental-policies

Peninsula people walk from Seattle to Tacoma for Protecting the Salish Sea

Four residents of the Olympic Peninsula, two from Port Townsend and two from Port Angeles, will walk from Seattle to Tacoma this weekend as part of the Walk to Protect & Restore Our Salish Sea, July 7-9

The walk is described on the Olympic Climate Action website
“To protect what we love and cherish as sacred, to stand together like the trees and lift each other up and the “each other” includes our grandchildren’s grandchildren, the orca and salmon people, the tree and bird people and all the other animal people of our Salish Sea. To stand in solidarity with Salish Sea tribes to ensure their treaty rights are honored and respected and for other nations to have their unceded territories and natural laws honored and respected.”
 
Specific targets of the walk are opposition to fossil fuel expansion in the Salish Sea and support of the Southern Resident Orcas, including the return of Tokitae (a.k.a. Lolita) to her native waters

The walk will end with a rally at the site of the proposed Puget Sound Energy liquid natural gas plant in Tacoma.

 
March organizers mention some of the proposed fossil fuel expansion projects and the risks they pose to neighboring communities:
 
We walk to be free of Kinder Morgan’s plan to bring nearly 1 million barrels of oil per day to our shores [which would increase shipping in the Salish Sea by an astounding 700%].
— To stand in solidarity and to ensure that the Puyallup Nation and Tacoma residents do not have the threat of an 8 million gallon Liquefied (un)-Natural (fracked) Gas (LNG) facility with a 3.5 mile incineration zone located a half mile from their homes.
— To make sure that Saanich Nation and Malahat Nation do not have to live within the incineration zone of a Liquefied (un)-Natural (fracked) Gas (LNG) facility.
— To stand in Solidarity with No LNG pipelne on Lummi Nations land.
So that our Salish Sea can be a place for all life to thrive once again and be free from the threats of Climate Change.”
 
Peninsula residents doing the entire walk are Cherri Mann and Debra Ellers of Port Townsend, and Ingrid Carmean and Ed Chadd of Port Angeles.  Others from the Olympic Peninsula will be participating in parts of the walk.  Mann, Blair, and Chadd are part of the North Olympic Orca Pod, a local group dedicated to representing the Southern Resident Orca population through costume appearances and public education.  Members represent individual orcas to educate people about the endangered Southern Resident Orcas and their home waters of the Salish Sea.

Ed Chadd, on behalf of Olympic Climate Action

Citizens addressing the threat of climate change on the Olympic Peninsula
Clallam County, Washington State, U.S.A.

Trump’s EPA wants to focus on Superfund cleanups, including Seattle’s Duwamish. LA Times

…. Experts say that Superfund sites across the country — including Portland Harbor in Oregon, naval bases in Virginia and landfills in the Midwest — are at risk from the increasingly extreme weather and rising sea levels associated with climate change, and that longstanding methods for cleaning them may need to be rethought. Under President Barack Obama, the Environmental Protection Agency began doing just that, proposing technical guidelines in 2015 to make Superfund cleanups more resilient to climate change. Yet, how the Trump administration will address the dual threat of past and future is unclear. Scott Pruitt, the head of the EPA, has said cleaning up Superfund sites is at the top of his “back to basics” approach for the agency. He has promised to streamline the Superfund process, including getting directly involved with large projects. William Yardley reports. (LA Times)

http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/trumps-epa-wants-to-focus-on-superfund-cleanups-including-seattles-duwamish-will-plans-take-climate-change-into-account/

At Elwha River, forests, fish and flowers where there were dams and lakes – Seattle Times

With easy road access to trails open for the first time in years, and the river valley in full summer splendor, the Elwha beckons as never before. Where once there was a dam, today tourists are enjoying the newest interpretive attraction at Olympic National Park, about the world’s biggest-ever dam-removal experiment. Lynda Mapes reports. (Seattle Times)

http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/environment/at-elwha-river-forests-fish-and-flowers-where-there-were-dams-and-lakes/

Join the campaign. Stop Net Pens in Puget Sound. Now.

You can’t be for supporting the restoration of our lost heritage of wild salmon and be pro net pen. It just doesn’t work that way.  There is a campaign just started to stop net pens now. Sign the petition to get the Governor to ban them forever in the Sound. Here’s how. Here’s the link. Follow it. Educate yourself if needed. Don’t buy the lies and bullying tactics of the industry spokesmen who sit on our local boards and collect their paychecks while trying to buy us off with a few clams, like their forefathers did with the Tribes over the centuries. Just sign it. Show them we still own the Sound, not them. And we are bringing back wild salmon, with them or without them.

https://www.oursound-oursalmon.org/

Comment on Comments

Every so often I get a bunch of comments flood in on an article that are obviously from people not supportive of environmental protection.  Sometimes these comments are really over the top. All comments have to be cleared before they are put on the site. This is to keep this civil. Just to clarify my policy on what I allow and what I don’t.

Comments that are just simply criticism or legitimate debate are welcome. I never censor a person who is legitimately trying to raise a counterpoint or bring up a different side to the issue. As long as the author is respectful and doesn’t endup name calling or using put downs to make a point.

Any author who thinks that it is their right to be mean, using hateful putdowns and exhibiting abnormal behavior simply will be blocked. This is not a forum for all points of view, for that you can build your own site, but I welcome alternative arguements, and as you know, I am not shy about calling a person out when they present a point of view that is not well researched or seems to be an industry public relations person hiding behind a facade. To be clear, I worked in technical marketing myself and needed to present my company’s point of view in very hostile forums. I always held my opposition in respect, until they crossed their own lines and then I felt it valid to go on the attack.

So please, keep it civil, and you will get heard.

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