Rabbit Disease Update – Bellingham Herald

I know that a lot of you  out there raise rabbits. Here’s the latest on the spreading disease affecting them.

Here’s what the state is telling county fairs about this deadly rabbit disease
A deadly rabbit disease that was confirmed on Orcas Island in July has raised some concerns about rabbit exhibits at county fairs. Known as rabbit hemorrhagic disease virus 2, the highly contagious illness causes sudden death in rabbits. It can spread through contact with infected rabbits, their fur or meat, or things that come into contact with them, according to the Washington State Department of Agriculture. It isn’t dangerous to people or other livestock, but people and other animals can spread the disease. Kie Relyea reports. (Bellingham Herald)

Monthly Rain Report from Center Valley

Al Latham always has a good take on the weather. He’s our local weatherman down in Center Valley.
Greetings Earthlings – here’s the  July rainfall report from www.cocorahs.org station WA-JF-1, located 5.1 miles south of beautiful downtown Chimacum.
Rainfall/precipitation/whatever for July was 1.42″ with 0.09″ the average here.  Though the rain came in small amounts it was comforting to get some moisture this time of year.
Not good for those trying to make hay – some unexpected rain with hay down created some losses for the hay makers.  Unusual for July.
The water year (Oct1 – Sept30) so far has accumulated 25.9″ with the average being 32.5″ so we’re still well below the average and with little chance of making up the difference before end of Sept.
   You may wonder what is meant by “average” rainfall.  It takes 30 years of records to come up with an average.   “The reason behind choosing the 30 years is to represent the climatic condition of that place. Here, to note, climate is the average condition of weather over a considerable length of time, that doesn’t have much variation. In climatic studies we generally take this length of time as 30 years (or sometime 35 years).”   Here at Station WA-JF-1 we have records dating back to 1981 so we have enough data to determine an average for this location.
   NOAA Climate Prediction Center’s guesstimate for what we have in store for us weather wise for Aug – Oct is warmer than “normal” with an equal chance of wetter, drier or average rainfall.  Not sure what how they define “normal” when it comes to weather…..
    That’s it for this report.    Al

Peninsula receives more than $1 million for fish barrier removal Clallam and Jefferson counties – (Peninsula Daily News)

Good news for the Peninsula. As usual, environmental restoration creates local jobs just like other infrastructure projects do. And it helps to restore our salmon.

Peninsula receives more than $1 million for fish barrier removal
Clallam and Jefferson counties have received $1.01 million in state funding for fish barrier removal projects, part of a $25 million investment that will provide more than 82 miles of new salmon habitat. The state Department of Fish & Wildlife announced last week new funding for 50 projects in 20 counties, including six projects on the North Olympic Peninsula, to remove fish passage barriers that block migrating fish from swimming upstream to spawning areas… The most common barriers to fish passage are culverts, or large pipes or other structures that carry streams under roads. Culverts can be too high for fish to reach, too small to handle high water flows or too steep for fish to navigate, Fish & Wildlife officials said. Rob Ollikainen reports. (Peninsula Daily News)

EPA’s move to ease state water quality rules welcomed by pulp industry – Daily News

Another attack on our clean water standards by the out of control radical racist  administration in power in Washington. The American people did not vote to rescind our water quality standards by electing this man to the White House. Congress, please step in and do your duty!

In what industry officials are calling good news for local pulp and paper mills, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency signed a proposal Tuesday to roll back “unattainable” water quality standards. Also known as the fish consumption rule, Washington’s clean water rule is intended to protect the health of people and fish and to manage pollution caused by industries and municipalities. The State Department of Ecology adopted the standards in 2016 after a four-year public process. However, the EPA disapproved of 143 standards and imposed stricter rules in their place. But in May, EPA reversed its disapproval of Ecology’s original standards. And on Tuesday the agency announced plans to start a public process to remove its own health and safety criteria from the state’s water rule. Mallory Gruben reports. (Daily News)

EPA’s move to ease state water quality rules welcomed by pulp industry

Video: Young herring migrating in the Strait

Filmmaker John Gussman has captured the remarkable migration of herring in our Strait.

Clallam, Jefferson awarded grants aimed at salmon restoration -PDN

This is good news for salmon restoration efforts.

The North Olympic Peninsula is receiving nearly $7.1 million in grant funding aimed at restoring salmon habitat and populations, state officials have announced.
The funding in Clallam and Jefferson counties is part of $45 million in grants intended to restore chinook salmon, a critical food source for endangered Southern Resident orcas, and other Puget Sound salmon populations. Projects in Clallam County were awarded a total of $6.49 million and Jefferson County projects saw a total of $601,529 in this round of funding. (Peninsula Daily News)

Clallam, Jefferson awarded grants aimed at salmon restoration

Cooke eyes raising steelhead instead of Atlantic salmon in state net pens – PDN

Here they come again….

Cooke Aquaculture, which shut down its Ediz Hook fish farm in May, wants to begin raising steelhead instead of Atlantic salmon in its net pens in Washington state, a company official said Monday. The company also has sites at Bainbridge Island, Hope Island, Clam Bay and Orchard Rocks. “All of our sites would be in the mix,” Cooke spokesman Joel Richardson said, adding that the facility shutdown in Port Angeles remains in litigation in Thurston County Superior Court. Paul Gottlieb reports. (Peninsula Daily News)

Cooke eyes raising steelhead instead of Atlantic salmon in state net pens

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