Port Angeles, Combined Sewer Overflow system builder in $1 million dispute – PDN

It seems that Port Angeles can’t do any kind of city project without cost overruns or scandals. It makes one wonder is overseeing their project management and bid process. It’s worth noting that a leading environmental activist over there, Darlene Schanfeld,argued against spending the money on this project in the first place, as it’s being built on a piece of property that is very likely to be inundated in any kind of major earthquake. The taxpayers of PA can only hope that comes later than sooner.

A $1 million dispute centered on building delays and construction costs has bubbled up between city officials and the builder of key components of the city’s new $47 million Combined Sewer Overflow system, the priciest public works project in the city’s history. An auditing firm will review Bellingham-based TEK Construction Inc. records today for the city, Public Works and Utilities Director Craig Fulton told City Council members at their regular meeting Tuesday. Paul Gottlieb reports. (Peninsula Daily News)


Hood Canal awards honor local efforts to improve ecosystem – WOWW

Congratulations to Mike and Thom.

Mike Anderson, chairman of the Skokomish Watershed Action Team, and Thom Johnson, a leading expert in the recovery of Hood Canal summer chum salmon, have been named recipients of this year’s Hood Canal Environmental Awards. Other recipients of the awards, which are sponsored by Hood Canal Coordinating Council, are Shore Friendly Mason and Shore Friendly Kitsap, two programs that actively enlist waterfront property owners in the protection and restoration of their shorelines. Chris Dunagan reports. (Watching Our Water Ways)


Outside Magazine Hilary Clinton and Trump Environmental Scorecards

Worth the read

Outside Magazine Hilary Clinton Environmental Scorecard

Outside Magazane Donald Trump Environmental Scorecards


EVENT: Ludlow Creek Project -Open House, Wednesday, October 26

Ludlow Creek Open House, Wednesday, October 26

5:30-7:30pm – Bay Club,  120 Spinnaker Place, Port Ludlow

Jefferson County Public Health & the Jefferson County Conservation District are hosting a public meeting at the Bay Club to provide residents information about a new water quality project on Ludlow Creek. This projects starts in October 2016 and runs for 12 months. We’ll also be offering information on financial support for septic system repair and/or replacement as well as other public health information and free water quality conservation gifts to people who attend. People can contact Anna Bachmann if they need more information: (360)379-4482 or abachmann@co.jefferson.wa.us


B.C. government’s lack of progress on oil spill response highlighted by tug accident- Globe & Mail

Just to the north of us, they are still struggling with the lack of resources that the Harper Government dedicated to oil spill prevention, along with the removal of Coast Guard stations. Doesn’t bode well for increased tanker traffic from Vancouver, as is planned.  BC Premier Christy Clark has, for years, done virtually nothing to fix the situation, while blaming Ottawa for a lack of funds. All the while BC profits from the shipping of the oil, the dock traffic, and jobs associated with the industry. And she still is blaming this on Ottawa.

In 2012 the B.C. government set out five conditions that must be met before the province supports two proposed pipelines that would greatly increase tanker traffic on the West Coast. No.2 on that list is the establishment of a “world-leading marine oil spill response, prevention and recovery system.” Last week the lack of progress on that point was underlined in dramatic fashion when U.S.-registered tug Nathan E. Stewart ran aground while pushing a huge fuel barge in a narrow passage just north of Bella Bella. Fortunately for the Great Bear Rainforest and the Heiltsuk people who live there, barge DBL 55 was empty. But an incident report filed in 2011 by the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation gives a sense of how bad the accident could have been, had the 91-metre fuel barge been loaded. On Dec. 21 that year, the same tug and barge combination went adrift after an engine failed near Cape Fairweather, in the Gulf of Alaska. Mark Hume reports. (Globe and Mail)


See also: Diesel spill near Bella Bella an ‘environmental disaster,’ says nearby First Nationhttp://www.cbc.ca/beta/news/canada/british-columbia/clean-up-continues-after-tug-sinks-near-bella-bella-1.3808493 (CBC)

EVENT RESCHEDULED: Public Hearing for Dabob Bay Expansion – Oct 25 6-8 PM

The Oct 13 public hearing for the Dabob Bay and  Devils Lake Conservation Area boundary expansions was cancelled and is re-scheduled  for Tuesday, October 25, 2016, at 6 pm at the Quilcene School. Please mark your calendars!
A show of public support for DNR’s proposal to expand important local Natural Resource Conservation Area boundaries is crucial to ensure this conservation success!
More information
Public Comment Period for Dabob Bay & Devils Lake
Ends Friday, October 21, 5 p.m.
Letters of support may be sent to AMPD@dnr.wa.gov, or to DNR, Attn: NRCA Boundary Proposals, PO Box 47014, Olympia, WA, 98504
Please send in your letter of support!

An overview of the project was also covered in the PDN.


Activists dispute Bryant’s claim that he’s an environmentalist – Seattle Times

I am not going to attack Bryant’s environmental record, as he has served with Billie Frank Jr. on the restoration efforts for the Nisqually River, along with other small projects. I do believe that he is sincere in thinking of himself as environmentally aware. I would like to question it though.  I even find myself supporting his notion that some of the events that the environmental community goes after, like the Shell port in Seattle, are more symbolic than real, and they put elected officials like Bryant, between a rock and a hard place, in that putting Shell in Seattle would have created hundreds of jobs, and it was his job to look at that issue from both sides. The Shell port issue was great for raising money from donors, but had little or nothing to do with Shell’s abandonment of the idea, given the economic collapse of oil prices globally and the long time frames needed to pull off projects like that one. And it hasn’t changed the demand curve of people driving cars more because oil and gas is cheap.

But it is very interesting to note that almost every major effort to push forward legislation in the State has always been stymied by donations and influence of Big Oil on our politics. We environmental activists  spend weeks or months driving decent,  often bi-partisan bills forward, to watch as Big Oil drives in and dumps a load of cash on the doorsteps of the legislators, and surprise, the bill dies. To Bill Bryant, all I can say is, “you can’t have it both ways.” Either you stop taking donations for your campaigns from the likes of Rainier Petroleum or stop pretending it doesn’t influence your voting.

As to his opposition to Sound Transit. Opposition to Sound Transit is not just a Republican vs. Democrat issue, the price tag is incredibly high and there seems no effort to find reasonably priced alternatives. This is because it’s a job creation mechanism and the unions that back the Democratic candidates demand that they support these efforts as a mechanism to greenwash the fact that it simply provides more union jobs, with very little change to the amount of cars on the road.  So be it. That’s politics in Seattle. You might remember that this same coalition attacked and destroyed the Monorail proposals, though some of the Monorail’s problems were self-inflicted.

But the bottom line is that Jay Inslee is willing to take hard stands and put his reputation on the line to go after the big picture as well as the small one. That’s the kind of leadership we need to really change the grim picture for our children and grandchildren, whom we are threatening with our addiction to oil. That’s why I support him, and will vote for Inslee in November. I recommend you do too.

The Republican candidate for governor sees himself as a conservationist in the mold of Teddy Roosevelt; critics say his record suggests otherwise. Lewis Kamb reports. (Seattle Times)


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