Posted on February 1, 2016 by Al B.
Many of us on the Peninsula are helping to protect and better understand eel grass. In Port Townsend, the local Marine Resources Committee (of which I currently am chair) has been managing the Eelgrass Protection Buoys, helping boaters understand the right spot to anchor to protect the remaining eel grass, which is home to all sorts of underwater life. There’s a lot left to know about restoring it.
Local scientists are lending their expertise to offset the global decline of seagrass by studying and restoring eelgrass throughout Puget Sound. To help address this decline, scientists at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s Marine Sciences Lab in Sequim are working with the state on restoring eelgrass throughout the Puget Sound…. Eelgrass is recognized by the Puget Sound Partnership as both critical habitat and a vital sign of Puget Sound because changes in its abundance or distribution reflect changes in environmental conditions. Alana Lineroth reports. (Peninsula Daily News)
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Posted on August 19, 2015 by Al B.
An update on the efforts to allow returning salmon to get up the Dungeness River. Thanks to the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe, who continue to show leadership and dedication to saving the historic runs of fish on the river that their people have fished forever. This is the effects of our inability to deal with the root causes of climate change, which is out of control fossil fuel use.
Dungeness River Fish Passage 2015C from NW Indian Fisheries Commission on Vimeo.
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Posted on August 17, 2015 by Al B.
I’ve shot video on the small group of tribal fishermen that work the beaches at the mouth of the Dungeness. They are out at dawn and often working hard to catch a few fish. It appears that this year will be a washout for them. The fish just aren’t returning in numbers large enough to warrant going out.
Interest has waned in a pink salmon fishery at the mouth of the Dungeness River now that the numbers originally expected haven’t developed, said the natural resources director for the Jamestown S’Klallam tribe. The beach seine fishery, in which weighted nets are used to pull fish to shore, was developed by co-managers of the Jamestown S’Klallam, Port Gamble S’Klallam and Point No Point Treaty Council and approved by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to weed out some of the 1.3 million pinks expected to return this season, said Scott Chitwood on Friday. Leah Leach reports. (Peninsula Daily News)
See also: Crews deepen channels to help struggling salmon amid drought http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/environment/crews-deepen-channels-to-help-struggling-salmon/ Hal Bernton reports. (Seattle Times)
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Posted on August 10, 2015 by Al B.
With the Dungeness River at historic low flows, this is going to be a most interesting year to see if WDFW and others like the Dungeness River Management Team can make this run successful.
Work could begin this week on creating as hospitable an environment as possible for hordes of pink salmon expected to return to the Dungeness River later this month. A preseason prediction that 1.3 million pinks will return to the Dungeness this year may not come to pass, said Mike Gross, biologist with the state Department of Fish and Wildlife, who is based in Montesano. That estimate was based on a run of 400,000 pinks in the Dungeness two years ago. (Peninsula Daily News)
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Posted on October 2, 2014 by Al B.
October 2nd – You are invited to a potluck with the North Olympic Group of the Sierra Club to be held at the Trinity United Methodist Church, 100 North Blake Avenue in Sequim (next to Carrie Blake Park).
Social hour begins at 5:30 PM. Please bring a potluck dish to share and it would be helpful to bring your own plate, cup, and table ware. Members and friends of the Sierra Club are invited.
After the potluck, we will feature the following program:
Ron Eber, Historian for the Oregon Chapter of the Sierra Club, will present a program on the Wilderness Act. On the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Wilderness Act, Ron’s talk will explore the work of John Muir and the pioneer conservationists of Washington who laid the foundation for all the wilderness we have protected since his time. Muir’s earlier wilderness and park campaigns will also be looked at to see what lessons we have learned and can continue to use in the future.
Ron holds a degree in Geography from California State University at Northridge and a Masters of Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Oregon. From 1976 – 2008, he was the Farm and Forest Lands Specialist for the Oregon Department of La
We hope to see you there.
Darlene Schanfald, Board Member
Sierra Club – North Olympic Group
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Posted on April 4, 2014 by Al B.
Sad, but expected. They likely will lose, as other suits have, and cost the State hundreds of thousands to defend.
The Olympic Resource Protection Council has decided it will sue the state over a rule that governs water use in the Dungeness Valley. In a meeting Thursday night at the Sequim library, the group membership agreed to pursue a lawsuit against the state Department of Ecology in an effort to force the agency to review the Dungeness Water Rule…. Water use in the basin was restricted by the Dungeness Water Rule, a measure instituted January 2013 by Ecology with the aim of preserving water in the Dungeness River for both human use and for aquatic species when its flow diminishes in dry summer months. Joe Smillie (Peninsula Daily News)
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Posted on October 28, 2013 by Al B.
Given the recent bluff collapse in Port Townsend, this might be of interest to some of you!
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