Port Gamble Bay Cleanup About to Begin – WSDOE

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Photo WA St. DOE

A long-awaited cleanup of Port Gamble Bay is just about ready to launch. Work is scheduled to start Monday, with the removal of old pilings treated with toxic creosote.

A number of other piers, docks and other structures also will be removed as the project progresses, and contaminated sediments and other muck will be dug out of the bay or capped with clean material.

The project is expected to continue into early 2017 and really provide a boost for the bay’s health — and for the Puget Sound environment in general.

Senate Democrats Offer Climate Change Bill Aimed Not at Success Now, but in 2016 – NY Times

Washington State Senator Maria Cantwell has put forward this bill, which is a good stake in the ground. Worth remembering when you vote next year, that Republicans have no plan to stop or slow climate change. Their plan is to drill more and remove all regulations that might slow more extraction of oil. They have also worked to end any and all clean energy government subsidies. They are on the wrong side of history, and unfortunately, all of us are paying the price. We are not yet climate refugees here on the Peninsula, but our neighbors in the North Cascades, and the thousands of people throughout the American west who have lost their lives and homes to the largest forest fires in recorded history this summer, are. With the Pope actively working to build public awareness on this, and the President, and even the president of China, who is visiting this week, we need to vote out idiots who stand in the way of saving us from our own inability to change. At this point the Republican Congress seems to be like lemmings, heading right off the cliff and taking us with them. We know who pays these politician’s campaigns, and it is not the majority of the American people, or even the people in their districts. It’s a small lobby of business leaders who cannot see the forest for their trees. I welcome any Republican who wants to work for the future of the planet to say  that they are going to go against the grain and vote for this Democratic proposal.

Senate Democratic leaders on Tuesday introduced a measure intended to signal their support of President Obama’s aggressive climate change agenda to 2016 voters and to the rest of the world.

‘Monster’ El Nino could cause flooding and erosion on B.C. coast: professor – CBC

I’m so glad that while this is expected in British Columbia, it won’t happen here…oh wait!

“We know that in past El Ninos from here to California we’ve seen some of the highest historic rates of erosion. “

This winter’s El Nino is expected to rival the strongest on record, which hit in 1997-98.

If you live on the beach, you might want to make sure your insurance is up to date, and your most valued documents are stored off site.

CBC article

EVENT: Workshop on Climate Change Action – Sept 26th 12 -2

Olympic Climate Action, in conjunction with 350.org and other civic organizations, is hosting a “Power Through Paris” workshop Saturday, September 26, from 12:00-2:00 PM at the Port Angeles Library, 2210 South Peabody Street, to plan for local action centered on global climate talks in Paris later this year.  These talks and their aftermath will be crucial in determining global response to climate change, and citizens around the world are organizing to send a message to world leaders that it’s time to convert to clean energy.  This event is free and open to the public.

2015 is on track to be the hottest year in recorded history, the entire West has seen record drought, floods, and wildfire, and momentum is growing to stop the climate crisis. Political and religious leaders are beginning to get the message, as the Pope’s climate encyclical and visit to the U.S. underscores; to carry this message home, climate action groups are organizing events across the world to precede, accompany, and follow the global gathering of governments at the Paris climate change talks which begin November 30.  The workshop will share ideas, build energy, and lay out plans for local action to “Power Through Paris”.

To sign up for the event, go to the Olympic Climate Action website, http://olyclimate.org,

Citizens addressing the threat of climate change on the Olympic Peninsula
Clallam County, Washington State, U.S.A.
Contact Ed Chadd, olyclimate@gmail.com or 360-775-9234

Congressmen Kilmer and Heck introduce Puget Sound SOS Bill

On Saturday U.S. Representatives Denny Heck (WA-10) and Derek Kilmer (WA-6), announced the introduction of a bill to help bring more federal resources to the recovery efforts of Puget Sound. The bill, called the Puget Sound SOS aims at amending the Clean Water Act to allow Puget Sound to be ranked at parity to the Great Lakes and Chesapeake Bay.

The bill would create a Puget Sound Recovery Program Office in the EPA. The goal would be to better focus resources to these efforts. Currently, the EPA and NOAA help fund the state through grants that are prioritized by the many efforts of the Puget Sound Partnership throughout the Sound.  These prioritized lists, created by volunteers from the various agencies and non profits involved in recovery efforts, are then funded by grants from the EPA and NOAA. The funding has been far under what is necessary, and it is hoped that this will help find more funds through the agency.

The three goals that are of the highest priority, and under which most if not all the other sub goals are grouped into, are: Habitat recovery, mitigating stormwater runoff, and helping shellfish recovery. At the core of these are clean water entering the Sound, and restoration of habitat wherever possible.

While Heck and Kilmer are still looking for co-sponsors, it is still uncertain what changes to the Clean Water Act the Republican controlled Congress is going to seek. There is also the issue of a possible shut down of the government soon, due to Planned Parenthood funding issues.

The good news is that Kilmer and Heck have been fighting for Puget Sound recovery efforts for some time, and have been good at helping keep the issue on a front burner back in Washington DC. 

Details of the bill are not yet available, as the legislation has not been introduced yet.

Puget Sound ‘S.O.S.’ Act announced by congressmen -KING

A push by Kilmer and Denny Heck to get proper funding and awareness to Puget Sound Recovery. This is to help us be prioritized on a par with Chesapeake Bay.

…. Congressmen Derek Kilmer and Denny Heck decided the Sound needs emergency help. At the 23rd Salmon Homecoming on Saturday morning, they announced their plan to present a new bill to Congress, called PUGET SOS. They will introduce it to the U.S. House next week…. The bill would define Puget Sound as a nationally significant body of water under the Clean Water Act. It would create a Puget Sound Recovery Program Office in the EPA. It also protects the future of tribal treaty fishing rights. Alison Morrow reports. (KING)


What’s the best way to communicate about climate change? – Grist.org

A very interesting overview by a social scientist who has studied this issue over the last few years. All of us that are involved in public communication and education can learn from this interview.

For the last decade, Anthony Leiserowitz has been tackling what he describes as the “problem from hell” – how to communicate to the public that climate change is a real thing that is happening and that they should probably do something about, unless they like famines and a world ruled by stinging jellyfish. As the director of the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication, he’s been an integral part of some of the most comprehensive research out there on how people around the world understand climate change — and why they aren’t doing enough to stop it.



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