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FYI: Tarboo Ridge Coalition Meetings

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TRC appealed two County ordinances concerning new commercial shooting facilities to the state Growth Management Board (GMHB). On September 16, 2019, the GMHB found the ordinances in violation of state law and invalidated them. A public hearing will be held within 60 days. The Jefferson County Planning Commission has been tasked with making recommendations for changes to comply with the Board’s decisions.

Attend an Informational Meeting presented by TRC

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Monday, October 14, 2019
7-8 pm
Tri-Area Community Center
10 West Valley Road
Chimacum

Monday, October 21, 2019
7-8 pm
Laurel B. Johnson Community Center
923 Hazel Point Road
Quilcene

Port Townsend Date COMING SOON: https://tarbooridgecoalition.org/

PDN: Scientists probe Northwest lakes to learn about quakes

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Studies include Leland, Ozette

Lake Leland in Jefferson County is among the lakes studied in an effort to determine how strongly the Pacific Northwest shook during major earthquakes in the past. (Laura Foster/Peninsula Daily News)

Wednesday, October 2, 2019 3:10pm
By Tom Banse
Oregon Public Broadcasting

Multiple teams of earthquake researchers are looking in what might seem like an unlikely place to figure out how strongly the Pacific Northwest shook during great quakes in the past.

They’re poking around the bottom of lakes in Western Washington — including Lake Leland in Jefferson County and Clallam County’s Lake Ozette — as well as in Oregon.

It turns out lakes preserve a earthquake record that can shed light on the next “Really Big One.”

Read more at this link: https://www.peninsuladailynews.com/news/scientists-probe-northwest-lakes-to-learn-about-quakes/

FYI: Rep. Kilmer and the New Democrats Coalition Climate Change Bill Package

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Rep. Derek Kilmer and the New Democrats Coalition released a package of bills and principles to move the US forward on climate change policies. See:https://kilmer.house.gov/news/press-releases/kilmer-new-democrat-coalition-releases-priorities-for-us-climate-policy

FYI: Climate Change Oceans Report: Governments Must Act Now

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The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change - scientists from around the world - released a report on the impacts of climate change on our oceans this week. The forests help to produce oxygen and fix carbon - but so do the world's oceans. Read Report: https://www.ipcc.ch/srocc/download-report/

Seattle Times: As Bering Sea ice melts, Alaskans, scientists and Seattle’s fishing fleet witness changes ‘on a massive scale’

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By Hal Bernton Seattle Times staff reporter

SAVOONGA, Alaska – Derek Akeya hopes for calm waters and a lucrative catch when fishing from a skiff in the Bering Sea that surrounds his island village.

But on this windy late summer day, waves toss about the boat as Akeya stands in the bow, straining to pull up a line of herring-baited hooks from the rocky bottom.

Instead of bringing aboard halibut – worth more than $5 a pound back on shore – this string of gear yields four large but far less valuable Pacific cod, voracious bottom feeders whose numbers in recent years have exploded in these northern reaches....

For two years, the Bering Sea has been largely without winter ice, a development scientists modeling the warming impacts of greenhouse-gas pollution from fossil fuels once forecast would not occur until 2050.  READ MORE

FYI: Cybersecurity Resources

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Cybersecurity Resources

Foreign interference in US elections is explained by the DHS Countering Foreign Interference Task Force (National Risk Management Center).  The poster above, “The War on Pineapple; understanding foreign interference in 5 easy steps,” is available for download.

FYI: Wild Olympics Bill Rides Wave of New Local Support through House Hearing

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Wild Olympics Bill Rides Wave of New Local Support through House Hearing

New endorsers cite economic growth, clean water, salmon recovery as Representative Kilmer & local business leader testify

QUILCENE, Wash. (July 10, 2019) The Wild Olympics Coalition today cheered a hearing in the U.S. House of Representatives Natural Resources Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands of the Wild Olympics Wilderness and Wild and Scenic Rivers Act (H.R. 2642). The legislation was introduced by Senator Patty Murray and Representative Derek Kilmer (D-WA-06) in May, and would permanently protect more than 126,500 acres of Olympic National Forest as wilderness and 19 rivers and their major tributaries, a total of 464 river miles, as Wild and Scenic Rivers. Designed through extensive community input to protect ancient forests and clean water and enhance outdoor recreation, the legislation would designate the first new wilderness on Olympic National Forest in nearly three decades and the first-ever protected wild and scenic rivers on the Olympic Peninsula. Read more

Olympic Forest Coalition: Results Released of Two-year Growler Sound Study on the Olympic Peninsula

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The study was conducted by Lauren Kuehne, MSc Research Scientist at the University of Washington’s College of the Environment School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences. Ms. Kuehne has undertaken one of the only scientific studies of the soundscape on the Olympic Peninsula. Ms. Kuehne “sought to answer two questions: 1) What are the current noise levels and contributions of different aircraft on the Olympic Peninsula soundscape? and 2) How might these levels change with proposed increases in military training and operations?” READ MORE

WA Dept. of Ecology: Olympic Peninsula classified as being in severe drought by federal drought monitor

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Forecasts are heading in the wrong direction

There is a drought emergency declaration in the Dungeness River watershed on the Olympic Peninsula.

The current drought outlook for the Olympic Peninsula just took another step in the wrong direction. In their weekly update of drought conditions across the country, the U.S. Drought Monitor (USDM) changed its classification for the Olympic Peninsula region from “moderate” to “severe” drought. According to the USDM, a severe drought classification can bring potential impacts of likely crop and pasture damage, water shortages, and water restrictions. In response to current conditions, some communities and water systems on the peninsula have already begun anticipating low water supply. Read more

Kitsap Sun: Hood Canal preservation gets another bump from Legislature

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QUILCENE — Thousands of pristine acres of timberland along Hood Canal have been earmarked for preservation, thanks to $6.3 million from the Legislature. 

The Dabob Bay natural area's latest expansion spreads some 4,000 acres east and south onto the Toandos Peninsula. The Legislature's purchase guarantees 900 of those acres will be transferred out of the state Department of Natural Resources' timber trust and into conservation. The state will begin to pursue other properties within the acreage, which spans from Dabob to Thorndyke Creek, according to Peter Bahls, director of the Northwest Watershed Institute that has fought to preserve the area since 2002.  READ MORE