What’s going on in the water ways of Washington …sigh

So, I am checking out the local news on 8/15 when a picture of the Pilchuck River with pink or rust coloured goo is on the screen. The reporter tells us that they are now attempting to “SaveTheSalmon” which might be dying along with other “aquatic life” after coming into contact with it.  netfishingApparently, this river is heating up because  of a lack of oxygen that trees, scrubs and bushes create but they have been cut back far too much creating an environment to grow this harmful goo. We also learn that this river,maybe others do not meet clean-water standards at this time and flows from the Cascade Mountains east of Granite Falls to Snohomish before joining the Snohomish River.

Last week reports were that a Gray found in Ballard Locks and a young Hump Back Whale found beached in West Seattle in bad condition … very thin, had lice, netting and while scientists were there no results as to why these Whales were so thin had lice though the weaker Whales may suffer from a lack of food…. let me say that again, whales are suffering from not finding enough food which invokes all kinds of connotations attached

I am no expert, have a lot of opinions thoughts and feelings about Whales in general living here and having spent a great deal of my youth around water.  I feel that our Navy should get a cease and desist letter ordering all the sonar tests stop until they find out if this is indeed affecting our Whales or at least tell the public what the sonars are being used for or against. I also want to know what part do humans play in the deaths of Whales when they are unable to find enough food, why there are less Orca’s, why has the state sided with whale watchers when it’s obvious our water ways are not garbage or fuel free and could possibly be why some grey whales continue to be found washed up on our beaches. There should not be whales in captivity … unless it could no longer survive in its natural habitat

Sources: Q13, King5 … my2cents

Stop Spraying Pesticides in State Marine Waters

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Don’t let large corporate shellfish growers poison our marine waters with the pesticides Imazamox and Imidicloprid!

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As Washingtonians, we all enjoy having salmon, waterfowl, diverse marine life and bees as part of our world.

Large corporate shellfish growers’ efforts to spray pesticides in our marine waters to increase unsustainable shellfish production threatens a myriad of aquatic life.

Both, protected native and non-native eelgrass will be eradicated, migratory waterfowl food sources will be eliminated, salmon smolts will lose important cover and bees will be exposed to a destructive neurotoxin that has been blamed for colony collapse disorder all over the world.

Send a message to the Washington Department of Ecology today: “Do not approve the spraying of Imazamox, Imidicloprid or any toxic chemicals in Washington marine waters.” We need to protect our marine life and human health. The proposed spraying will add to the chemical burden of years of spraying the pesticides Glyphosate, Imazapyr and Carbaryl on Willapa Bay shellfish areas.  The WA State Attorney General already referred to Willapa Bay as “chemical soup” in a 2012 motion for summary judgment.

Your comments will lend a voice to prevent destruction of wildlife that cannot speak for itself. The Dept. of Ecology will take note if thousands of citizens tell them we noticed and care about their actions. 

Thank you for all that you do for Washington’s environment and human health.

Dorothy Walker, Sierra Club
Washington State Marine Ecosystem Campaign

The Clean Water Act 1972

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33 U.S.C. §1251 et seq. (1972)

The Clean Water Act (CWA) establishes the basic structure for regulating discharges of pollutants into the waters of the United States and regulating quality standards for surface waters. The basis of the CWA was enacted in 1948 and was called the Federal Water Pollution Control Act, but the Act was significantly reorganized and expanded in 1972. “Clean Water Act” became the Act’s common name with amendments in 1972.

Under the CWA, EPA has implemented pollution control programs such as setting wastewater standards for industry. We have also set water quality standards for all contaminants in surface waters.

The CWA made it unlawful to discharge any pollutant from a point source into navigable waters, unless a permit was obtained. EPA’s National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit program controls discharges. Point sources are discrete conveyances such as pipes or man-made ditches. Individual homes that are connected to a municipal system, use a septic system, or do not have a surface discharge do not need an NPDES permit; however, industrial, municipal, and other facilities must obtain permits if their discharges go directly to surface waters.

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The Office of Water (OW) ensures drinking water is safe, and restores and maintains oceans, watersheds, and their aquatic ecosystems to protect human health, support economic and recreational activities, and provide healthy habitat for fish, plants, and wildlife.

  • The EPA Watershed Academy provides training courses on statutes, watershed protection, and other key Clean Water Act resources.

on this day … 12/28


1065 – Westminster Abbey was consecrated under Edward the Confessor.

1694 – Queen Mary II of England died after five years of joint rule with her husband, King William III.

1732 – “The Pennsylvania Gazette,” owned by Benjamin Franklin, ran an ad for the first issue of “Poor Richard’s Almanack.”

1832 – John C. Calhoun became the first vice president of the United States to resign, stepping down over differences with President Jackson.

1836 – Mexico’s independence was recognized by Spain.

1846 – Iowa became the 29th state to be admitted to the Union.

1869 – William E. Semple, of Mt. Vernon, OH, patented an acceptable chewing gum.

1877 – John Stevens applied for a patent for his flour-rolling mill, which boosted production by 70%.

1879 – In Dundee, Scotland the central portion of the Tay Bridge collapsed as a train was passing over it. 75 people were killed.

1895 – In Paris, the first commercial public screening of cinematographic films took place.

1897 – “Cyrano de Bergerac,” the play by Edmond Rostand, premiered in Paris, France.

1902 – The first professional indoor football game was played at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Syracuse defeated the Philadelphia Nationals 6-0.

1908 – An earthquake killed over 75,000 at Messina in Sicily.

1912 – The first municipally-owned street cars were used on the streets of San Francisco, CA.

1917 – The New York Evening Mail published a facetious essay by H.L. Mencken on the history of bathtubs in America.

1926 – The highest recorded cricket innings score of 1,107 runs was hit by Victoria, against New South Wales, in Melbourne.

1937 – The Irish Free State became the Republic of Ireland when a new constitution established the country as a sovereign state under the name of Eire.

1942 – R.O. Sullivan crossed the Atlantic Ocean for the 100th time.

1945 – The U.S. Congress officially recognized the “Pledge of Allegiance.”

1950 – The Peak District became Britain’s first designated National Park.

1956 – After five years on television, the last “Ding Dong School” was aired on NBC-TV.

1964 – Initial filming of the movie “Dr. Zhivago” began on location near Madrid, Spain. The movies total running time is 197 minutes.

1973 – The Chamber of Commerce of Akron, OH, terminated its association with the All-American Soap Box Derby. It was stated that the race had become “a victim of cheating and fraud.”

1973 – Alexander Solzhenitsyn published “Gulag Archipelago,” an expose of the Soviet prison system.

1981 – Elizabeth Jordan Carr, the first American test-tube baby, was born in Norfolk, VA.

1982 – Nevell Johnson Jr. was mortally wounded by a police officer in a Miami video arcade. The event set off three days of race related disturbances that left another man dead.

1987 – The bodies of 14 relatives of R. Gene Simmons were found at his home near Dover, AR. Simmons had gone on a shooting spree in Russellville that claimed two other lives.

1989 – Alexander Dubcek, who had been expelled from the Communist Party in 1970, was elected speaker of the Czech parliament.

1991 – Nine people died in a rush to get into a basketball game at City College in New York.

1995 – Pressure from German prosecutors investigating pornography forced CompuServe to set a precedent by blocking access to sex-oriented newsgroups on the Internet for its customers.

2000 – U.S. District Court Judge Matsch held a hearing to ensure that confessed Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh understood that he was dropping his appeals. McVeigh said that he wanted an execution date, set but wanted to reserve the right to seek presidential clemency

The pallid sturgeon has plied Earth’s waterways for 78 mil years …they need our help!

Your voice can make a difference for one of the planet’s last living dinosaurs.


It survived the asteroid that killed all the dinosaurs, but if we don’t act quickly, it won’t survive us.

The pallid sturgeon has plied Earth’s waterways for 78 million years. But a century of dam building has led to habitat changes that may mean the end for this amazing fish. Biologists estimate that only 125 wild-born pallid sturgeon remain in the Upper Missouri and Yellowstone rivers. What’s worse, none have successfully reproduced in decades because too many dams now block their path and destroy their habitat.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Bureau of Reclamation have the chance to change that, but they have recently released a plan that, far from helping these fish, will likely doom them.

The clear way to save the pallid sturgeon and spend taxpayer dollars wisely is to restore the Yellowstone River by removing the irrigation dam that blocks the path of these fish and to deliver water to irrigators via pumps or other means.

But current government agency plans promote a different solution that Montana fish biologists – and even the government’s own scientists – say won’t work: an even larger concrete dam and two-mile long artificial fish bypass channel. This flawed alternative may have profound effects on the entire fishery of the lower Yellowstone River, not just the pallid sturgeon.

Your voice can make a difference. Tell the agencies involved that you oppose the construction of a new, more permanent dam and that you believe that federal funding for the project should be spent on restoring the Yellowstone River, not on building a bigger dam.

These fish cannot wait. They need our help now.

Thank you for all you do.


Steve Forrest Steve Forrest
Rockies and Plains Senior Representative
Defenders of Wildlife