The U.S. Navy is inviting public comment on a proposal to increase the use of sonobuoys in Pacific Northwest waters used for naval training. It is expected the buoys will have impacts on local species, and the Navy has specifically stated this “is likely to adversely affect” endangered leatherback turtles. The comment period closes February 2. You can find links and additional information in the Oregonian, here: http://www.oregonlive.com/business/index.ssf/2015/01/navy_modifies_environmental_im.html#incart_river
An olive ridley turtle found in waters off the Washington coast is thriving at the Oregon Coast Aquarium, and may soon return to the wild. The young female was discovered dehydrated and hypothermic, far north of the waters she would normally ply. For the cheering news, here’s the Oregonian: http://www.oregonlive.com/pacific-northwest-news/index.ssf/2015/01/solstice_the_sea_turtle_improv.html#incart_river
It seems to be a universal problem: many people use rivers and streams as open sewers, disposing of any and all manner of waste and refuse by just dumping it in the waterway. “Out of sight, out of mind” would appear to be their credo, but the result is often a toxic waterway and a devastated ecosystem. In Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, the rivers it draws its name from exhibit the scars of this wasteful practice. Kuala Lumpur roughly means “muddy confluence”, but much more than mud now taints the waters of the Klang and Gombak rivers, whose joining gives the city its name.
It is good news, then, that cleanup efforts have now begun there. The community and the government are working together to address a multitude of problems that range from social issues to industrial practices. But it appears that attitudes are shifting and residents are coming around, or as one official put it, “We learned from other cities like Seoul, Vancouver, upgrading and beautifying the areas around the river really helps a city become more livable.” Al Jazeera has more: http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2014/12/cleaning-up-malaysia-rivers-life-201412295711253154.html
Climate change denial got a little harder, again, this year, with world temperatures expected to set a new record in 2014. Not all the data are in yet, but what has been analyzed points to 2014 being the hottest year since records started being kept. From Australia to Northern Europe, heat waves ruled the day. Closer to home, California recorded the hottest January through October since 1895. Scientific American weighs the news: http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/hottest-year-ever-5-places-where-2014-temps-really-cooked/
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Willamette River, Buena Vista to Independence – Class A – length 12 miles
Our first run of the year to the Rogue Chatoe, in honor of Groundhog Day on the morrow. Provision yourself appropriately.