environmental mitigation http://kplu.org en Climate change pushing water system upgrades http://kplu.org/post/climate-change-pushing-water-system-upgrades <p></p><p>Global climate change is a reality that few people now deny. 2012 was the warmest year on record. So what about Seattle’s water supply?&nbsp;</p><p>Managers say they need to speed up about $30-million of investment in a backup plan.</p><p>About two thirds of Seattle’s water comes from one of the most pristine sources in the nation. The<a href="http://www.seattle.gov/util/environmentconservation/education/cedarriverwatershed/"> Cedar River Watershed</a> lies in more than 90,000 acres of protected land southeast of the city, near North Bend.</p> Tue, 12 Feb 2013 18:18:31 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 7773 at http://kplu.org Climate change pushing water system upgrades Rising sea, stronger storms hammering West Coast shorelines http://kplu.org/post/rising-sea-stronger-storms-hammering-west-coast-shorelines <p>With summer in full swing, area beaches see a lot of action. But the shores of the western coast of the United States may be hit with large-scale erosion in coming years, wiping out coastlines that provide protection from the surf, as well as pleasure.</p><p> Wed, 20 Jul 2011 22:20:26 +0000 Monica Spain 2127 at http://kplu.org Rising sea, stronger storms hammering West Coast shorelines Fishing for the ghost nets of Whatcom County http://kplu.org/post/fishing-ghost-nets-whatcom-county <p>They&rsquo;re known as ghost nets &ndash; old tangles of synthetic lines snagged on underwater rocks or reefs and left behind by fishermen as long as seventy years ago.&nbsp; &nbsp;</p><p>A <a href="http://www.nwstraits.org/">coalition </a>out of Mount Vernon has removed thousands of them over the past decade.&nbsp; There&rsquo;s still work to be done, but they&rsquo;re running out of funding.&nbsp;</p><p><wbr><wbr><wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></p><p><wbr><wbr><wbr><p><wbr><wbr><wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></p><wbr><wbr><wbr><p><wbr><wbr><wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></p><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><p><wbr><wbr><wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></p><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><p><wbr><wbr><wbr></wbr></wbr></wbr></p><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><wbr><blockquote><p>Since 2002, The Northwest Straights Initiative has removed nearly four thousand derelict fishing nets from shallow waters of Puget Sound.&nbsp;</p><p>&ldquo;Because they just don&rsquo;t degrade. They can get torn apart by wave action, but they won&rsquo;t degrade,&quot; says Northwest Straits Initiative Director, Ginny Broadhurst. Thu, 09 Jun 2011 23:16:01 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 1831 at http://kplu.org Fishing for the ghost nets of Whatcom County Preview: Fishing for the ghost nets of Whatcom County http://kplu.org/post/preview-fishing-ghost-nets-whatcom-county <p>(Updated at 11:49 a.m. with new photos)</p><p>This morning I&rsquo;ll be up early, heading to Sandy Point Marina, near Bellingham, for a short field trip with the non-profit Northwest Straits.&nbsp; They&rsquo;re a non-partisan group that&rsquo;s been removing derelict fishing gear from the waters of the region for the past decade.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 09 Jun 2011 16:55:07 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 1825 at http://kplu.org Preview: Fishing for the ghost nets of Whatcom County How to mitigate the impact of a new 520 bridge on the Arboretum? http://kplu.org/post/how-mitigate-impact-new-520-bridge-arboretum <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-970472.mp3</p><p>Unless a lawsuit derails the process, a new 520 bridge will soon be built across Lake Washington.&nbsp;</p><p>A company in Aberdeen is already constructing the huge pontoons that will keep the new, 6-lane structure afloat.</p><p>And the state is widening the highway on the east side of the lake.&nbsp;</p><p>But exactly what the project will look like on the Seattle side is still being worked out.</p><p>Seattle&#39;s Board of Park Commissioners will get a briefing on impacts to the Washington Park Arboretum tomorrow night (Thursday). Wed, 25 May 2011 15:46:36 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 1670 at http://kplu.org How to mitigate the impact of a new 520 bridge on the Arboretum?