July 21, 2014

10:11 PM | Chinese meat supplier of McDonald’s and KFC gets the ax
The Chinese outlets of McDonald’s and KFC have stopped using meat from a Shanghai company after a local television news program accused the supplier of using chicken and beef past their expiration date, triggering an investigation by local food safety … Continue reading →

July 20, 2014

11:10 PM | Whatcom Rural Element: Water Quality Struggles
I have periodically posted on Whatcom County's long and complex struggles with rural planning and the Growth Management Act - long and wonky and local issues that shape the landscape. Whatcom County is just one county, but being local I know the GMA planning here better than elsewhere. Whatcom County lost on water quality and water quantity issues on appeals before the Growth Hearings Board last year.  The County has appealed the Boards rulings on water quality and quantity planning […]

July 17, 2014

5:51 PM | Federal efforts underway to streamline research grant review process
  A recent report from the National Science Board […]

July 15, 2014

2:08 AM | Pit to Pier and the Navy and DNR Aquatic Lease
The Pit to Pier project took a bit of a blow last week when the Washington State Department of Natural Resources completed an agreement with the United States Navy regarding aquatic leases within Hood Canal (announcement here).The Pit to Pier is a scheme to build a conveyor belt from a mining area to a ship loading facility on the shore of Hood Canal. The gravel deposits at the mine are a huge deposit of glacial outwash sands and gravels. In addition, there is a large rock quarry not far to the […]

July 13, 2014

5:05 PM | Whatcom County Council Course Correction on River Erosion Site
The Whatcom County Council opted not to fund a river erosion project after initially asking to have the project added to the River and Flood 2014 work plan. I have to admit the title of the Bellingham Herald story covering the project was clever previously did a summary of the erosion site (county-tax-dollars-to-protect-private-land). The Council had supported adding the project by a 4-2 vote, but process required an official […]

July 11, 2014

9:46 PM | ESA Policy News July 11: Report urges US military to improve climate planning, House DOE, Interior spending bills advance
Here are some highlights from the latest ESA Policy New […]
3:20 PM | Our new report – gazing into a tobacco-free future
Our 'Tobacco Control Endgames' report launched this week - but what is an 'endgame' and how might this help us achieve a tobacco-free future?

July 09, 2014

7:43 PM | The importance of investing in the researchers of the future
In the most recent edition of the Ecologist Goes to Was […]

July 08, 2014

4:21 PM | It is not that marijuana is good
It is not that marijuana is good, but what we have been doing was so bad. Ezra reminds us that Washington State may be on the right path and that there may be side benefits.

July 06, 2014

7:29 PM | Whatcom Rural Element V with more to come
Rural planning is tough business. A lot of the biggest challenges are inherited from decisions made decades ago. One simple current example was the decision made in Snohomish County back in the the 1960s to a allow a subdivision of land next to the Stiiliguamish River (Seattle Times landslide history) . The path to fixing old planning decisions is not an easy one, but has Oso demonstrated sometimes is necessary.  I have not posted anything on Whatcom County's Rural Element Planning […]

July 04, 2014

8:28 AM | Market food safety at retail; Foster Farms finally recalls some chicken 16 months after first Salmonella outbreak
Two weeks ago, Foster Farms poultry producers announced they’d dramatically lowered levels of salmonella in chicken parts — and invested $75 million to do it. Now, Foster Farms of Fresno, Calif., is recalling an undetermined amount of chicken products that … Continue reading →

June 30, 2014

4:13 PM | CRUK Parliament Day 2014 – live blog
Latest updates and news from our 2014 Parliament Day. Follow the discussion on Twitter using #beatcancersooner

June 27, 2014

8:39 PM | ESA Policy News June 27: Former GOP EPA admins support climate action, new NSF communications ‘toolkit’
Here are some highlights from the latest ESA Policy New […]

June 26, 2014

9:23 AM | Standard packs – nearly but not quite there
The Government today took a crucial step towards standard packs... but we're not there quite yet. What still needs to happen?

June 24, 2014

3:22 PM | County Tax Dollars to Protect Private Land
A few weeks back, the Whatcom County Council approved developing a plan to use County Flood Tax dollars to shore up a river bank revetment to protect private property whatcom-council-oks-plan-to-save-strawberry-field. The project funding is controversial for a few reasons and perhaps I'll add to it. Full disclosure: I am a member of the County Flood Advisory Committee and voted against this project.But first a bit of an overview of the erosion location:AERIAL/MAP HEREThis aerial […]

June 23, 2014

1:30 PM | NSF IGERT: Transcending traditional disciplinary boundaries to advance career opportunities in science
This year’s 2014 ESA Graduate Student Policy Award (GSP […]
1:54 AM | Water and Las Vegas
I have been following the southwest drought. It does have implications. But this chart via USBR and via JFleck at Inkstain (HERE) may alter ones view. The short interpretation is that you could remove the entire City of Las Vegas and it would not even be close to solving the water problems on the Colorado River. While Washington State has water policy issues it is rather minor compared to the potential problems on the Colorado River.
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