Laird Hamilton Speaks Out for Ocean Preservation – Environment – GOOD

Laird Hamilton who works with the Surfrider Foundation  in an article from   on Good News says:

“A true understanding and compassion for the fragility of ocean life is the issue I feel is most crucial to any conversation about the ocean. On a micro level, individuals should feel a sense of both responsibility and empowerment to doing all the little things that matter to the coastline—pick up trash, stop littering, recycle—scores of small contributions can quickly lead to large scale change. On a macro level, it is important that we hold corporations and politicians accountable to understanding the needs of our ecosystem—they represent us, and we are all dependent on that ecosystem—we posses the power and capability to prevent its destruction”

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For more visit: Laird Hamilton Speaks Out for Ocean Preservation – Environment – GOOD.

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Evidence Of Water Cleansing Benefits from Biodiversity

This is an interesting article about a study on how bio-diversity helps remove toxins in water. Cardinale’s study, which appears in the April 7 issue of Nature, was funded by the National Science Foundation.

The cleansing power of biodiversity
Scientists have long known that ecosystems that have more plant species tend to have a greater capacity to remove pollutants from soil and water than do ecosystems that have fewer species. But, until now, no one knew how or why this is so.

Cardinale’s study helps solve this mystery by explaining how biodiversity promotes the self-cleaning power of streams. According to the study, as algae grow in streams and produce more biomass, they incorporate into their bodies some common forms of pollution and thereby remove it from the water. Each species of pollution-removing algae has evolved and adapted to a different set of conditions, and so occupies a unique mini habitat, or niche, within a water body. Therefore, as the number of species of pollution-removing algae increases in a stream, so too does the number of unique niches that are occupied, filtered and cleansed by them. Hence: the more algae species a stream has, the more total pollutants these organisms may remove from the water.

Read More: Precedent-Setting Evidence Of The Benefits Of Biodiversity.

View video: http://www.wateronline.com/article.mvc/How-Biodiversity-Promotes-Water-Quality-0001

North Sound Baykeeper

http://www.re-sources.org/programs/baykeeper

RE Sources’ North Sound Baykeeper team is charged with protecting and

restoring the marine and nearshore habitats of the northern Puget Sound region.

BayKeeper Program

Lummi Island Watershed Enhancement Committee has lots of fun things happening this April.

Waterstudy continues.

Stay tuned!

Lummi Island Stormwater runoff.

Here below is a letter from the Whatcom County Resources Shellfish subcommitte’s ProjectLummi Island resident letter-1

March 30, 2010

Dear Lummi Island Resident:

Re:  Marine Resources Committee Clam Enhancement Projects

The Whatcom County Marine Resources Committee (MRC) was established in 1999 by the Whatcom County Council as a way for local citizens to participate and lead marine restoration and protection projects.  As part of the MRC’s clam enhancement work, we would like to engage you in an exciting pilot project that will be taking place in your neighborhood, and invite your participation.  The MRC plans to install two 3’x5’ clam tents along the eastern shoreline of Lummi Island.  One tent will be located just north of the ferry terminal on public tidelands, and one will be located on public tidelands near the end of Blizard Road.

Similar clam tents have been used successfully on the East Coast to enhance populations of softshell clams for both recreational and commercial harvest.  The goal of the MRC clam subcommittee is to enhance recreational opportunities for clam harvest along Whatcom County shorelines.  The design of these tents will consist of ¼” netting attached to the substrate with steel hooks in a 3’x5’ rectangle.  The netting will be slightly larger than the rectangle, and will have small floats underneath to allow it to be suspended at higher tides.  This non-rigid design is intended to reduce the likelihood of kayakers or other small boat users from running into the structure, and is intended to better absorb shock from floating debris or wood.  I have included an article describing various clam tent designs and information.  At low tide, these tents will be very low-profile and will only be noticeable by the small floats positioned beneath the netting.

This pilot project aims to take advantage of naturally-produced clam larvae of any species that float in the water column prior to settlement into suitable habitat.  This phase of the study will look at 1) the practicality of this clam tent design, and 2) the recruitment success of these tents.  If this pilot project proves successful, future clam tents will be considered for other locations.  These Lummi Island locations have been chosen for the pilot project as reasonably secluded locations with a lower chance of vandalism, and because there are known clam populations in the vicinity.  Assuming success, future tent locations will be determined at a later time.

The tents will be installed in early April and will be removed in late summer.  Beach Elementary School students will assist in pre-installation surveys to document what clams exist in the locations presently, and will also assist in future surveys to determine if clam recruitment was a success.

We are hoping you will be willing to notify us if you notice that one of the tents is damaged or needs attention.  Wanda Cucinotta, a Lummi Island resident and MRC clam subcommittee member, will check the tents weekly.  If you would be willing to notify us if you see anything amiss between her checks, it would be greatly appreciated.

Please contact me at 360-676-6876, or mroberts@co.whatcom.wa.us for more information about the MRC or clam tents in general, or call Wanda at 360-758-2272 or 360-220-3077 to notify her of any attention needed to the tents.

Sincerely,   Melissa Roberts

Whatcom County Public Works – Natural Resources

Whatcom County Marine Resources Committee

322 N. Commercial St., Ste. 110

Bellingham, WA  98225

Phone:   360-676-6876

Fax       360-738-2468

Website:            http://www.whatcom-mrc.whatcomcounty.org

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Lummi Island Watershed Enhancement Committee (WEC)
January 2010 UPDATE – – Wanda Cucinotta, Chair
Here’s our latest update:
  • Water Sample Volunteers Are Still Needed as we assist Whatcom County Marine Resources Committee (MRC) with monthly water quality sampling. The MRC/ Shellfish Subcommittee and WEC are also collaborating on a Little Neck Clam enhancement pilot project here on Lummi Island this spring.
  • Many thanks to all the community volunteers who helped us plant native vegetation and improve the quality of storm water runoff from the ferry landing area last year. All Lummi Islanders are welcome to join our Committee’s monthly meetings beginning in March. We have permits in hand for future restoration work and hope to start again this spring.
  • WEC has a different project sponsor organization! The Lummi Island Heritage Trust (a 501c3 nonprofit) has generously agreed to sponsor our Ferry Landing Enhancement Project.  This enables us to receive donations and to seek grant funds for additional restoration work around the Lummi Island Ferry Landing as well as monitoring and maintenance of our 2009 work.
  • For information or to volunteer contact:  Wanda @ 360-220 -3077
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  • BEACHES ON LUMMI ISLAND REMAIN CLOSED FOR SHELLFISH HARVESTING DUE TO HIGH TOXIN LEVELS IN MOLLUSCAN SHELLFISH.  Before harvesting molluscan shellfish, contact the Biotoxin hotline for updates to biotoxin and pollution-related closures at 1-800-562-5632 or web site http://www.doh.wa.gov/ehp/sf/biotoxin.htm
  • DID YOU KNOW THAT: Contaminated runoff from our roads and urban areas is the number one water pollution problem in the state, and most pressing threat? – Between 6 and 8 million gallons of oil and grease are washed into the Puget Sound every year (equivalent to one Exxon Valdez spill in two years)? – 45-65% of stormwater pollution is due to petroleum products?

June 2009 Update

Community Volunteers Needed!!!

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Ferry Landing Fish and Wildlife Habitat Enhancement Project

To restore and enhance marine habitats, reduce water pollution,

prevent erosion and supply community education

through hands on shoreline stewardship.

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Join our Volunteer work parties throughout June and July.

Saturday and Thursday mornings 10am to Noon

Meet at the Lummi Island Ferry Dock.

Volunteers will: Remove noxious weeds, plant native plants (water, weed & mulch them) as well as other various tasks to clean stormwater runoff along the ferry terminal and shoreline to the north.

Or Volunteer anytime that works for you.

You can call or email to signup to volunteer during the week and/or whenever you are available. We have lots of jobs to be done by our July 31st deadline. Jobs include manual labor as well as other easier tasks like measuring, irrigating, monitoring, documenting, office work, coordinating etc. you choose.

$$ Volunteer Hours count as a match for our grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation $$

Call Project Lead Wanda at 360-220-3077 or email forestflor@aol.com if you would like to volunteer, or have any questions and/or concerns.