Dec. 10: County Council meets with Islands Trust Council

San Juan County Council's final meeting of 2018 includes a luncheon meeting with Canada's Island Trust Council, the swearing in of elected officials, a public hearing on an ordinance  Adopting Street Improvement Standard Plans for North Beach Road, a discussion of IOSA funding, Orcas Fish Hatchery, and a presentation of the draft Fairgrounds Master Plan.


Chance to comment on changes to total dissolved gas criteria to help fish passage at dams

The state Department of Ecology received requests from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission, and a coalition of non-governmental organizations to further adjust its total dissolved gas criteria for dams that spill to aid fish passage.

Providing a short-term adjustment could allow dams to increase spill during portions of the day to help juvenile fish migrating to the ocean. Also, modifying the criteria is consistent with current recommendations from the Governor’s Southern Resident Killer Whale task force, may help harmonize water quality standards with Oregon, and could simplify the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' implementation of the spill program at its federal dams on the lower Snake and Columbia rivers.

Ecology has extended the deadline for comments from the public through Dec. 14, 2018.

Ecology is seeking comments on an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) Scoping Notice for a short-term modification to its total dissolved gas criteria (WAC 173-201A) for areas on the Snake and Columbia rivers. This is the first step to evaluating potential environmental impacts of adjusting the total dissolved gas criteria, and Ecology will consider comments on the scope to help Ecology develop a draft EIS.

How to comment:

Ecology invites tribes, agencies, organizations, and members of the public to comment on the scope of its draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) until Dec. 14, 2018. Comments on alternatives, mitigation, impacts, and other items Ecology should consider in the EIS are welcome.

EIS Scoping Period: November 16 - December 14, 2018

Submit comments:


​By Mail:

Becca Conklin

Department of Ecology

PO Box 47600

​Olympia, WA 98504-7600

Please see Ecology's website for more information.


A Sad Swan Story


You may have heard about the Trumpeter Swan that was seen next to the road on San Juan Valley. Thankfully, one of the people who noticed the swan called Wolf Hollow and we were able to go out and rescue her. She was severely emaciated and so weak that she could barely stand, so we started treating her immediately. We couldn’t find any wounds or injuries, and X-Rays showed no broken bones, so what was wrong with the swan?


Real Estate Sales in the San Juan Islands Nov. 7-30

Real Estate Sales in the San Juan Islands from November 7 to 30, 2018 included  three that exceeded a million dollars - one on Lopez Island and two on San Juan Island. 

The information is gathered from the Real Estate Excise Tax forms submitted to San Juan County's Treasurer's Office. The sale amount is in bold and the dollar amount in parentheses is the assessed value according to the county Assessor's office.


Reminder about making ferry reservations for Christmas travel

Washington State Ferries is reminding travelers planning on taking a holiday trip on the Port Townsend/Coupeville or Anacortes/San Juan Islands/Sidney, British Columbia routes that the second tier of vehicle reservations is released at 7 a.m. two weeks prior to specific sailings.  That means if you have plans to drive on those routes on December 21-26, be sure to reserve a space over the next six days.


UC Davis Study: Human Actions Impact Wild Salmon’s Ability to Evolve

Once spring-run chinook salmon disappear, they are not likely to re-emerge, indicates genetic analysis of the revered wild fish in a study led by the University of California, Davis. Prompt conservation action could preserve spring-run chinook, as well as their evolutionary potential.

Spring-run chinook look and behave differently from fall-run chinook salmon. These are adults in California’s Salmon River. (Michael Bravo photo)

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