Public input sought on potential habitat restoration project near Astoria

Portland, Ore. – The Bonneville Power Administration is seeking public input and comment on potential environmental impacts from a proposed project to restore a tidal marsh in Clatsop County, Ore., to benefit salmon and steelhead. An open house describing the proposed work will be held Jan. 14, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., at the Oregon Department of Forestry in Astoria.
The Wallooskee-Youngs Confluence Restoration Project proposes to modify a levee to inundate historic wetlands on a 221-acre property at the confluence of the Wallooskee and Youngs rivers some five miles from the Columbia River. The restoration would include the creation of a network of tidal channels and the re-establishment of native vegetation. The project would enhance rearing and estuary habitat for juvenile salmon and steelhead as well as provide habitat for wildlife such as deer, elk and river otter.
BPA is considering funding the project to help mitigate for the impacts of the construction and operation of federal dams on the lower Columbia and Snake rivers, collectively referred to as the Federal Columbia River Power System. The work is being done by Astoria Wetlands, an environmental resources company.
After the restoration efforts, Astoria Wetlands would turn the property over to the Cowlitz Indian Tribe for long-term stewardship. BPA would maintain a conservation easement to ensure permanent protection of the property’s conservation values. To understand the potential environmental impacts of this proposal, BPA will prepare an environmental assessment in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will be a cooperating agency in the development of the assessment in their role as a permitting agency for levee modification and wetland work.

Wallooskee-Youngs Confluence Restoration Project Open House
Date: 4-7 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 14
Where: Nehalem Room, Oregon Department of Forestry, 92219 Highway 202, Astoria,
Ore.

At the meeting, there will be no formal presentation. Instead, members of the public can review displays and other materials. Representatives from BPA, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Cowlitz Indian Tribe and Astoria Wetlands will be on hand to answer questions. Public comments will be accepted at the meeting.
Additionally, comments will be accepted through Jan. 27 online at www.bpa.gov/goto/WallooskeeYoungs as well as the following venues:
Mail: Bonneville Power Administration, Public Affairs – DKE, P.O. Box 14428,
Portland, OR 97291-4428
Fax: 503-230-4019
Email: comments@bpa.gov
Phone: 800-622-4519 (toll-free)
Please refer to Wallooskee-Youngs Confluence Restoration Project when leaving a comment.

Strong storm to impact Southwest Washington region

South Bend, WA – The National Weather Service (NWS) in Portland has issued a High Wind Warning for the South Washington Coast. The strongest storm system so far this winter will bring strong wind to our region. The warning is effective from 4:00 p.m. tonight to 10:00 p.m. Saturday. The NWS is forecasting sustained south winds of 35-40 mph, with gusts to 60-75 mph.

The National Weather Service (NWS) in Portland has also issued a High Surf Warning for the South Washington Coast in effect from 4:00 p.m. Saturday to 10:00 a.m. Sunday. The peak surf Saturday evening coincides with high tide and there is potential for some minor coastal flooding.

Precautionary/Preparedness Actions:

A High Wind Warning means that a hazardous high wind event is expected or occurring. Sustained winds of 40 mph or more or gusts of 58 mph or more can lead to property damage.

A High Surf Warning means that dangerously high surf will batter beaches in the advisory area, producing deadly rip currents and minor beach erosion.  Dangerous surf may move large debris items like logs up to beaches. Avoid walking on jetties, rocks, coastal cliff, and along the water’s edge.

Please visit the NWS website at http://www.weather.gov/portland for the most up to date weather information. This page brings up all advisories, watches, and warnings for the Southwest Washington area.

Brusco Tug & Barge’s Wynema Spirit to enhance safety on Grays Harbor

Brusco Tug & Barge’s tractor tugboat, the Wynema Spirit, assists in docking the Diamond Jubilee at Terminal 3 on Thursday Morning. The Wynema Spirit offers 4,000HP, a fire protection system, a rotating propeller system and 101,000lbs of pushing and pulling capability.
Brusco Tug & Barge’s tractor tugboat, the Wynema Spirit, assists in docking the Diamond Jubilee at Terminal 3 on Thursday Morning. The Wynema Spirit offers 4,000HP, a fire protection system, a rotating propeller system and 101,000lbs of pushing and pulling capability.

Hoquiam, WA – Brusco Tug & Barge, the ship-assist service provider at the Port of Grays Harbor, docked the Wynema Spirit in Hoquiam this week. The Wynema Spirit is a 78’ x 31’ ship-assist tug featuring twin Detroit Diesel 1,800 horsepower engines and Ulstein Z-drives. Commonly referred to as a tractor tug, it is one of the most powerful tugboats of its size on the West Coast.
A first for Grays Harbor, the Wynema Spirit also brings onboard fire-fighting capabilities. Its fire pump is capable of shooting 1,800 gallons of water per minute and up to 50 gallons of fire retardant per minute. In addition, the tug also features a rotating propeller system which allows it to move in any direction, including sideways, and rotate 360 degrees. The Wynema Spirit can also push or pull up to 101,000 pounds forward or backwards, a far greater amount than the traditional tugs currently stationed on the harbor.
“We are extremely excited about the enhanced safety capabilities this brings to Grays Harbor” said Executive Director Gary Nelson. “With vessel traffic projections expected to continue to increase, the Wynema Spirit’s features will be a benefit to our community and our customers”.
A second tractor tug, the Peter J, is being constructed for Brusco in Portland and is expected to join the Wynema Spirit on Grays Harbor in early spring 2014. “Brusco is committed to providing our Grays Harbor customers the best ship assist capabilities available,” reports vessel Captain Kevin Campbell. “The placement of the Wynema Spirit increases our capabilities on Grays Harbor to handle the larger vessels that are becoming the norm around the world. We are excited to add her to our fleet of ship assist vessels on Washington’s Coast”.
Founded in 1911, the Port of Grays Harbor is one of Washington State’s oldest port districts and Washington’s only deep-water port located directly on the Pacific Ocean. The Port of Grays Harbor operates four deep-water marine terminals, the Westport Marina, Bowerman Airport and numerous industrial and business parks throughout the region. The addition of Satsop Business Park increases the Port’s properties to more than 1,000 acres of industrial properties and an additional 1,300 acres of sustainably managed forestland. Strategically located midway between Seattle and Portland and less than 1 ½ hours from open sea, the Port of Grays Harbor provides businesses a diverse portfolio of facilities. More information on the Port of Grays Harbor’s facilities and operations is available at portofgraysharbor.com.

Judge approves sale of NewWood Corporation assets to the Port of Grays Harbor

Montesano – The next step for the Port of Grays Harbor in acquiring the assets of former Satsop Business Park tenant NewWood Corporation was achieved on Monday when Superior Court Judge Gordon Godfrey approved the sale of the company’s manufacturing assets in the amount of $1.3 million.
The sale includes the manufacturing equipment that is located in a Port-owned building, as well as the intellectual property on the process of turning scrap plastics into usable building material. New Wood Corporation has been in receivership since November 2012. The sale required that all equipment be free of liens and that personal property taxes owed to Grays Harbor County will be paid from the proceeds of the sale.
The Port of Grays Harbor Commission took action in November to authorize the purchase with the intent to work with companies to find a viable operator for the facility. “We are committed to getting the facility up and running and by purchasing these assets we are in a better position to control our own destiny,” explained Executive Director Gary Nelson.

Founded in 1911, the Port of Grays Harbor is one of Washington State’s oldest port districts and Washington’s only deep-water port located directly on the Pacific Ocean. The Port of Grays Harbor operates four deep-water marine terminals, the Westport Marina, Bowerman Airport and numerous industrial and business parks throughout the region. The addition of Satsop Business Park increases the Port’s properties to more than 1,000 acres of industrial properties and an additional 1,300 acres of sustainably managed forestland. Strategically located midway between Seattle and Portland and less than 1 ½ hours from open sea, the Port of Grays Harbor provides businesses a diverse portfolio of facilities. More information on the Port of Grays Harbor’s facilities and operations is available at portofgraysharbor.com.

Port of Grays Harbor purchases NewWood Corp assets at Satsop Business Park

In conjunction, the Commissioners also granted the Executive Director authority to sign a Letter of Intent (LOI) with NewWood International, LLC, which outlines the terms of a lease and the potential purchase of the equipment and intellectual property. Not associated in any way with the prior tenant, NewWood International is an affiliate of Triventas, a private investment firm based in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, which presented to the Port Commission in June as a potential operator of the facility.

“This approach is the quickest and best way to get the facility up and running, and creating jobs for the region,” commented Gary Nelson, Executive Director. “We are hopeful Triventas will be a good tenant for the facility and bring it into production again in the shortest amount of time possible. Their commitment to success will be a win for all parties.”

“Encouraging the research and development of sustainable products, and getting them to market, is a key component of the Grays Harbor Sustainable Industries Innovation Partnership Zone (GHIPZ) of which the Port is the lead,” explained Alissa Shay, Manager of Business Development at Satsop Business Park. “The opportunity to work with this new partner on this innovative product and see it through commercialization is right in line with the Commissioners’ goals for the GHIPZ. Our hope is that success at this facility will spin into success for other Grays Harbor businesses.”

A component of the Asset Purchase Agreement with Pivotal Solutions is that all equipment be free of liens. A benefit of this is that personal property taxes owed to Grays Harbor County will be paid from the proceeds of the sale.

Satsop Business Park, a facility of the Port of Grays Harbor, is less than 2 hours southwest of Seattle and 2 hours north of Portland. Located in scenic Grays Harbor County in Elma, Washington the 1,800 acre mixed-use business and industrial park is approximately 30 minutes from Olympia and the I-5 Corridor. A part of the Grays Harbor Innovation Partnership Zone, it is home to more than 30 businesses, offers 600 acres of developed, pad-ready land and buildings supported by super-sized infrastructure, surrounded by 1,200 acres of sustainable managed forestland.

High Wind Warning Saturday for South Washington Coast

South Bend, Washington – The National Weather Service (NWS) in Portland has issued a high wind warning for the South Washington Coast in effect from 3:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturday. South winds will increase late tonight to 30 to 40 mph with gusts to 65 mph becoming northwest on Saturday afternoon.

 

Precautionary/Preparedness Actions:

 

A high wind warning means a hazardous high wind event is expected or occurring. Sustained wind speeds of at least 40 mph or gusts of 58 mph or more can lead to property damage.

 

Please visit the NWS website at http://www.weather.gov/portland for the most up to date weather information. This page brings up all advisories, watches, and warnings for the Southwest Washington area.

Harborcrest program at Grays Harbor Community Hospital dedicated to M.D. Bruce Worth

Born Robert “Bruce” Worth in 1949, in Ann Arbor, Michigan, he spent his youth in Washington, D.C. and later Portland, Oregon. He remained in the state to study pre-med at the University of Oregon in Eugene and then attended medical school at the University of Oregon in Portland. He became an intern at the University of California, Los Angeles where he met his wife Bette. The two moved to Grays Harbor in 1980. He took over a family practice in Aberdeen at that time and was soon assigned Medical Director of HarborCrest, CareUnit at that time. In 2008, Worth was awarded Physician of the Year and he continues to serve the community through his family practice and HarborCrest.

The R. Bruce Worth, M.D. Chemical Dependency Treatment Center at HarborCrest has a team of professionals dedicated to assisting with life changes that support long-term sobriety and a drug-free lifestyle. The program and its team have been nationally recognized as an excellent treatment option for those seeking help for their chemical dependencies. In 2012, Professional Research Consultants (PRC) awarded HarborCrest Behavioral Health with the honor of “Top Performer” for Overall Quality of Care of an Inpatient Behavioral Health Unit. This means that amongst other inpatient behavioral health units around the country, HarborCrest ranked the highest in customer satisfaction.

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About Grays Harbor Community Hospital: Grays Harbor Community Hospital (GHCH) Aberdeen, Washington, is a comprehensive regional medical center providing quality care to a community of over 90,000 residents covering the 3,000 square miles of Grays Harbor and Pacific counties.  Established in 1959 Grays Harbor Community Hospital is a 501c 3 nonprofit sole community hospital.  Licensed for 140 beds; services including a level-three trauma designated emergency department, critical care unit, surgical services, and Family Birth Center.  GHCH’s outpatient services include diagnostic imaging, rehabilitation therapies, wound healing center, surgical services, and physician clinics.  Learn more at www.ghchwa.org or www.twitter.com/ghcares.

Satsop Business Park Wastewater Treatment Plant Receives Outstanding Performance Award

 Last year the Satsop Business Park received $4 million in grant funding from the State to upgrade the existing system. Work on the General Sewer Plan is well underway and, once complete, will identify a preferred solution to provide wastewater treatment at the Park. A project to replace portions of the collection system is slated to begin this fall as part of the project.

 

The Satsop Business Park, a facility of the Port of Grays Harbor, is less than 2 hours southwest of Seattle and 2 hours north of Portland.  Located in scenic Grays Harbor County in Elma, Washington the 1,800 acre mixed-use business and industrial park is approximately 30 minutes from Olympia and the I-5 Corridor.  A part of the Grays Harbor Innovation Partnership Zone, the Satsop Business Park is a mixed use office, technology and industrial business park with more than 600 acres of developed, pad-ready land and buildings supported by super-sized infrastructure ready to suit the needs of your business.

Pasha Automotive and Port of Grays Harbor complete paving project

John Pasha, Senior Vice President, Pasha Automotive Services, says, “Development at Grays is driving at a fierce pace. We now have a perfect entrée for Mexico short sea and landbridge imports, as well as a unique platform to expedite Ro-Ro exports and imports through the Pacific Northwest.”

Pasha further notes that employment has also grown exponentially. “We have added two I-CAR certified paint technicians and 12 experienced accessory installers to its local labor force roster. Over 140 employees provide a variety of skills from rail unloading to full body shop and accessory programs.” A partnership with Grays Harbor College, which boasts a first class automotive technical training center, has led to ‘on terminal training’ for local apprentices.

Founded in 1911, the Port of Grays Harbor is one of Washington State’s oldest port districts and Washington’s only deep-water port located directly on the Pacific Ocean. Strategically located midway between Seattle and Portland and less than 1 ½ hours from open sea, the Port of Grays Harbor provides businesses a diverse portfolio of facilities. More information on the Port of Grays Harbor’s facilities and operations is available at portofgraysharbor.com.

As part of The Pasha Group, Pasha Automotive Services provides seamless automotive transportation solutions throughout North America with state-of-the-art port, distribution, and service facilities. Pasha meets a full range of distribution solutions for manufacturers of new vehicles and shippers of pre-owned vehicles. The Pasha Group, founded in 1947, is a global logistics and transportation services company providing total supply-chain management for finished and privately owned vehicles, marine terminal management and stevedoring, relocation services for the government and military members, and international logistics management for general commodity/project cargos. For more information, please visit pashagroup.com.

Cantwell, FAA Announce Groundbreaking Hub to Launch New Era in Jet Biofuels Development

Cantwell, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and the entire Washington delegation sent a letter to the FAA in April supporting WSU’s proposal.

Cantwell wrote language to create the new FAA Center of Excellence in the FAA reauthorization bill of 2012. The announcement marks a major FAA long-term public-private investment in jet biofuel research, with the new Center of Excellence in Alternative Jet Fuels and Environment funded at $40 million over the next 10 years. It will be matched 1-to-1 with $40 million from industry partners.

The coalition of 16 universities and 26 industry and federal partners and stakeholders includes numerous members in Washington state: the University of Washington, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Alaska Airlines, Boeing, Weyerhaeuser, the Port of Seattle, Spokane International Airport, Imperium Renewables and InnovaTek.

“As the longtime home of our nation’s aerospace industry, Washington state has always been on the cutting edge of new technology that makes American planes better, safer, and more efficient, and I’m thrilled Washington State University will continue that proud tradition as home for the new Air Transportation Center of Excellence for alternate jet fuels and the environment,” said Senator Patty Murray. “Developing new alternative jet fuels is crucial for the airline industry, our military, and our environment, and the FAA made the right decision to base this important research where it belongs, in Washington state.”

As the Chair of the Senate Appropriations Transportation Subcommittee, Senator Murray has fought to include funding for the Air Transportation Center of Excellence in the Senate spending bill two years in row. Throughout the selection process, Senator Murray spoke directly with FAA Administrator Huerta several times to advocate on behalf of WSU’s application.

For more than a decade, WSU has provided technical leadership to the Pacific Northwest region and to the nation in alternative fuels for aircraft. The WSU team will focus on feedstock development, sustainable forest production and establishing new methods to identify the most promising plant lines for biofuel conversion.

“Washington state is already the aerospace capital of the world,” said Rep. Rick Larsen, WA-02, the top Democrat on the House Aviation Subcommittee. “This national center of excellence will put people to work making our state the base for innovation that will reshape aviation in the 21st century. The center will combine our state’s unmatched strength in aviation engineering with our unrivaled commitment to protecting the environment.”

The top 40 airports around the country use approximately 90 percent of America’s jet fuel. The Center will coordinate a regional approach to meet the needs of different hubs across the country. WSU and the other universities chosen as partners have expertise and experience with woody biomass feedstocks of native trees to their respective regions.

“We thank Senator Maria Cantwell for her leadership in making the FAA Center of Excellence a reality. It’s terrific win for Washington State University and the Pacific Northwest, and it further validates our region as the leader in the development of sustainable aviation biofuel,” said Mike Bair, Vice President of Marketing and Business Development for Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “State-of-the-art research conducted by the Center of Excellence will advance the commercialization of aviation biofuel. This fuel will play a crucial role in supporting our industry’s long-term growth while reducing its carbon emissions.”

“Airlines for America is a strong proponent of increasing our nation’s energy security and developing sustainable alternative aviation fuels,” said Nicholas E. Calio, President and CEO of Airlines for America. “We applaud the efforts of Sen. Cantwell, who is a longtime advocate for jet biofuels and their potential for the aviation sector.”

“We are thrilled to learn the FAA has selected Washington State University to lead the Center of Excellence, and we thank Senator Cantwell for her leadership in making this possible. With this investment, our region will continue to play a critical role in advancing the development of aviation biofuels,” said Keith Loveless, Alaska Air Group’s executive vice president and general counsel and executive sponsor of Alaska’s sustainability program. “Using sustainable aviation fuels reflects our commitment to be the industry leader in environmental stewardship.”

“Washington state is poised to lead the nation is tackling this critical scientific challenge,” Cantwell continued. “Biofuel research brings together Washington state’s leaders in aviation, innovation and agriculture. This Center will propel Washington state’s innovation economy to the forefront of the emerging biofuels industry.”

WSU President Elson S. Floyd said that “competing for and winning the Center of Excellence designation reaffirms the State of Washington and Washington State University as international leaders in aviation and the development of alternative jet fuels. We, along with our university and industry partners, stand ready to deliver the new science, advanced technology and educated workforce the industry will need to be globally competitive. I especially want to thank Sens. Cantwell and Murray, and our entire Congressional delegation for their support of our proposal for the center designation.”

“The airlines are looking for ways to reduce their greenhouse gas footprint, and this center of excellence will play a big role in doing just that,” said John Holladay, manager of the Biomass Sector at PNNL.

Washington state is home to leaders in the research, development and use of aviation biofuels. Notable successes include:
In July 2010, Boeing, Alaska Airlines, the operators of the region’s three largest airports – Port of Seattle, Port of Portland and Spokane International Airport, and Washington State University launched Sustainable Aviation Fuels Northwest. The coalition is the nation’s first regional stakeholder effort to explore the opportunities of aviation biofuels.
In September 2011, a research team led by WSU received a $40 million USDA grant to convert closed timber mills into bioenergy development centers. The UW also received a $40 million USDA grant to research the use of sustainably grown woody energy crops to produce bio-gasoline and renewable aviation fuel.
In November 2011, Alaska Air conducted 75 commercial flights over a two-week period in which each plane used a 20 percent mixture of aviation biofuel.

Cantwell, along with Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), introduced legislation in May 2011 to extend the length of contracts between the Department of Defense and biofuel producers from the current limit of 5 years to 15 years. Allowing for longer-term contracts with the largest single consumer of energy in the country would help companies in Washington state to obtain the financing they need to grow their operations.