West Seattle Blog... » West Seattle beaches http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Sat, 25 Apr 2015 13:16:01 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 West Seattle Earth Day scenes: Alki Beach cleanup http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/west-seattle-earth-day-scenes-alki-beach-cleanup/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/west-seattle-earth-day-scenes-alki-beach-cleanup/#comments Thu, 23 Apr 2015 00:52:43 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=307976

(WSB photos)
Beautiful day for a beach cleanup! As promised, the Surfrider Foundation‘s Seattle chapter was out at Alki on this Earth Day afternoon, with volunteers picking up trash.

The special focus is on cigarette debris left behind, as this sidewalk message pointed out:

Read more about that campaign on this Surfrider Foundation page.

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Heads up if you walk, run, and/or ride to/from Alki Beach: Repair work ahead at 53rd Avenue Pump Station http://westseattleblog.com/2015/03/heads-up-if-you-walk-run-andor-ride-tofrom-alki-beach-repair-work-ahead-at-53rd-avenue-pump-station/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/03/heads-up-if-you-walk-run-andor-ride-tofrom-alki-beach-repair-work-ahead-at-53rd-avenue-pump-station/#comments Wed, 04 Mar 2015 19:14:05 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=302800

Sidewalk detours and a bus-stop move are ahead next week with repair work at the 53rd Avenue Pump Station on Alki Beach. We just received the official notice from the county Wastewater Treatment Division – you can scroll through it above (or read it here, as a PDF). The county expects work to start next week and last up to a week.

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VIDEO: Why Seal Sitters filled in as Otter Sitters for a while http://westseattleblog.com/2015/02/video-why-seal-sitters-filled-in-as-otter-sitters-for-a-while/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/02/video-why-seal-sitters-filled-in-as-otter-sitters-for-a-while/#comments Sun, 22 Feb 2015 01:58:17 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=301709

Thanks to David Hutchinson for sharing the video of a river otter (yes, the otters you see here are RIVER otters, not sea otters, which stick to the open ocean). He explains:

The otter was responded to by Seal Sitters earlier this month at Duwamish Head. While not classified as a marine mammal, our theme is “Share the Shore,” so volunteers kept an eye on him while he was using the beach. Thought you might also want to take a look at him going through his normal grooming routine.

Drive carefully on Harbor and Alki Avenues, because river otters do cross the road, as we’ve noted here before – their “dens” are generally inland, but they go out into Puget Sound looking for food.

P.S. Speaking of Seal Sitters, if you’d like to volunteer with the group, sign up ASAP for the next training session – four weeks from tomorrow, March 22nd, but spots are limited and usually fill up in advance. All the info you need is here.

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Followup: Repairs finished, early, at Lowman Beach Park http://westseattleblog.com/2015/02/followup-repairs-finished-early-at-lowman-beach-park/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/02/followup-repairs-finished-early-at-lowman-beach-park/#comments Mon, 09 Feb 2015 23:31:22 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=300615

(Photo courtesy SPU)
Update from Seattle Public Utilities: Repair work has finished early for the culvert that carries Pelly Creek and storm drainage to the outfall in the north section of the Lowman Beach Park seawall. The work started last Wednesday, was projected to last up to 10 working days, but was complete by this morning, according to Elaine Leung of SPU. Engineers will continue to survey the seawall weekly for the next few months.

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Help teach about the beach! Be a volunteer naturalist this year http://westseattleblog.com/2015/02/help-teach-about-the-beach-be-a-volunteer-naturalist-this-year/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/02/help-teach-about-the-beach-be-a-volunteer-naturalist-this-year/#comments Sun, 08 Feb 2015 03:02:16 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=300463

(Photo by Greg, Constellation Park, 2012
Love to tide-walk? Do it as a volunteer beach naturalist this year! Here’s the official call for volunteers:

Volunteer with the Seattle Aquarium at a beach near you!

Why do barnacles stand on their heads? What do sea stars like to eat? How do moon snails lay their eggs? Learn to answer these and other fun questions by volunteering as a Seattle Aquarium Beach Naturalist this summer. Naturalists receive training in the spring, and then spend three low tide days educating beach visitors about inter-tidal life and beach etiquette at one of eleven Puget Sound beaches, including Constellation Park and Lincoln Beach in West Seattle. Training begins on March 10.

If interested, please email beachnaturalist@seattleaquarium.org, call (206) 386-4365 or visit www.seattleaquarium.org/beach-naturalist.

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Update: Lowman Beach Park culvert repairs start tomorrow http://westseattleblog.com/2015/02/update-lowman-beach-park-culvert-repairs-start-tomorrow/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/02/update-lowman-beach-park-culvert-repairs-start-tomorrow/#comments Tue, 03 Feb 2015 20:40:52 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=300074 Seattle Public Utilities has a new start date for culvert repairs at Lowman Beach Park: Tomorrow (February 4th). As noted here last week, the work originally was expected to start before the end of January. The basics:

Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) will be making repairs to a culvert located at Lowman Beach Park. The culvert conveys Pelly Creek and storm drainage to the outfall west of the tennis court at the park. The culvert at this location is damaged and requires repair to stop erosion of the surrounding soil. The repair work consists of excavating a portion of the damaged pipeline, repairing the broken pipe, and backfilling to surrounding grade.

The project will take about two weeks – 10 working days – with work expected to run 7 am-6 pm, Monday-Friday. Crews will access via the service road on the south side of the park. Meantime, the weekly seawall surveys promised by SPU as part of this already have begun and will continue for about three months.

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‘King tides’ later this week: Times, heights, viewing events http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/king-tides-later-this-week-times-heights-viewing-events/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/king-tides-later-this-week-times-heights-viewing-events/#comments Tue, 20 Jan 2015 23:12:41 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=298725

(WSB photo, taken Saturday)
We noticed those sandbags at Alki Bathhouse over the weekend, apparently awaiting the next round of “king tides,” the very-high high tides that happen a few times in winter. They’re coming up later this week; according to our favorite tide chart (aside from the short-range one on the WSB Weather page, that is), they are:

* 12.8 feet, 5:54 am Wednesday, January 21
* 13.0 feet, 6:31 am Thursday, January 22
* 13.2 feet, 7:10 am Friday, January 23
* 13.2 feet, 7:50 am Saturday, January 24
* 13.0 feet, 8:32 am Sunday, January 25

The Alki/Beach Drive/Harbor Avenue shores are classic places to go see the high water in West Seattle; you can also see the tides’ effects on the Duwamish River by joining either or both of two events, Friday and Saturday mornings – details are on our partner site The South Park News. Right now, the forecast is rainy, but not windy, so you’re not likely to see anything too dramatic, certainly not like last November!

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You can help! Students cleaning up Lincoln Park beach Saturday afternoon welcome community support http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/you-can-help-students-cleaning-up-lincoln-park-beach-saturday-afternoon-welcome-community-support/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/you-can-help-students-cleaning-up-lincoln-park-beach-saturday-afternoon-welcome-community-support/#comments Wed, 14 Jan 2015 05:05:06 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=298068 Chief Sealth International High School ninth-grader Jessica e-mailed to say she and a group of classmates plan a beach cleanup on Saturday afternoon, and that your help is welcome:

For my Language Arts class, we are working on ways to spread awareness about ocean plastic pollution. My group chose to pick up trash at the beach in Lincoln Park. We’ll be there on January 17th around 12 to 4 pm. … We’d love to get help and have the community get involved! We’ll be by the picnic shelter north of the bathrooms.

Sincerely,
Jessica, Alyssa, Hamdi, ZamZam, and Nathalie (Chief Sealth students)

If you’d like to share their invitation, remember that hovering over the “ShareThis” icon below any WSB stories gives you options for social-media sharing on a wide variety of services or even just e-mailing the link (click the three-dot icon).

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VIDEO: West Seattle New Year’s Day 2015 Polar Bear Swim! http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/video-west-seattle-new-years-day-2015-polar-bear-swim/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/video-west-seattle-new-years-day-2015-polar-bear-swim/#comments Thu, 01 Jan 2015 23:15:56 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=296907

(WSB video/photos, unless otherwise credited)
Though the New Year had arrived 10 hours earlier, for hundreds, it wasn’t 2015 until the annual Polar Bear Swim at Alki Beach. This year, the water was warmer than the air – ~50 degrees and 32 degrees respectively. Whatever the temperature or weather conditions, some wouldn’t miss it, like Kayleen Dunson and her fellow softball umpires (join them on the field this year!), with the morning’s most-patriotic photo op:

Water-testing was called for, too.

Of course, Seahawks fans were in view …

… after on-the-beach decorating:

Not as many costumed swimmers this year, but festive hats were in evidence:

(That photo and next by Russ Walker, whose Flickr gallery is here)

Big smiles too – this one’s from Frank Gross of Thunder Road Guitars (WSB sponsor):

Finally it was time for the countdown – here’s organizer Mark Ufkes with the megaphone:

And … they’re off!

(Photo by Craig Young)
Post-plunge, organizer Ufkes was of course among those emerging triumphantly:

Spectators caught it all:

Awaiting the newly soaked Polar Bears, chowder from Duke’s across the street, and info about the Southwest Seattle Historical Society‘s upcoming Totem Cruise:

(Photo courtesy SWSHS/Clay Eals)
That’s SWSHS volunteer Liz Day in the foreground; in the background, Duke’s GM Greg Green and server Autumn Kline with the chowder. Whether you swam, stayed on shore, or stayed home, a Happy 2015 to all!

Past years’ WSB coverage:
2014
2013
2012
2011
2010

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How Seal Sitters volunteers (and a pup) spent Christmas Day http://westseattleblog.com/2014/12/how-seal-sitters-volunteers-and-a-pup-spent-christmas-day/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/12/how-seal-sitters-volunteers-and-a-pup-spent-christmas-day/#comments Sat, 27 Dec 2014 22:26:46 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=296500 One more story in keeping with what seems to be today’s theme (water/beaches/wildlife):

At midday on Christmas, Marianne sent word that Seal Sitters were out on the beach at Lincoln Park, guarding a pup. Before we could get out of the house, she sent the photo you see above, with a followup – the seal had returned to the water shortly after SS responder Dana arrived. That wasn’t the end of the story, though. We finally went to Lincoln Park for a walk (which resulted in these pictures) shortly before sunset. As we entered from the Lowman side, we passed the Seal Sitters group (including David and Eilene Hutchinson, recognizable from so many other volunteer endeavors) departing – seems the pup had made a comeback for a while. And now, you can read the full story of seal pup Silverbell and the humans who helped it, via the newest update on the Seal Sitters “Blubberblog.”

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No ‘king tide’ drama on West Seattle shores this time around http://westseattleblog.com/2014/12/no-king-tide-drama-on-west-seattle-shores-this-time-around/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/12/no-king-tide-drama-on-west-seattle-shores-this-time-around/#comments Fri, 26 Dec 2014 17:51:45 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=296386

As noted here last night, we’re in the midst of three days at which the morning high tides are part of this year’s “king tides.” So we went out today to see what that might bring. The photo above, from Seacrest, was about as dramatic as it got. (added) At nearby Don Armeni, the water was almost up to parking lot/drive-path level:

We checked Alki a few minutes later, and the water wasn’t even over the seawall – see for yourself in this video shared by Joe Szilagyi, who was also out investigating:

Nothing at all like the wind-fueled post-Thanksgiving sights on Alki (and no doubt waterfront residents are relieved!). Tomorrow morning’s high tide, just after 9 am, will also be 13 feet, and that’s it for the official “king tides” until a stretch in January.

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‘King tides’ continue in our area tomorrow morning and Saturday http://westseattleblog.com/2014/12/king-tides-continue-in-our-area-tomorrow-morning-saturday/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/12/king-tides-continue-in-our-area-tomorrow-morning-saturday/#comments Fri, 26 Dec 2014 06:35:56 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=296363

(Photos taken Christmas evening at Lincoln Park, by WSB’s Patrick Sand)
Lots of people out walking the shoreline in Lincoln Park just before tonight’s sunset. If you’re looking for a reason to go out for a walk tomorrow morning, here’s one: The “king tides” are back, and tomorrow is the second of three mornings bringing the highest tide of the month – 13 feet tomorrow, at 8:22 am. With calm weather expected, you might even see someone out for a closer look.

Whatever you see during the “king tides” these next two mornings (and during another round in late January), the state would love to see your photos – as explained here.

(Just to be clear, this round of “king tides” is arriving in the morning; our photos were taken today at Lincoln Park around 4 pm, when the tide was about as close to average as it can get, not high, not low.)

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West Seattle Christmas scene: A ‘tree’ on Alki Beach http://westseattleblog.com/2014/12/west-seattle-christmas-scene-a-tree-on-alki-beach/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/12/west-seattle-christmas-scene-a-tree-on-alki-beach/#comments Thu, 25 Dec 2014 23:19:27 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=296344

Thanks to Don Brubeck for sharing the photo of that Christmasy creation on Alki – and thanks to the artist (whoever you are) for creating it!

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Low-low tide tonight, ‘coastal flood advisory’ Tuesday morning http://westseattleblog.com/2014/12/low-low-tide-tonight-coastal-flood-advisory-tomorrow-morning/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/12/low-low-tide-tonight-coastal-flood-advisory-tomorrow-morning/#comments Tue, 23 Dec 2014 04:40:50 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=296162 Another round of tidal extremes has arrived – if you’re up for a late-night low-tide walk, it’s the lowest tide of the month just after 11 pm (-2.7), and almost that low tomorrow night (-2.5) at quarter till midnight. The morning high tides this week are the “king tides” awaited each year, and the <strong>National Weather Service has a Coastal Flood Advisory out for some possible overflow tomorrow: The predicted high tide is 12.6 feet at 6:19 am tomorrow, building toward 13.0 high tides at 7:39 am on Christmas Day (that’ll be the morning high tide for the two days afterward, too). Read more about it on the city’s Convergence Zone website.

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Comment time for $2.3 million seawall replacement along Beach Drive http://westseattleblog.com/2014/12/comment-time-for-2-3-million-seawall-replacement-along-beach-drive/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/12/comment-time-for-2-3-million-seawall-replacement-along-beach-drive/#comments Fri, 19 Dec 2014 17:44:22 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=295824

That 475-foot stretch of seawall at Emma Schmitz Overlook along Beach Drive is set for replacement in the next few years – but the city and federal agencies working on it are looking for public comment right now. Beach Drive Blog has been following the plans for the project, and this morning, the official news release from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has arrived:

The U.S Army Corps of Engineers, Seattle District, has partnered with the City of Seattle Parks and Recreation Department to design and implement a coastal storm damage reduction project under Section 103 of the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1962, as amended. The public comment period for this project runs through Dec. 31.

Emma Schmitz Overlook is located at 4503 Beach Drive SW, south of Alki Point in Seattle. The site includes a seawall built around 1927 that has deteriorated over time. Currently coastal storms and erosion threaten public infrastructure located in and around the seawall, including a 54-inch King County sewer main, a major public arterial, city park property and other underground utilities. The recommended plan includes construction of a soldier pile seawall parallel to the shoreline throughout the study area. The new seawall would be a few feet higher and seaward of the existing seawall. This would provide protection against damages caused by coastal storm events that occur in Puget Sound.

In 1998, the City of Seattle was prompted to take emergency action to stabilize the shoreline to the north of the proposed federal project when storm waves resulted in the failure of a similar section of existing seawall and subsequent erosion of shoreline protection that threatened utilities, roadways, and public lands. The city completed permanent emergency repairs on this adjacent site which is not included in the scope of the proposed Federal project.

The recommended plan was chosen because it has the least environmental impact, was the least cost alternative and meets all project purposes. It includes construction of a soldier pile wall parallel to the shoreline throughout the study area. Coordination with resource agencies and federal tribes is ongoing and preliminary indications expect a concurrence with the project.

The implementation cost of the recommended plan is estimated to be $2.29 million and will be cost-shared with 65 percent federal ($1,488,000) funds and 35 percent non-federal ($801,000) funds. The non-federal sponsor, Seattle Parks and Recreation, is responsible for all lands, easements, right-of-ways, relocations, and/or disposal areas which are controlled by the sponsor. Economic analysis suggests the project could prevent millions of dollars of physical and non-physical damages, resulting on a positive benefit-cost ratio.

Submit comments to this office, Attn: Environmental and Cultural Resources Branch, no later than December 31, 2014 to ensure consideration. In addition to sending comments via mail, comments may be e-mailed to Melissa.L.Leslie@usace.army.mil. The Notice of Availability and Detailed Project Report/Environmental Assessment can be found at (this) website.

Requests for additional information should be directed to Ms. Melissa Leslie at 206-764-6587, or the above e-mail address.

The two documents mentioned above are the first two on the website the announcement points you to; both include “Alki” in the name, though they are on the west-facing Beach Drive shore.

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