Pump Station #39 project under way @ 5000 block of Beach Drive

Construction for placing a permanent diesel generator at SPU Pump Station #39 is well under way. It’s the last of 9 pump sites recently granted a permanent solution for keeping the sewage flowing during a power outage. Several other sites around the city  require portable generators to be hauled in during outages.

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This project required a City Council vote early this year to approve the proposed “shallow” set-back from the sidewalk. The proposed location of the generator is actually a compromise helped along by effected neighbors that didn’t want the generator located further up the hill. Their first choice, along with others along the drive would be to have the entire project located underground. This would cost approx 3 times as much as the proposed so it appears a fair compromise was worked out. Other compromises worked out by our local neighbors include an eight foot wood fence rather than the standard 6′ chain-link and that the generator is only run/tested once every month for 30 minutes rather than the weekly noise which is standard elsewhere.

Rumor has it, some neighbors were actively working on making this one of Seattle’s new “pocket parks“.

 

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The station was originally installed in 1959 and is located on city of Seattle property.

Scupper, reporting for Beach Drive Blog

Tis the season for wind, waves and rain

I was caught on the West Seattle Bridge late this afternoon in an amazing display of Mother Nature’s force. It was more rain, wind and water than I have ever witnessed on the bridge. I’m very glad to be home!

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Meet Beach Naturalist at Constellation Park and Lincoln Park

Meet Beach Naturalist (they’ll be wearing red hats) from Seattle Aquarium at Constellation Park and Lincoln Park beaches

  • Saturday, July 20th: 9:30 am – 11:30 am
  • Sunday, July 21st: 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
  • Monday, July 22nd: 10:00 am – 1:30 pm
  • Tuesday, July 23rd: 10:30 am – 1:30 pm

Meet Beach Naturalist at Constellation Park and Lincoln Park Beaches

Meet Beach Naturalist (they’ll be wearing red hats) from Seattle Aquarium at Constellation Park and Lincoln Park beaches

  • Saturday, July 6th: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Sunday, July 7 th: 10:am – 12:30 pm

Meet Beach Naturalist at Constellation Park and Lincoln Park

Meet Beach Naturalist (they’ll be wearing red hats) from Seattle Aquarium at Constellation Park and Lincoln Park beaches

  • Saturday, June 22nd:  10:00 am – 1:30 pm
  • Sunday, June 23rd: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
  • Monday, June 24th: 10:30 am – 2:30 pm
  • Tuesday, June 25th: 11:30 am – 3:30 pm
  • Wednesday, June 26th: 11:30 am – 2:30 pm

Join Beach Naturalist from Seattle Aquarium

Meet Beach Naturalist (they’ll be wearing red hats) from Seattle Aquarium at Constellation Park and Lincoln Park beaches:

  • Thursday, June 6th:  9:30 am -12:00 pm
  • Friday, June 7th: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
  • Saturday, June 8th:  10:30 am – 1:00 pm
  • Sunday, June 9th: 11:00 am – 1:30 pm

 

Ya Otter not swim in that orange stuff…

As I was un-admiring the creamsicle bloom just south of Emma Schmitz View Point, I spotted this fast approaching critter heading north along the beach.

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Sure enough, the River Otter headed right for the muck! (Noctiluca blooms are not harmful to pets, us or wildlife)

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…and onto the beach for a stroll

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“What?? wanna watch me roll on my back & have a good ol’ belly scratch?”

 

 

Scupper, reporting for Beach Drive Blog

Very Low and High Tides

We are experiencing some of the lowest tides of the year this Memorial Day weekend.

Today, Sunday, May 26:

  • -3.6 at 12:23 pm
  • 12.25 at 7:40 pm

Memorial Day, Monday, May 27:

  • 6.41 at 1:09 am
  • 11.06 at 6:09 am
  • -3.4 at 1:11 pm
  • 12.36 at 8:29 pm

You can meet beach naturalist from the Seattle Aquarium (they’ll be wearing red hats) at Constellation Park or Lincoln Park today and tomorrow from:

  • Sunday, May 26: 10:30 am – 2:30 pm
  • Monday, May 27: 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Happy Memorial Day!

Watch for spectacular “spray” tomorrow on Beach Drive

Mother Nature’s elements are lining up for quite the show after mid-night tonight & through Friday afternoon. A marine forecast calling for near gale force winds combined with tides ranging from 6 to 10 feet is the recipe for huge spray coming off Beach Drive bulkheads. Unlike last December’s storm which flooded several homes along the coastline, tomorrow’s tides are several feet lower.

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Photo compliments of David Rosen from last December’s big storm

Great spots to get wet include Emma Schmitz Memorial Overlook and Charles Richey Sr View Point (Constellation Park).

Scupper, reporting for Beach Drive Blog

Wet and Windy and…of course… Waves

The National Weather Service has issued a Wind Advisory through 4:00 am Wednesday morning. We’re currently heading towards a low tide. However at around 3:00 am, an 11 foot tide is predicted with high tide of 11.2 at 3:45 am Wednesday.  The National Weather Service has the winds peaking around midnight, which looks to be around 6:00 ft and should hopefully be a “non-event”.

Here is the Puget Sound Marine forecast:

PZZ135-090830-
PUGET SOUND AND HOOD CANAL-
317 PM PST TUE JAN 8 2013


…GALE WARNING IN EFFECT THROUGH LATE TONIGHT…
TONIGHT…S WIND 25 TO 35 KT…EASING TO 20 TO 30 KT. WIND WAVES 4 TO 6 FT. RAIN.

WED…SW WIND 15 TO 25 KT. WIND WAVES 2 TO 4 FT. RAIN IN THE MORNING…THEN SHOWERS LIKELY.

WED NIGHT…W WIND 10 TO 20 KT…BECOMING SW 5 TO 15 KT. WIND WAVES 1 FT OR LESS. A CHANCE OF SHOWERS. A CHANCE OF SNOW SHOWERS.

National Weather Service Wind Advisory

…WIND ADVISORY NOW IN EFFECT UNTIL 4 AM PST WEDNESDAY…

* SOME AFFECTED LOCATIONS…SEATTLE…BREMERTON…BELLEVUE…
  TACOMA…OLYMPIA…FORKS…HOQUIAM…AND THE LAKE LAWRENCE AREA
  IN THURSTON COUNTY.

* TIMING…SOUTHERLY WINDS WILL INCREASE THIS EVENING AND PEAK
  AROUND MIDNIGHT.

* WIND…LOCAL SUSTAINED WINDS OF 20 TO 35 MPH AND GUSTS OF 45 TO
  50 MPH ARE LIKELY.

* IMPACTS…WHILE WINDS OF THIS STRENGTH SHOULD NOT CAUSE
  WIDESPREAD DAMAGE…THEY CAN BRING DOWN SMALL TREES AND
  BRANCHES. LOCAL POWER OUTAGES ARE POSSIBLE.

Seattle Area Forecast 

SEATTLE/BREMERTON AREA-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF…SEATTLE…BREMERTON…SILVERDALE…
FEDERAL WAY…KENT
330 PM PST TUE JAN 8 2013

 

…WIND ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 4 AM PST WEDNESDAY…
TONIGHT…WINDY…RAIN. RAIN MAY BE HEAVY AT TIMES AFTER MIDNIGHT. LOWS IN THE UPPER 30S TO MID 40S. SOUTH WIND 15 TO 30 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 45 MPH

WEDNESDAY…RAIN AT TIMES IN THE MORNING…THEN RAIN SHOWERS LIKELY IN THE AFTERNOON. HIGHS IN THE 40S. SOUTHWEST WIND 10 TO 20 MPH.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT…CLOUDY. A CHANCE OF RAIN SHOWERS IN THE EVENING… THEN A CHANCE OF RAIN AND SNOW SHOWERS AFTER MIDNIGHT. SNOW LEVEL NEAR 500 FEET AFTER MIDNIGHT. LOWS IN THE LOWER TO MID 30S. SOUTH WIND 10 TO 15 MPH DECREASING TO 10 MPH OR LESS AFTER MIDNIGHT.