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View north from Butchart Cove to Brentwood Bay and beyond up Saanich Inlet.  Off the floats are free mooring buoys maintained for visitors to Butchart Gardens. (Photo by Thomas Kuo)

The restoration of Tod Inlet

Tod Inlet on the Saanich Peninsula south of Brentwood Bay is known for its incomparable protection, as well as the classy shoreside entertainments found at nearby Butchart Gardens, ranking it high on most cruisers’ list of preferred anchorages. Tranquility is its middle name, the sort of place where there is little need to worry, least […]

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Sun sets on the Montlake Cut separating lakes Washington and Union

Army Corps raising lakes to summer levels early

For the second consecutive year, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officials will raise lakes Washington and Union earlier than typical to the target summer 22-foot elevation due to lower than normal inflows. After a really good start, the lake is currently at elevation 21.8 feet, typical for early May and consistent with normal annual operations. […]

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A 26-foot cabin cruiser sits partially submerged near Richmond Beach, Wash., March 7, 2016.
Coast Guard personnel from Sector Puget Sound, in Seattle, are on scene monitoring cleanup and salvage operations.
U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Station Seattle.

USCG responds to sunken vessel off Richmond Beach, works to mitigate environmental impact

Anyone recognize this boat? In what seems to be the case of yet another derelict vessel washing ashore in Puget Sound waters, the USCG worked quickly on Monday morning to switch from a possible search and rescue to an environmental cleanup and salvage. First responders smelled diesel near the 26-foot powerboat that sank off Richmond Beach and […]

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