Saturday, August 25, 2012

Countdown To CAOmageddon: Flaw #23 - Exposure Miscalculation

As mentioned in the previous post, a significant factor related to "ecological risk" is the exposure pathway of stressors to receptors, which are conceptualized as "exposure scenarios."

Exposure scenarios consist of a qualitative description of exposure routes:  how various ecological components co-occur with or contact stressors. Exposure scenarios describe how an exposure may take place, including exposure setting, stressor characteristics, and activities that may lead to exposure.

Listen to Dr. David Hyde describe our marine ecosystem in these islands, and ask yourself whether the exposure scenario for our marine environment is dominated by exposure routes related to San Juan County, or by those from elsewhere.


  1. When will the CC see this? Won't that be interesting....

  2. There are definitely some dominating exposure pathways from elsewhere to serious risks that affect us here but they are political, the Friends and their Friends are the stressors. Our communities and rural character should be on the endangered species list.

    Give us a bloody break. It takes 6-8 weeks to flush out lower Puget Sound and a half day or so to flush out the islands from waters generally to the north of us.

    And we whine about nonexistant feeder bluffs when there are some of the planet's largest moving underwater sand dunes around us depositing sediment on our beaches all the time?

    And none of the real science was included in our $100,000 Best Available Science "synthesis" written by some guy who's real academic appointment might be characterized as Junior Lab Assistant lacking office, phone or business card?

    And our County Council sits and stares wall-eyed and struck dumb like an American Camp bunny in the head-lights wondering what all this might possibly mean?

    And they are about to do what to us?

  3. Emmanuel GoldsteinAugust 26, 2012 at 4:00 PM

    "In Oceania at the present day, Science, in the old sense, has almost ceased to exist. In Newspeak there is no word for 'Science.' The empirical method of thought, on which all the scientific achievements of the past were founded, is opposed to the most fundamental principles of Ingsoc." - George Orwell, 1984

  4. I fish a lot, our water moves a lot. Do you want a fish?

    Current, not tide.

    After bringing our boat from Orcas to Sydney then through the Gulf Islands to Desolation and then back from Desolation Sound to Orcas via the straights all the way this summer all I can say is that everyone that thinks that this new regulation will make one bit of difference needs to GET ON A BOAT AND OPEN THEIR EYES.

    Georgia Straights is MASSIVE!
    The Frazier is MASSIVE!

    You CAN SEE IT!

    We are at the south end of this whole system.

    BRAVO! This post gets to the point. Our Islands have nothing to do with Olympia water.