Thursday, November 04, 2010

Make hay

We threw off obligations for an afternoon and had a lovely walk on an extremely rare warm November day; one of those urban hikes we can take around here without having to drive all over the place. Swell views of Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains across the way; no harbor seal pups visible, due to the rising tide.
We had another one last weekend, happening to pass by the University of Washington Fisheries Department's salmon spawning pond. For decades it's been used to house a salmon run, and school kids and other people have been observing the harvest of eggs and milt for the next year's hatch; bloody and shocking, but interesting. The fisheries folks would take care of the eggs and hatchlings, schools would take some back to raise in tanks, then release them in the spring into a nearby water source to head out. No more; budget woes dictated its demise, to the tune of a $60,000 savings. We watched the huge fish swirling around the pond for the last time, and I had to wonder about the handcart to hell.

2 Comments:

Blogger TaraDharma said...

That 60k is at least half of a fat cat administrator's salary. Oh well, better to delete an entire program that one redundant pencil pusher. Sheesh.

8:57 PM  
Blogger isabelita said...

This state has been chintzy on education funding, mostly because it won't go after the big corporations for their fair share of taxes.
Big surprise.

10:44 AM  

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