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The origin story of a project to lure Caspian terns to several barren islands in the South Bay Salt Pond Habitat Restoration Project stretches all the way to the mouth of the Columbia River in Washington. This bird story that turns out to be a fish tale shows what can happen when multiple agencies and...
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The 2017 update to the Central Valley Flood Protection Plan, to be released later this summer, radically revises the flood control strategies that have prevailed for more than a century. The plan recognizes the connections between the flood system, the water system and the ecosystem, and relies less on levees and more on floodplain restoration...
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Community Conservation Solutions is piloting a new analytical tool that not only taps an untapped local water supply — the 969 miles of metropolitan storm drains in Los Angeles — but also has the metrics to earn carbon credits for doing so. “It’s very practical, you just stick your straw in the local water source rather than...
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Former Chronicle reporter Jane Kay spent a year exploring the San Francisco Bay’s 1,000-mile shoreline, focusing on efforts to restore the balance of the bay she loves. She reports that the rising seas and intensified storm surges of climate change may be mitigated by natural buffers, including tidal marsh from reclaimed hayfields and commercial salt...
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Delta smelt and Delta pumps – never the twain shall meet. That’s the bargain struck between wildlife managers and those who supply the State Water Project and southland communities. But preventing this endangered fish from being sucked in by the Tracy pumps requires keeping tabs on its whereabouts. And previous smelt survey methods weren’t cutting...
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Red tides have long stumped scientists with their apparently random appearance. But forecasting these phytoplankton blooms is far from a purely academic problem. Red tides can poison seafood and wildlife, trigger breathing problems in people, and cause operational emergencies in power and desalinization plants. Now, researchers at Scripps Institute of Oceanography at UC San Diego are moving red...
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For the ships that carried the original Forty-Niners, the voyage to California often proved a one-way trip. Once docked in Yerba Buena Cove, crews hightailed it out to gold country. Vessels saw new life as saloons, hotels, and warehouses. Others were scuttled so their owners could claim the land beneath their hulls. Rubble was dumped...
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by Cariad Hayes Thronson – When Bay Area voters approved Measure AA in June 2016 they not only created a significant new source of environmental funding, they also made California history, levying a parcel tax across the entire region for the first time. The measure was the result of a carefully planned and meticulously executed...
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If you peek through the chain link fence behind the Ross Post Office in Marin County, you will see a suburban creek that looks much like any other. Some sections of bank are armored with riprap and wire, others with concrete, and others not at all. Scattered alders grow at the edge of water that...
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Chris Rose likens a 500-acre farm in the northwest Delta to a bakery in downtown Manhattan. Each property has obvious characteristics that would be hard to replace. In the Delta it’s some of the best water rights available and land that isn’t so subsided and salty you can’t grow good grass. In Manhattan, it’s the...
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