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March 2017

This March issue of ESTUARY News magazine debuts a new guide to how to repair and renew the Delta and examines stresses on Delta species, especially pesticides. Two stories explore innovations in flood control and restoration, ranging from online tools to custom equipment. Others cover what scientists do to collect data during a big storm and what they think will happen to Central Valley waterbirds based on climate change models. A final story describes key steps in the creation of the Bay’s new restoration authority.
Featured stories:

Back to the Bones of the Delta By Ariel Rubissow Okamoto
Corte Madera’s Flood Fight Goes On and On By Jacoba Charles
Going Local Buys Future for Bayshore By Cariad Hayes Thronson

December 2016

estuarynewsdec2016-v9b-final-webThe December issue describes how stormwater regs are being used to shift the homeless away from creeks and towards services, as well as options for relocating the Estuary’s orphan species. It also highlights projects designed to grow more fish food in the Delta, why plastic can smell like bird food out in the ocean, and how spot-on flea treatments aren’t staying on our pets but migrating onto home surfaces, down the drain, and out to the Bay.

Featured stories:
Urban Jungle Inspires Unique Regulatory Tack By Robin Meadows
The Dirt on Flea Control By Ariel Rubissow Okamoto
Options for Estuary Orphans By Kathleen M. Wong

September 2016

estuarynewssept2016-v11-finalweb-thumbnailThe September issue of ESTUARY News magazine explores transitions in wetland protections, describes new computer models designed to track how nutrients move around the Estuary, and takes readers into a college class engaged in sorting mucky bottom sediments for benthic creatures such as invasive overbite clams. The issue also reviews a new neighborhood creek restoration book, a new Delta report on vegetation on levees, and how birds have responded to salt pond restorations. Finally, responding to reader requests, the issue also delves into seven magazine stories from 2012 to 2016 to see what’s happened since.

Featured stories:
Wetland Protections in Transition By Cariad Hayes Thronson
Nutrient Nuances Modeled By Lisa Owens Viani
College Class Tracks Invasive Clams By Marilyn Vogel Browning, Diablo Valley College

June 2016

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The June issue covers the latest on climate change adaptation with the watershed — from managing forests to increase snowpack above the San Joaquin Valley to reimagining a derelict urban shipyard and prioritizing shoreline investments based on new decision making tools. Other stories preview the 2016 CCMP and delve into its history, and touch on topics like offshore responses to global warming and innovations in pipe replacement for utilities struggling with aging infrastructure.

Featured stories:
EBMUD Experiments With Pipe Replacement By Nate Seltenrich
Deliquescent Summit on Ocean Climate By Ariel Rubissow Okamoto
Buckler Brouhaha By Joe Eaton
Two Hearts Beating Not Quite as One By John Hart

March 2016

March 2016 ENEWS coverThe March issue covers the Estuary north, south, east and west. It details lessons being learned from a rock barrier on the False River designed to prevent salt water intrusion into the Delta, and says farewell to the grande dame of Bay research, a yacht called the Polaris now being replaced with a catamaran. The issue also explores the buzz on “resilience” in climate change planning and then gives the low down on two recent restorations at opposite ends of the Bay: one on Sonoma Creek and the other at Bair Island. An opinion piece urges support for Measure AA and science news tracks El Niño effects on the movement of mercury and sediment.

Featured stories:
Keeping the Salt Feild at Bay II By Robin Meadows
Mainstreaming Resilience By Ariel Rubissow Okamoto
Bay Belle By Joe Eaton
Do the Pieces Fit? By John Hart

December 2015

Cover 100x130This issue explores why the Water Board calls a South Bay cement quarry “the most under-regulated facility” in the region, and how more microplastics have been found in San Francisco Bay than in the Great Lakes. You’ll read about steps taked to protect fish in the Bay Bridge blow up and the extra dose of sediment coming to the Estuary’s southern shallows courtesy of the drought. This issue also highlights some startling findings from the 2015 State of the Estuary Report.

Featured stories:
The Most Under-Regulated Facility By Lisa Owens Viani
No Drought of Dirt By Joe Eaton
Unhealthy Fiber in Bay Diet By Jacoba Charles

September 2015

Estuary-Sep2015-v6-web-final-pdf-image-116x150As the drought drags on, the state has revealed its new, scaled-down plans—deconstructed by writer Joe Eaton—for rehabilitating the broken Delta. The Delta and its complicated plumbing and flows are also tackled by nine Estuary experts in our “Pivot” story. We asked them to share their views about old ways of doing things that no longer work, especially with sea level rise and climate change upon us, and their ideas for change. Other stories cover new ideas and technology for monitoring Delta levees, and new methods of tracking even the smallest pollutants—both natural and not so natural—that can affect the health of the Bay and people.

Featured stories:
Scaled-Down Plans to “Fix and Restore” By Joe Eaton
Pivot or Pirouette? By Ariel Rubissow and Lisa Owens Viani
CCMP Revision Preview By Caitlin Sweeney

June 2015

June CoverAs the drought tightens the screws on human use of California’s evaporating water supply, conservation, restoration and collaboration grow ever more important. This issue explores some current opportunities for constructive action, from using empty aquifers as reservoirs to restoring marshes so they “retreat-ready” for sea level rise and giving river floodplains more than another layer of rip rap. Other stories cover the darkening future of California’s Chinook salmon, the lack of evidence that delta smelt can be blamed for stealing anyone’s water, and a kitchen-sink test for emerging contaminants.

Featured stories:
Filling Up on Empty By John Hart
No Scapefish in Drought Wars By Joe Eaton
Beyond the Blubber By Ariel Rubissow

March 2015

March 2016 CoverThe issue also drills down into the subtler science of contaminants, from mercury in fog to copper effects on salmon senses and the nature of the mystery goo that slimed Bay birds in January. Hopeful events are also covered: the North Bay’s Cullinan Ranch felt the touch of the tides for the first time since the 1880s and SFEP is working hard to update the grandest plan to save the health of the Estuary ever: the CCMP.

Featured stories:
Copper Effects on Salmon Influenced by Salinity By Joe Eaton
Cullinan Finally in the Fold By Joe Eaton
Rethinking our Grandest Plan for the Estuary By Ariel Rubissow