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James Muller

Articles by James Muller

Corps Explores New Ecological Territory

A levee replacement project near the small town of Hamilton City is breaking ground as the first project that the US Army Corps of Engineers has approved based in part on potential benefits to an ecosystem. “We’ve been told this will be a national model once it’s completed,” says Lee Ann Grigsby of Hamilton City. The levee, whose original construction failed to meet modern standards, had needed to be fixed for a long time: recent estimates gave it only a...
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Making Youth Perspectives Count Beyond Educational Exercise

“Our work is 50 percent working with young people and 50 percent working with adults to understand how they need to work with young people,” says Deborah McKoy, Executive Director of Y-Plan, an educational arm of the UC Berkeley Center for Cities + Schools. Y-Plan has partnered with Resilient by Design to create a parallel challenge eliciting youth perspectives on complex issues surrounding sea level rise. At UC Berkeley’s Alumni House, students from twelve Bay Area schools gave presentations to...
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Photo Essay: Sailing, A Dying Sport or Character Builder?

Around the Bay, people who love to sail are sharing the sport with young people. Tucked into marinas and coves, and working out of portable classrooms and small offices, yacht club volunteers and nonprofit staff are working hard to get youth out on the bay in sailboats. They don’t expect to make sailors out of the kids but they do believe that getting a kid on the water, even for a few hours, has value. They know that being on...
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Locals Trade Vines for Resilient Rivers

Cold water, essential for the life cycle of Chinook salmon, is all too often in short supply along the Sacramento River. A primary cause: California’s massive water conveyance system, using reservoirs, dams, and hydroelectric plants to divert water and deliver power to farms and cities. “When we started releasing water in spring, we let cold water out too early. None was left by fall, when salmon really needed it,” says USBR hydraulic engineer Tracy Vermeyen. Two clever innovations have been...
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And also…

Nearly Half of California’s Vegetation at Risk From Climate Stress https://www.ucdavis.edu/news/nearly-half-california-vegetation-risk-climate-stress USACE Releases Yuba River Floodplain Restoration Plan http://www.spk.usace.army.mil/Missions/Environmental-Projects/Yuba-River-Eco-Study/ http://www.chicoer.com/general-news/20180108/feds-release-yuba-river-floodplain-restoration-plan Report Recommends Adding 37 Miles of the Mokelumne to Wild and Scenic River System https://mavensnotebook.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/AB-142-study-NR_joint.pdf   Contributors: Joe Eaton, Robin Meadows, Ariel Rubissow Okamoto, Nate Seltenrich, Cariad Hayes Thronson Please send suggestions for future Pearls to editorestuarypearls@gmail.com
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Green Streets

Information designed for municipal officials and staff people who want to learn more about planning for, funding, and implementing green infrastructure and sustainable stormwater solutions.
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Suisun Marsh Monitoring Project

Developing, implementing, and assessing the effectiveness of various Best Management Practices to address low dissolved oxygen and Methylmercury generation in Suisun Marsh.
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Sewer Lateral Ordinances

Addressing aging, overburdened sewer systems with an inventory and analysis of sewer lateral ordinances and funding opportunities for repairing sewer laterals.
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Stronger Safer Shorelines

Information for local government officials and staff people who want to learn more about planning for, tracking, and implementing multi-benefit, nature-based solutions to increase resilience to climate change.
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Clean Vessel Act Grant Program

A dynamic education/outreach program aimed at encouraging boaters to use pumpout and dump stations rather than discharging directly into the Estuary.
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Ancient Records Reveal California’s Regular Super Floods

A 2013 article in Scientific America is getting fresh attention after the Oroville dam crisis. The article, written by USGS hydrologist Michael Dettinger and UC Berkeley paleoclimatologist B. Lynn Ingram examines California’s paleo-flood record. What the pair found, by looking far enough back, was that super floods are more common in California than originally thought. The findings, combined with the near failure of one of California’s major pieces of water infrastructure, are raising questions about general preparedness for the next big flood.
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Mercury in the Guadalupe Watershed

The Guadalupe River watershed is located just south of the San Francisco South Bay and begins in the eastern Santa Cruz Mountains. This historically rich watershed is one of seven anchor watersheds in the San Fancisco Bay and is home to the New Almaden Mining District, one of the largest historical mercury mines in the world. We work with local partners to remediate this watershed and reduce mercury pollution.  
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EPA Announces Over $4 Million of Awards in Bay Area

The EPA announced last week that it will be funding three projects in the San Francisco Bay Region. The city of San Pablo, the San Francisco Estuary Partnership, and Ducks Unlimited will implement green infrastructure and wetland restoration projects. See the full announcement HERE.
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Don Edwards National Wildlife Refuge Featured in Film Series

The National Wildlife Refuge Association and Tandem Stills + Motion have released a short film on the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge located in the southern part of San Francisco Bay. The film is one of several being created by Tandem in an ongoing collaboration with the Refuge Association to document and celebrate the importance of urban national wildlife refuges throughout the United States. See the full press release HERE  
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Fresh Water Flows – The Chronicle Covers the Science

Check out the article at http://www.sfchronicle.com/news/article/SF-Bay-ecosystem-collapsing-as-rivers-diverted-9953776.php
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Cullinan Ranch Breached!

A new breach on Dutchman Slough has flooded Cullinan Ranch to create a new 1,500 acre home for wetland species just north of. Just north of the San Pablo Bay on Sears Point Road. Check out the Chronicle’s article HERE.
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California drought not likely to end this winter

The Mercury News reports that even though it is raining, don’t stop conserving your water!!! Click here to read the article
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