A peer-reviewed study by Cornell University researchers and a report released by the Pacific Institute point to significant health effects to animals and humans, and contamination of soils and crops that come in contact with the cocktail of fluids used in hydraulic fracturing, or fracking (Examiner.com).Read More
The plan proposed to the Governor by environmental groups includes smaller, less costly tunnels, along with funding for strategies such as water conservation, recycling, and new water storage south of the Delta. The goal of the proposal is to reduce the state’s reliance on the estuary for drinking and irrigation water. (Recordnet.com)Read More
“California has done more than most states to prepare for the challenges of climate change, but when it comes to the dangers of sea level rise, experts worry that the state isn’t doing nearly enough.” (San Francisco Chronicle) Watch a series of videos describing some of the plans being considered, in light of the prediction that sea level at the bayshore will rise significantly by the end of the century: Taking the heat: Introduction Taking the heat: A silver lining Taking...Read More
Rain Gardens, an important component in many Low Impact Development projects, are used to decrease peak flow rates and pollutant load and to enhance aesthetic value of urban areas. This story by the LA Times provides a great overview of exactly what Rain Gardens can do and how they have been integrated into the San Fernando Valley.Read More
While much of California’s coastline is at risk, is particularly vulnerable. Former orchard lands are 3 to 10 feet below sea level. Dirt levees built to dike salt ponds protect some of the state’s most valuable real estate — and a major economic engine. A draft study from the Army Corps of Engineers found that an extreme storm coupled with higher seas could top them and devastate homes and businesses. (Climate Wire)Read More
In a move that would permanently ban oil drilling along more than 50 miles of Northern California coast, the Obama administration announced plans Thursday to expand two Northern California marine sanctuaries, extending them up the rugged Sonoma and Mendocino coast. (San Jose Mercury News) Read More
The San Francisco Bay-Delta is named in the federal Clean Water Act as one of 28 “estuaries of national significance." For over 20 years, the San Francisco Estuary Partnership has worked together with local communities and federal and state agencies to improve the health of California’s most urbanized estuary.
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