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Engineering

CA - Oceanside Advances Plans for Loma Alta Wetlands Project

OCEANSIDE — With more than $500,000 in combined state and federal funding and the conceptual restoration planning for the Loma Alta Wetlands Enhancement Project complete, the project is one step closer to coming to fruition.

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Science

CA - California Partners With NASA for Climate Change Data

A new partnership with Pasadena-based Jet Propulsion Laboratory (NASA JPL) will help state agencies better understand climate change impacts and identify opportunities to build resilience, conserve biodiversity and use California’s natural and working lands to store and remove carbon from the atmosphere.

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Advocacy

CA - California Commits to Conserving 30 Percent of its Land and Water by 2030. What Does That Mean?

On October 7 California Governor Gavin Newsom ordered the state to create a new California Biodiversity Collaborative and conserve 30 percent of its land and coastal waters by 2030.

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Engineering

CA - Army Ends Plan to Dredge Regional Waterways for Oil Tankers

A four-year battle over a plan to dredge 13 miles of waterways to clear San Francisco Bay for larger oil tankers ended Monday, with the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers announcing it was scuttling the project.

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Science

CA - San Diego Coastal Marshes May Become Important Tools to Battle Climate Change

Matthew Costa stepped gingerly into a little pocket wetland near the Del Mar Fairgrounds. The squishy salt marsh is more than just a patch of habitat in the intertidal zone.

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Property

CA - Untethered From the Office, Urban Tenants Are Flocking to the Inland Empire

Rents are up 4-6% in Riverside and San Bernardino counties, but have been falling in L.A. and Orange counties since the pandemic hit.

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Tourism

CA - Report: California Tourism Economy Cut in Half in 2020 Because of Coronavirus Pandemic

Proving to be an unwelcome visitor to travel economies like the North Bay, COVID-19 has slashed in half tourism spending in California.

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Engineering

CA - Torrance’s Madrona Marsh Wins Grants for Restoration and Education

Torrance’s Madrona Marsh Preserve and Nature Center will, by March, finally see the overdue restoration of its vernal pools, critically important wetland habitat home to numerous rare plants and animals, including two species of fairy shrimp, at a cost of about $470,000.

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Engineering

CA - Eroding Coast Paves Way for 'Managed Retreat' in California

GLEASON BEACH, Calif. — A few winding turns past Bodega Bay, along foggy bluffs and coastal prairie, relentless waves pound a crumbling stretch of coastline in dire need of saving.

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Fisheries

CA - CDFW Awards $10.7 Million for Fisheries Habitat Restoration Program Projects

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) today announced the selection of 27 projects that will receive funding for the restoration, enhancement and protection of anadromous salmonid habitat in California watersheds.

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Recreation

CA - California State Parks Announces $37 Million in Proposition 68 Recreational Infrastructure Revenue Enhancement Allocations

The California Department of Parks and Recreation (State Parks) on Tuesday announced $37 million in allocations to 30 agencies under the Proposition 68 Recreational Infrastructure Revenue Enhancement (RIRE) Grant Program.

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Science

CA - Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute Awarded $53M to Continue Exploring Ocean Health

The central coast has become a popular travel spot for humans and a migration hotspot for marine life.

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Tourism

CA - A California Beach Battle: Has It Reached a Breaking Point?

Enjoying nature while preserving it is an age-old conflict in California, but nowhere is it more fraught than at Oceano Dunes. Can off-roading and endangered species coexist?

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Engineering

USA - Largest Dam Removal Project in U.S. History Restarts With Interstate Partnership

In a historic move to resurrect the largest dam removal project in the U.S., Oregon, California, the Yurok Tribe and the Karuk Tribe signed an agreement on Tuesday to push forward on dam removal.

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Science

CA - Could Kelp Help Relieve Ocean Acidification?

Ethereal, swaying pillars of brown kelp along California’s coasts grow up through the water column, culminating in a dense surface canopy of thick fronds that provide homes and refuge for numerous marine creatures.

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Fisheries

CA - Huge Dam Demolition Could Save Salmon on the Edge of Extinction

Spring-run Chinook salmon, critical to Indigenous fishers along the Klamath River, are in steep decline. But two recent developments may offer a path to their recovery.

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Waterways

CA - After Petaluma River Dredging, Cleanup Begins

The recently completed dredging of the Petaluma River, a long overdue project, cleared the channel of boatloads of mud and silt that had blocked commerce and recreation on the waterway.

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Property

CA - King Tides Project Documenting a Rising Sea Level Future

King tides are the year’s highest and lowest tides, occurring when there is alignment of the gravitational pull between the sun, moon and Earth.

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Advocacy

CA - The Battle Over Protecting Ballona Wetlands -- And If They Need It

There's a battle to protect the Ballona Wetlands—but what will happen to the last remaining wetlands in Los Angeles?

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Advocacy

CA - California Should Protect Imperiled Bull Kelp

Closing three areas to commercial harvest could help restore ecosystem crucial to fighting climate change

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Fisheries

CA - Vaquita Genome Offers Hope for Species' Survival

A new study suggests the marine mammal can recover naturally if illegal fishing is eliminated

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Property

CA - California Coastal Commission Five-Year Plan

The California Costal Commission has just revealed its strategic five-year plan.

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Tourism

CA - Hundreds of Vehicles Hit Oceano Dunes to Celebrate Reopening, Despite Lawsuit and Protests

After a seven-month ban on vehicle entry, the Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area (SVRA) opened its gates to street-legal vehicles on Oct. 30, a day that was met with celebrations, protests, and even a lawsuit.

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Waterways

CA - New Tool Aims to Reduce Ship Collisions With Endangered Whales in Santa Barbara Channel

UCSB’s Benioff Ocean Initiative has been working with a collaboration of scientists on tool called Whale Safe, a mapping and analysis tool designed for the shipping industry and displays near real-time whale presence information.

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Science

CA - MBARI Announces $53 Million Grant to Study Ocean Health With 500 Roving Floats

Considering how interconnected and small the world feels, much of the ocean goes surprisingly unmonitored by scientists.

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Fisheries

CA - The Sardine War Hits a Lull, but the Tides Are Rising

MONTEREY — With catch limit regulations staying at the status quo, the commercial fishing industry has apparently landed a victory in the fight over Pacific sardine management.

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Local

CA - Humpback Whale Capsizes Kayak in California, Officials Say Two Women Are Lucky to Be Alive

Two women received an unexpected (and dangerous) visit on Monday — from a humpback whale that overturned their kayak off the coast of California.

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Advocacy

CA - Rodriguez: The Environmental Racism Behind the Poseidon Desalination Proposal

As many Orange County residents are painfully aware, the pandemic and the ensuing economic downturn laid bare many of the vulnerabilities among low-income communities, Latinx families, and people of color.

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Recreation

CA - California State Parks Announces Recommendations for $5.6 Million in Local Recreational Trail Projects

California State Parks on Monday announced recommendations for $5.6 million in funding for eight local non-motorized trail projects under the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) Recreational Trails Program (RTP).

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Fisheries

CA - 500 California Halibut Released Into Mission Bay as Part of Replenishment Program

SeaWorld Research Institute and Dick Laub Fisheries Replenishment program are working to get the California halibut back into the wild.

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Advocacy

CA - Environmental Groups Torn Over Fight for Ballona Wetlands

PLAYA DEL REY, Calif. — Preserving and protecting the Ballona Wetlands in West Los Angeles has been a topic of discussion for decades.

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Engineering

CA - SF Estuary Flows Into Restored Marsh for First Time Since 1800s

COLLINSVILLE — The first phase of a highly touted tidal marsh recovery plan was completed this week when a levee was breached and the restored marsh area was reconnected to the San Francisco Bay estuary for the first time since the late 1800s.

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Engineering

CA - Sand Retention Concepts Studied for Oceanside

Artificial reef, bypass system, groins considered for eroding coastline

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Waterways

CA - How the Waters off Catalina Became a DDT Dumping Ground

L.A.'s coast was once a DDT dumping ground. No one could see it — until now

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Energy

CA - Northern California Offshore Transmission Line Could Fast-Track Wind Farms Powering SF Bay

Proposed floating wind farms off Northern California’s Humboldt Bay could generate power for the San Francisco Bay Area utilizing an underwater transmission line system extended over 250 miles and costing upwards of $3.1 billion, according to a Humboldt State University report.

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Science

CA - Scientists to Study Biodiversity and Pharmaceutical Potential on Seafloor off California

Viewers can tune in live to watch trio of Scripps Oceanography researchers and their students explore the deep ocean

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Property

CA - NASA Looks to Measure Damages From California Wildfires

It may be many months before the full personal, economic and environmental damages of California’s massive wildfires are known, but researchers are working to assess the damages.

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Tourism

CA - State Parks Announces Plan to Reopen Oceano Dunes SVRA

California State Parks on Tuesday announced plans to reopen the Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area (SVRA) and Pismo State Beach to vehicle use.

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Property

CA - The Climate Problem Facing Coastal Building Height Limits

Experts say people on both sides of the debate over whether to exempt the Midway district from the coastal height limit are failing to consider how future climate change will restrict who can live along the cooler coast.

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Federal

CA - Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment for Los Angeles County Published

NOAA’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) has completed their latest application of the Integrated Vulnerability Assessment Framework for Los Angeles County, California.

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Science

CA - The Secrets Stored Within Seaweed

New tools are helping scientists restore healthy ocean ecosystems

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Engineering

CA - State Coastal Commission Approves Master Land Use Plan for Southeast Long Beach

Southeast Long Beach, including the Los Cerritos Wetlands, now has a new master zoning plan that should allow some redevelopment to begin, after the state Coastal Commission recently approved it.

West Coast
Engineering

CA - Petaluma River Dredged for First Time in 17 Years

Local leaders this week celebrated the final days of the Petaluma River dredge project, marking the end of a protracted effort to clear the central waterway of a 17-year silty entombment blamed for declining tourism and river recreation.

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Energy

CA - First Offshore Wind Research Buoys Deployed Off US West Coast

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Wind Energy Technologies Office has deployed two offshore wind research buoys off the coast of California.

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Energy

CA - Navy Back on Board With Offshore Wind Near Morro Bay, SLO County Congressman Says

Central Coast Congressman Salud Carbajal announced last week that the public comment period on a proposed offshore wind development off the Central Coast has now closed — and with a new commitment from the Navy in hand.

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Recreation

CA - Coastal Commission Punts Decision on Future of Off-Road Recreation at California Beach

(CN) — Even though members of the California Coastal Commission believe the Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area could be subject to Governor Gavin Newsom’s order this week protecting state lands and waters, they did not get to vote Thursday on a public works plan regarding future use and development of the park.

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Waterways

CA - Unsafe to Drink: Wildfires Threaten Rural California Towns With Tainted Water

For more than a month after a wildfire raced through his lakeside community and destroyed his Napa County home, Kody Petrini couldn’t drink the water from the taps. He wasn’t even supposed to boil it.

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Waterways

CA - Judge Throws Out EPA Decision on California Salt Ponds

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal judge on Monday blocked the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from allowing the dredging and filling of salt ponds near San Francisco without going through a permitting process that could stall redevelopment of the area.

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Advocacy

CA - Reflections On 58 Years of Point Reyes National Seashore

For the entire history of the park, two disparate ideals of land stewardship, protection vs. production, have faced off. Right now production has the upper hand.

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Engineering

USA - Odyssey Seeks Compensation Under NAFTA For Deep-Sea Mining Project

U.S.-based Odyssey Marine Exploration hasn’t given up its intentions to move forward with a phosphate seabed mining project in Mexico’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), despite two permit rejections.

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Energy

CA - The Lights Went Out. Now California Might Let These Gas Plants Stay Open

State officials are poised to decide whether four gas-fired power plants along the Southern California coast should keep running past 2020, in the first major energy decision for Gov. Gavin Newsom's administration after this month's blackouts.

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Advocacy

CA - Advocates Try to Discourage Beach-Goers From Getting Too Close to La Jolla Sea Lions and Their Pups

Spectators who approach the animals can disrupt their normal behavior and possibly separate mothers and pups, and the animals may charge or bite people if they feel threatened, experts say.

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Waterways

CA - Port of Oakland’s Marine Terminal Slashes Emissions With Electric Cranes

The Port of Oakland’s largest marine terminal Oakland International Container Terminal (OICT) has cut diesel emissions from 13 of its massive yard cranes by 95 percent after retrofitting them with hybrid-electric engines.

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Advocacy

CA - Lawsuit Filed Against EPA Over Ventura County's Pollution Plan

Three conservation groups sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in federal court Monday, alleging that a backup plan the agency accepted for reducing harmful air pollution in Ventura County is too weak.

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Engineering

CA - 58,000 Tons of Rock Will Create a New Artificial Reef off Palos Verdes Peninsula

A project to restore reefs and marine animals off the Palos Verdes Peninsula Coast resumed last week after an approximately three-month coronavirus-induced hiatus, and is expected to be finished next month — with about 58,000 tons of rock creating a new reef.

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Science

CA - Canyon Up Close: New Animation Drains Monterey Bay to Uncover the Beauty of Its Geology

MBARI scientists partner with visual effects artists to create the highest resolution animation of Monterey Canyon to date.

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Property

CA - An Uphill Battle: Coastal Bluff Property Proposal Under City Review, Prompts Resident Opposition

For about the past decade, the bluff property has remained idle. That was until this year, when new property owners submitted plans to the city to construct seven homes.

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Property

CA - Stanford Says Northern California Highways Face Sea Level Threat Rise

A Stanford University study warns that coastal highways face a growing risk of flooding from sea level rise and storm surges that cascade into delays for commuters with limited road alternatives that may be miles away from flooding.

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Aquaculture

USA - Project Launched to Tackle Oyster Mortalities

Shellfish genetics and breeding company Pacific Hybreed is taking part in a NOAA-funded project to develop genetic markers for resistance to the virus causing Pacific oyster mortality syndrome (POMS).

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Tourism

CA - 6 Months Into the Pandemic, Hotels Are Reeling and Reorienting

Hotel occupancy in Santa Monica is down by 48% compared to occupancy in January through July last year, with an economic knock-on slamming hospitality workers, local businesses, and City tax revenues.

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Energy

CA - Opinion: Controversy Continues Over Radioactive Waste Storage at San Onofre

The decommissioning of San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station has been riddled with controversies since it was shuttered in 2013, undermining public confidence in Southern California Edison’s management of highly radioactive nuclear waste which will be stored on-site for the foreseeable future.

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Advocacy

CA - Water Recycling Project Fits Needs on Monterey Peninsula

Expansion of the Pure Water Monterey recycled water project is the best option for the Monterey region to meet its future water supply needs.

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Science

USA - Cooperative Research Effort Documents Northward Migration of Kelp Forests

In a sweeping display of the power of community-based science to capture data spanning the entire West Coast of North America, a team of scientists and countless volunteers from 14 different organizations joined forces to document the northward migration of kelp forests due to warming waters.

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Science

CA - Historic Research Cruise Sailed With First All-Women Science Team

The group coped with quarantine and COVID-19 restrictions to continue the 71-year-old marine survey

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Tourism

CA - Less COVID, More Visitors: Can San Diego Keep It Up?

SAN DIEGO — In San Diego's Little Italy, there's never been more sidewalk dining. In Balboa Park, museumgoers are joining the joggers. In hotels from Coronado to Mission Valley, tourists are turning up.

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Science

CA - Scientists Use Seaweeds to Travel Back in Time

A new study highlights the treasure trove of data trapped in seaweeds over a century old.

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Engineering

CA - Conservation Groups Complete Chorro Creek Restoration Project, Benefiting the Morro Bay Watershed

Chorro Creek is one of the two major waterways that flow into the Morro Bay estuary. So, naturally, its health is inextricably linked to that of the bay's.

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Advocacy

CA - Conservationists Split Over Poseidon Desal Project's Potential to Help Bolsa Chica Wetlands

Along a Huntington Beach coastline dotted with oil rigs and a power plant, one of California’s largest remaining saltwater marshes has been a source of pride for local environmentalists.

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Waterways

CA - Innovative New Whale Detection System Aims to Prevent Ships From Striking Animals

Whale Safe launches in Southern California waters to help reduce deaths of the iconic marine mammals

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Advocacy

USA - Warming Ocean, Old-Forest Loss Put a Squeeze on an Elusive Seabird, the Marbled Murrelet

CORVALLIS — Squeezed by changing ocean conditions that limit their food options and the long-term loss of old forest needed for nesting, marbled murrelets would benefit most from conservation efforts that take both ocean and forest into account, new research by Oregon State University shows.

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Engineering

CA - Heatherwick Studio Proposes a Resilient Design for San Francisco's Waterfront

Perched on its new resilient pier platform, the Cove in San Francisco’s waterfront, designed by Heatherwick Studio, will be a waterfront destination—a two-building workplace campus with a central 2-ha (5-acre) ecological public park.

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Tourism

CA - Petitioners Duel Over Possible Reopening of Oceano Dunes

It's been six months since vehicles were allowed in the Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area (SVRA), and some community members want it to stay that way—at least until the COVID-19 pandemic is under control.

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Advocacy

CA - Tule Elk at Point Reyes May Be Killed Under Controversial Plan

The National Park Service’s proposed plan for Point Reyes National Seashore would preserve ranching and cull tule elk within the park’s boundaries.

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Engineering

CA - Ventura County Begins 'Visioning Process' for Channel Islands Harbor Redevelopment

California Coastal Commission sent the Fisherman’s Wharf project back to the drawing board, leading the county to hire a team of urban planning consultants to create a new plan for redevelopment around Channel Islands Harbor.

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Advocacy

CA - Statement: Central California Coast Still in the Running for Permanent Protection

If finalized, a new sanctuary stands to protect marine ecosystems, sea otters from drilling and other threats

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