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CA - California Plans to Spend $2.3 Billion on Ports

California Governor Gavin Newsom's state budget plan was released Monday, and its $286 billion top line figure includes an unexpectedly generous line item for shipping.

West Coast
Federal

CA - NOAA Seeks Public Comment on Draft Management Plan for Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary

Through Feb. 24, 2022, the draft management plan and draft environmental assessment are available for download, review, and public comment. See details below for document access, public meeting information, and instructions on commenting.

West Coast
Advocacy

CA - The Promise, and Potential Pitfalls, of a Civilian Climate Corps

Congressional Democrats are trying to build one for the nation. They should check out California, which has already successfully rolled one out at the state level.

West Coast
Advocacy

CA - Our Ocean Backyard | Plastic on the shoreline and in the sea

An Earth-changing development took place in New York City in 1907 when plastic was first synthesized. It had all the right properties for a huge range of uses, including lightweight, flexible, strong, moisture resistant, relatively inexpensive, and a quality that has plagued us ever since, durability.

West Coast
Advocacy

CA - Farallones restoration is needed

We commend the California Coastal Commission for seeing through the fog of misinformation, distinguishing it from science-based fact, and approving a United States Fish and Wildlife Service plan to remove invasive house mice from the Farallon Islands.

West Coast
Engineering

CA - Carlsbad officials blast Oceanside's sand replenishment plans

During its Jan. 11 meeting, the Carlsbad City Council approved a resolution opposing the City of Oceanside’s plan to construct four groins and a sand bypass system designed to minimize sand loss at the city’s beaches.

West Coast
Local

CA - City Seeks Feedback on Proposal for De Anza Cove Redevelopment Including Climate Resiliency

The city of San Diego Tuesday released an updated proposal for the redevelopment of De Anza Cove in the northeastern corner of Mission Bay Park, and asked San Diegans to weigh in on the plan.

West Coast
Advocacy

CA - Point Reyes Management Plan Sued by Environmental Groups

A federal lawsuit against the National Park Service (NPS) at Point Reyes National Seashore was filed on January 10th by four environmental organizations. The lawsuit contends the National Park Service in a new management plan for the Park is putting the private interests of local ranchers ahead of the public interest.

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Waterways

CA - Opinion: Sea level rise will soon affect San Diego. We must act now.

CELINA IBARRA / In San Diego, we will soon be facing the most obvious effect of climate change on a coastal area, sea level rise.

West Coast
Local

CA - California's Drought Reckoning Could Offer Lessons for the West

The golden hills of California have turned green in recent weeks after a series of storms delivered much-needed rain and snow to a state suffering from two years of drought.

West Coast
Property

CA - California Court OKs Controversial Newark Housing Plan Along Its Climate-Vulnerable Wetlands

A California district court has sided with the city of Newark and developer The Sobrato Organization in a lawsuit filed by environmental groups who challenged a plan to build hundreds of two-story tract homes along fragile wetlands in Alameda County.

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Property

CA - Photos from the king tides show what permanent sea level rise could look like in San Francisco Bay Area by 2050

Water inundated low-lying areas around San Francisco Bay last weekend, as the Northern California region saw some of the highest tides of the year.

West Coast
Federal

CA - Extension of Public Comment Period for the Proposed Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary

On November 10, 2021, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) published a Notice of Intent to conduct scoping and to prepare a draft environmental impact statement for the proposed Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary.

West Coast
Federal

CA - Lisa Wooninck named superintendent of Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary

MONTEREY — NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries on Wednesday announced the appointment of Lisa Wooninck as superintendent of Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, according to a news release from the sanctuary.

West Coast
Science

USA - West Coast Orca Population Falls to Lowest Level for Almost 50 Years

The Southern Resident killer whale population has not fallen below this number since 1974, when the first complete count was undertaken.

West Coast
Waterways

CA - Coastal residents sue LA over massive sewage spill into Santa Monica Bay

In July, a backup caused by debris forced officials to use an emergency discharge procedure, sending a flood of raw sewage into Santa Monica Bay. The L.A. County Department of Public Health issued a health advisory and urged people to avoid swimming in areas around Dockweiler State Beach and El Segundo Beach.

Coastwide
Energy

USA - Oil Rigs Are a Refuge in a Dying Sea

Our reliance on fossil fuels is harming marine ecosystems—but the platforms we use to extract oil are giving marine life new homes.

West Coast
Energy

CA - As the Biden Administration Eyes Wind Leases Off California’s Coast, the Port of Humboldt Sees Opportunity

The administration wants to sell its first lease in 2022, and a new bill in California requires a plan. Some in Humboldt have been waiting years for this moment to arrive.

West Coast
Science

NV - Colossal marine skull reveals Earth's earliest giant animal

Scientists have discovered fossils of a new species of aquatic reptile that may represent the first giant animal that ever lived on Earth. Named Cymbospondylus youngorum, the creature is a new type of ichthyosaur dating back to the early stages of the Age of Dinosaurs, and grew to huge proportions extremely quickly.

West Coast
Recreation

CA - Harmful Bacteria from Rivers Flowing into OC Surf Zones

Rivers leading from the mountains to Orange County’s slice of the Pacific bring along bacteria that can pose a threat to surfers and beachgoers.

West Coast
Recreation

CA - Sewage Spill Closes Southern California Beaches After Series of Storms

Southern California beaches from Orange to Los Angeles counties were closed over the holiday weekend after up to approximately 7 million gallons of untreated wastewater spilled into the Pacific Ocean.

West Coast
Waterways

CA - Ports of Los Angeles/Long Beach welcome first Nikola battery-electric trucks

Nikola Corporation has delivered the first Nikola Tre battery-electric vehicle (BEV) pilot trucks to one of Southern California’s port trucking companies for use at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.

West Coast
Science

CA - Companies want to grow seaweed to fight climate change. They’re held back by regulations

It absorbs carbon. It reduces emissions on dairy farms. It can be used as food, fuel and fertilizer. It requires nothing but seawater and sunlight to grow.

West Coast
Energy

CA - Officials declare California oil spill cleanup complete

Nearly three months after an undersea pipeline spilled thousands of gallons of crude oil into the waters off Southern California, authorities have announced that coastal cleanup efforts are now complete.

West Coast
Waterways

CA - How Pacific Oysters are Saving the San Diego Bay

To clean the water and preserve the wetlands, the San Diego Bay is part of a significant preservation effort years in the making. Pacific oyster shells from the Carlsbad Aquafarm will be crushed up and used as a life source to benefit the bay.

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