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Justice

CA - Indigenous land trust empowers women to reclaim and restore ancestral land

Corrina Gould, co-founder of Sogorea Te’ Land Trust, explains the concept behind rematriation and how it extends beyond the movement to return land to tribes.

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Property

CA - Guest Commentary: Dispute over public right of way on Coast Walk is really a settled matter

Our clients who own the properties adjacent to Coast Walk have not challenged the city’s assertion that there is an “implied acceptance” as to those portions of Coast Walk that are paved and have been utilized by the public.

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Local

CA - Noyo Ocean Collective seeks volunteers to help plan harbor’s future

The NOC received a three-year grant of $898,900 from the California Coastal Commission to plan and develop policies in line with the Blue Economy’s overall goals.

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Engineering

CA - Coastal City Leaders Discuss Eroding Coastline

Officials from the cities of Dana Point and San Clemente met with other city leaders from North San Diego County last month to discuss issues related to coastal erosion and sand nourishment.

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Waterways

CA - Coastal Commission to ask Biden to declare border sewage crisis an emergency

The binational agency that operates the aging federal wastewater treatment plant at the U.S.-Mexico border said declaring the sewage crisis an emergency to expedite the facility's expansion may no longer be effective.

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Property

CA - Streamlining affordable housing is a good idea, even in the coastal zone

The affordable housing crisis has been a topic of longstanding debate in California, and for good reason. Millions of families are currently forced to spend more than 30% of their income on housing, and the average new home costs seven times annual income, up from three times annual income 50 years ago.

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Advocacy

CA - California’s coast, its bluffs and wildlife star in Obi Kaufmann’s new book

The California coastline is a geologically sculpted masterpiece jagging and jutting for 1,100 head-turning miles. It starts with the Tortilla Wall poking into the sea at the U.S.-Mexico border and angles northwest to what some describe as California’s loneliest beach – a wild stretch of yellow grassy dunes, hard sand and chunks of driftwood at Pelican State Beach this side of Oregon.

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Recreation

CA - New LA County Plan Aims to Protect Its Beaches for Future Generations

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has unanimously voted to develop a coastal resiliency strategy as sea levels continue to rise worldwide.

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Engineering

CA - UCSB alumna’s erosion report evaluates coast erosion solutions, recommends more community outreach

UC Santa Barbara environmental studies alumna Tara Robinson presented her senior thesis project on Isla Vista coastal management research to the Isla Vista Community Services District Board of Directors at its Oct. 24 meeting, suggesting several solutions to cliff erosion in Isla Vista.

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Local

CA - Stinson Beach house approved despite sea level concerns

Marin County supervisors cleared the path for construction of a new home on the last shoreline lot in Stinson Beach despite reservations about the precedent their action will set for sea level adaptation.

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Science

CA - The Storied Bolinas Marine Laboratory Is Reborn

The College of Marin's lab, one of two in the state's community college system, closed for lack of funding 18 years ago.

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Waterways

CA - First of Four Klamath Dams Has Been Removed

And then there were three. The nonprofit Klamath River Renewal Corporation recently announced that work to remove the first of four hydroelectric dams clogging the lower Klamath River is complete, bringing the largest dam removal project in the nation’s history one step closer to fruition.

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Federal

West - U.S. regulators will review car-tire chemical that kills salmon, upon request from West Coast tribes

U.S. regulators say they will review the use of a chemical found in almost every tire after a petition from West Coast Native American tribes that want it banned because it kills salmon as they return from the ocean to their natal streams to spawn.

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Engineering

CA - Where to Dump the Stuff We Dredge From the Bay? Federal Agencies are Going to Try Dumping it Nearer to the Shore, and Community Members are Invited to a Town Hall Discussion Thursday

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have been hard at work in recent years looking for an eco-friendly and efficient way to get rid of the sand and silt that clogs the shipping channels and harbors of Humboldt Bay.

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Fisheries

CA - With whales in trouble, conservationists, fishers, and others team up to protect them

A California program aims to help the fishing industry and marine wildlife adjust to warming oceans.

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Science

CA - How a California wildfire created a buffet for marine microbes

Ash falls could boost nutrients in coastal ecosystems—for better or worse

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Property

CA - A New Way to Map Flood Risks in Los Angeles

Last winter’s big storms caused enough wind and water damage that they won’t soon be forgotten, and neighbors are still talking to various city officials about possible ways to prevent or at least reduce potential hazards for this year’s storm season.

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Engineering

CA - Biden requesting $310M to fix, expand wastewater treatment plant fouling San Diego’s South County

President Joe Biden is asking that lawmakers grant $310 million in emergency spending to fix the sewage pollution from Mexico that is wreaking havoc on South County communities.

West Coast
Advocacy

CA - Editorial | NOAA should create unbroken national marine sanctuaries off our coast

Public comment on the proposed Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary ended this week. But the biggest question remains about this proposed sanctuary that would provide protection for coastal waters from our Monterey Bay sanctuary down to the Channel Islands.

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Engineering

CA - What Does 'Unavoidable' West Antarctic Ice Shelf Melt Mean for the Bay Area?

Antarctic ice melt could drive sea level rise to concerning levels in the Bay Area

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Advocacy

CA - Chumash Heritage marine sanctuary would be a great asset | Guest Commentary

Thirty-one years ago, I helped lead the citizen campaign to establish Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary to get permanent protection from offshore oil.

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Advocacy

CA - Retreating Shorelines: What California Can Teach Us

As climate change brings rising seas, more extreme storms, and increased flooding, coastal communities need to act—or risk disappearing, a new book says

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Advocacy

CA - Opinion: Here's one way to protect California's beaches from rising seas: Stop messing with them

Protecting our coasts from sea level rise is increasingly urgent, especially for densely populated coastal communities such as Southern California’s.

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