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CA - Scientists participate in Ocean Acidification Annual Community Meetings in San Diego, California

NOAA’s Ocean Acidification Program (OAP) seeks to better prepare society to respond to changing ocean conditions by understanding the processes of ocean acidification through interdisciplinary partnerships both nationally and internationally.

West Coast
Science

CA - Study offers new approach to conduct large-scale protection assessments of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs)

A new study offers a science-based method to assess protection levels in marine protected areas (MPAs) when information on regulated human activities is limited.

West Coast
Local

CA - Saving West Cliff: ‘If we decide not to do anything, then you will have nothing’

Santa Cruz citizens and neighbors are summoning new energy and vision to “Save West Cliff.” The iconic 2.7-mile promenade that presents stunning, unimpeded views of the ocean has meant so much to so many for so long. With climate change now accelerating its challenges, citizens and the city now also step up their work and advocacy. Next up: a Feb. 13 “community conversation” about West Cliff Drive.

West Coast
Engineering

CA - Port of San Francisco Grapples with Surging Sea

By 2100, sea levels are expected to rise by four to seven feet along the stretch of Bay from Fisherman’s Wharf to Heron’s Head Park. If left unchecked, the rising waves will pollute drinking water with salt and other contaminants, flood buildings, homes, and infrastructure, and inundate roads, parks, and open space.

West Coast
Engineering

CA - Oceanside continues search for sand, downplays possibility of groins

Oceanside has approved the next phase of its sand restoration and retention project at a cost of $2.6 million, though city officials have downplayed the possibility of an earlier proposal to build beachfront ledges.

West Coast
Engineering

CA - Some of San Diego's waves turned bright pink. Here's why.

The usual blue waters of the Pacific Ocean off the coast of San Diego are looking quite different — at least for a while. Bright fuchsia-colored waves were seen crashing along the shore in the past week, and researchers have revealed just what's causing the sudden and dramatic color change.

West Coast
Recreation

CA - County Supervisors Poised to Put the Humboldt Bay Trail South Project Out for Bids

Good news for fans of non-motorized transportation: The last stretch of trail needed to connect Eureka and Arcata is getting closer to realization.

West Coast
Engineering

CA - KING TIDE THROWS ROCKS OVER SEA WALL, RADICALLY ALTERS BUTTERFLY BEACH

Hundreds of visitors to Montecito's Butterfly beach on January 22, 2023, a favorite seascape of Royals and Movie Stars, were confused, then awed, to see rocks strewn all over the walkways, sidewalks, street and sand, further altering a landscape already dramatically changed in recent weeks due to the atmospheric river/storm surge.

West Coast
Property

CA - Del Mar takes another shot at short-term rental ordinance ( with huge STR news compilation)

DEL MAR — After nearly seven years of confusion and controversy over the viability of short-term rentals in Del Mar, city officials have started crafting a new ordinance to regulate their operation while also extending a ban on new rentals for another two years.

West Coast
Property

CA - California flood losses revealed

Total US economic losses from the recent flooding in California will be between $5 billion and $7 billion, according to an estimate by catastrophe risk modeling firm Moody’s RMS. Insured losses are estimated to be between half a billion dollars and $1.5 billion, including losses to the National Flood Insurance Program and the private flood market.

West Coast
Waterways

CA - Port of San Diego Study Unlocks Treasure Trove of Blue Carbon Information on San Diego Bay’s Eelgrass Beds

SAN DIEGO— The Port of San Diego is releasing the results of its first study on carbon sequestration and storage in eelgrass beds.

West Coast
Property

CA - Stinson Beach storm damage expected to worsen as sea rises

For residents of Stinson Beach, the sight of ocean waves running up their streets, carving away tons of sand, flooding homes and even washing a house or two into the sea every decade or two has been an accepted tradeoff for a beachside lifestyle.

West Coast
Engineering

CA - Slip sliding away: The name of the game on scenic Highway 1

BIG SUR — The engineers and laborers who constructed California State Route 1 from Carmel to San Luis Obispo County beginning in the 1920s knew the road was fraught with peril. But they did it anyway. Coastal communities in the area needed better access to health care and other resources.

West Coast
Advocacy

CA - Navy Plan to Destroy Wetlands Lacks Scientific Backing

Vital Alameda Point wetlands are slated for costly and unnecessary destruction without scientific support.

West Coast
Science

CA - Climate resilience projects take root across California

The University of California will award $100M in climate action grants this year to help communities across the state meet the challenges of climate change.

West Coast
Waterways

CA - 500,000 gallons of raw sewage fouls San Diego Bay after broken sensor shuts down pumps

The San Diego sewage spill was the largest of four reported in San Diego County on Monday that led to the county Department of Environmental Health to close beaches and bays to water contact BY

Pacific Northwest
Waterways

OR/CA - Commentary: What a Long, Strange Trip to Kill Four Dams

Four dams on the Klamath River in northern California and southern Oregon will be removed this summer. For stakeholders, it’s been a long, strange trip to reach this point in the dams’ history.

West Coast
Science

CA - Our Ocean Backyard by Gary Griggs | Welcome to our endless winter

I wasn’t sure it was possible, but we actually did go from drought to flood in a week’s time; and the city’s only reservoir, Loch Lomond, is now 100% full and overflowing.

West Coast
Advocacy

CA - New Minister seeks to spread unity through Blue Theology

Reverend Daniel Paul arrived at First Christian Church of Huntsville in mid-November, after serving for 24 years at Christian Church of Pacific Grove, California. That church was only half a block from Monterey Bay and Stanford University’s Marine Biology Lab.

West Coast
Science

CA - Local wetlands to get a look in Scripps Oceanography study of carbon storage in coastal ecosystems

Looking to fill in a missing piece of the climate change puzzle, the work of a former researcher at UC San Diego’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla that studied carbon capture by mangroves in far parts of the world is making its way to San Diego-area wetlands.

West Coast
Local

CA - Southern California beaches battered by storms and surge, but spared major damage

With a break in the storms, crews are cleaning up the mess left behind following the recent big surf and heavy rains that battered the region in the past week.

West Coast
Property

CA - Hard-Hit Santa Cruz County Cleans Up From One Storm While Preparing for the Next

A series of atmospheric rivers has caused storm damage to infrastructure throughout Santa Cruz County. On Thursday, the wharf in Capitola was broken in half by a powerful storm surge.

West Coast
Local

CA - Now that sand mining has ended, big storms are restoring sand to the beaches of southern Monterey Bay.

David Schmalz here, thinking about sand. That’s because, with the recent storms, the beaches along southern Monterey Bay will be seeing more of it. Monterey County officials cut a canal in the Salinas River in December as a preventative measure for flooding, allowing the river to flow freely into the bay, south of the Monterey Submarine Canyon.

West Coast
Science

CA - Hammer-wielding scuba divers clear sea urchins from ocean floor to restore giant kelp in Monterey Bay

MONTEREY — On a recent Saturday morning, scuba divers Keith Rootsaert and Dan Schwartz splashed into the ocean just east of Old Fisherman’s Wharf, the chilly water swallowing the sounds of Monterey Bay as they descended. Upon reaching the seabed, each diver grabbed a spiky purple sea urchin, braced it against a rock and pulverized its center with a welding hammer — all in the name of saving giant kelp.

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