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Advocacy

CA - My Word | Ocean Ranch project to restore native habitat, improve access

Part of the mission of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife is to manage lands and restore habitats for the diverse native fish, wildlife and plants that call them home.

West Coast
Property

CA - Judge Tosses California Coastline Signpost Suit

The owners of an oceanfront home lost their claims against the city of Malibu relating to their plan to install signposts marking where the public beach ends and their private property begins.

West Coast
Science

CA - 11,000 baby abalone will be planted at a secret spot off the Southern California coast

These sea creatures are on quite the California adventure. The baby white abalone started their lives in the UC Davis Bodega Marine Lab in Northern California. This week they boarded a private plane for a trip south, where they’ll vacation in labs and aquariums, eating buffets of kelp and hanging out to grow just a bit more.

West Coast
Waterways

CA - Integrated Port Planning

Ann Moore, 2020 Port Chair of the Port of San Diego, California, highlights the new integrated port planning process adopted by the port and how this is progressively delivering greater benefits to all stakeholders.

West Coast
Engineering

CA - Big Sur: Highway 1 to reopen at Rat Creek this summer after $11.5 million repair

Emergency repairs on Highway 1 at Rat Creek, where a debris flow washed out a 150-foot section in January forcing the closure of the roadway, will begin Monday with an estimated reopening of the highway along the Big Sur Coast for early summer 2021.

West Coast
Engineering

CA - Oakland A's new waterfront ballpark takes big step forward with detailed environmental report

A mammoth Environmental Impact Report released by the City of Oakland on Friday details the proposed, privately-financed waterfront stadium project at Howard Terminal on the estuary.

West Coast
Science

CA - How Two Radically Different Communities Coexist Beneath the Canopies of California's Iconic Kelp Forests

Walk along the beach after a winter storm and you'll see a shore littered with wracks of giant kelp, some 30 to 40 feet long—evidence of the storm's impact on coastal kelp forests.

West Coast
Science

Palmyra Atoll: Meet the Scientists Battling COVID and Climate Change on One of America’s Remotest Pacific Islands

Island is a heavily polluted former Navy base – and a “conservation sandbox” pioneering new climate work

West Coast
Science

CA - High Sierra Electronics Announces Innovative New Remote Erosion Monitoring System for Levees

Today, High Sierra Electronics (hsierra.com), a Grass Valley, California-based, manufacturer of environmental monitoring products, announced a new system that can detect when and where levee erosion has occurred and automatically alert and inform levee owners, managers, and public safety officials.

West Coast
Engineering

CA - Resilient Cities Catalyst Launches the California Resilience Partnership -- a New Statewide, Collaborative, Multi-Sector Effort With the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation

Groundbreaking public-philanthropic partnership will leverage funding from the Hilton Foundation, Alumbra Innovations Foundation, The San Diego Foundation, and Builders Initiative to advance innovative projects tackling CA's complex resilience challenges.

West Coast
Waterways

CA - Newsom Pushes Controversial Poseidon Desalination Plant

When Gov. Gavin Newsom was photographed dining at an opulent Napa Valley restaurant during a surge in coronavirus cases, many Californians saw it as hypocrisy. For opponents of a planned $1-billion desalination plant along the Orange County coast, however, the optics were menacing.

West Coast
Engineering

CA - California Ocean Protection Council Approves $8 Million in Grants to Improve Resilience to Sea-Level Rise Along the Coast

SACRAMENTO – The Ocean Protection Council (OPC) this week approved 15 grants totaling more than $8 million in Proposition 68 funds for projects that will build coastal resilience in the face of sea-level rise.

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Science

CA - Weighing Inputs of Waves and Precipitation to Coastal Erosion

Conducting weekly lidar surveys of coastal cliffs for 3 years enabled a California team of coastal erosion researchers to quantify and separate marine effects from subaerial effects.

West Coast
Advocacy

USA - Proposal to Protect Pacific Corals Exempts Military Training Areas

For the first time, the federal government is proposing critical habitat protections for coral species in the Pacific.

West Coast
Recreation

CA - Coastal Commission Largely Rejects New Oceano Dunes Plan, Suggests ‘Significant Shift’

The California Coastal Commission released a staff report on Wednesday that outlines its opposition to State Parks’ new plans for Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area.

West Coast
Property

CA - Opinion: California Needs a More Flexible Approach for Planning for Sea Level Rise Across the State

The state of California has changed its sea level rise guidance for state agencies and coastal communities, now advising in new “Principles for Aligned State Action” that Californians employ a single sea level rise target — plan for 3.5 feet by 2050 — as opposed to the more flexible approach the state used in the past.

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Property

CA - San Diego Launches Campaign to Make City More Resilient to Climate Change

Faced with several recent studies showing climate change will make San Diego highly vulnerable to sea level rise and severe wildfires, city officials are launching a campaign to make the city more resilient and better prepared.

West Coast
Property

CA - The Colossal Weight of Cities Is Making Them Sink, Even as Sea Levels Are Rising

Cities don't just have sea level rises to worry about – they're also slowly sinking under the weight of their own development, according to new research, which emphasises the importance of factoring subsidence into models of climate change risk.

West Coast
Engineering

CA - Port of San Diego Gets Approval for Native Oyster ‘Living Shoreline’ Project

The California Coastal Commission has voted unanimously to allow for the Port of San Diego to pilot a native oyster living shoreline adjacent to the Chula Vista Wildlife Refuge in south San Diego Bay.

West Coast
Waterways

CA - Regulatory Changes On the Horizon for California State Water Resources Control Board

On December 17, 2020, the Sacramento County Superior Court issued a ruling limiting the ability of the California State Water Resources Control Board (“State Board”) to implement its adopted statewide wetlands and Waters of the State (“WOTS”) regulations.

West Coast
Recreation

CA - California Parks Plan Would Turn Refinery Land Into a Coastal off-Road Playground

California State Parks has announced plans for a massive recreational development on the Phillips 66 Santa Maria oil refinery property, even though the oil company will not cease operations at the plant near Arroyo Grande for another two years.

West Coast
Recreation

CA - California parks plan would turn refinery land into a coastal off-road playground

State Parks is the first to come forward with comprehensive plans to transform the coastal property into something new. Included in the agency’s roughly 900-page plan and report released at the end of December 2020 were ideas for extensive new facilities on the property.

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