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Property

California: A Rising Tide: A Look at How Local Cities Are Addressing Sea Level Rise

On Sept. 24, Jack Ainsworth, the California Coastal Commission’s Executive Director, issued a statement regarding the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate.

West Coast
Engineering

Malibu to Host Community Feedback Workshops to Help Create a Citywide Resiliency Plan

The City of Malibu will hold two workshops to get community feedback for the creation of a Citywide Resiliency Plan on Tuesday, October 29, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM and Saturday, November 23, 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Malibu City Hall.

West Coast
Local

Report: San Diego has unique edge to tackle climate change

The Earth’s coastal and polar areas are on thin ice, a new climate report warns, but San Diego may be in a better place than others to weather those changes if it acts swiftly, several authors said.

West Coast
Property

Californai: Coastal City Refuses to Retreat

A major showdown looms over how aggressively California cities will confront sea level rise

West Coast
Property

California: Federal Appeals Court Upholds Santa Monica's Home Sharing Law

October 3, 2019 -- A Federal Appeals Court on Thursday rejected a potential class-action lawsuit against the City that claimed its home sharing law, which bans leasing residential property short term unless the owner is present, is unconstitutional.

West Coast
Science

Exterminating mice would protect rare sea birds on Farallones, study says

The proposed extermination of hordes of house mice on the Farallon Islands would protect a fast-diminishing population of rare sea birds by halting rampant, unnatural predation by owls, said a study released Monday.

West Coast
Engineering

California: New Study Assesses Santa Barbara Coastline Vulnerability

Santa Barbara County residents love their coastline, from the small-town beaches of Carpinteria to Santa Barbara’s waterfront to camping hotspots like Jalama Beach and dramatic Guadalupe Dunes. But drastic changes are in store in coming decades as temperatures and sea levels rise, bringing massive impacts to local ecology and human systems.

West Coast
Energy

New Coalition Calls for 10 GW of West Coast Offshore Wind Power

Two Norwegian oil and gas leaders, oil major Equinor and offshore engineering company Aker Solutions, have joined forces with a coalition of renewable power companies to push for offshore wind development in waters off California.

West Coast
Advocacy

If you stapled a dollar at this beach bar, it’s gone now

Siesta Key Oyster Bar donates its legendary wallpaper to hurricane relief

West Coast
Engineering

Assembly Bill (AB) 65 to invest millions in green infrastructure along California’s coast

In an effort to combat the effects of our climate crisis, Assemblywoman Cottie Petrie-Norris (D-Laguna Beach) authored Assembly Bill 65 which was signed into law by Governor Newsom today. AB 65 invests in Green Infrastructure along the California coast in order to combat sea-level rise.

West Coast
Energy

Unlocking Northern California’s Offshore Wind Bounty

Building a multi-gigawatt offshore wind farm in Northern California requires linking to a market. Is a subsea cable to San Francisco the answer?

West Coast
Property

Planning for Two Transformative Waterfront Developments on San Diego County’s Chula Vista Bayfront

Like bookends, two major developments are transforming southern San Diego County’s city of Chula Vista, on its most eastern and western fronts: the 535-acre (216 ha) Chula Vista Bayfront development on the San Diego Bay and Otay Ranch, which will provide nearly 10,000 acres (4,000 ha) of master-planned, multiuse development, with a projected population of 114,119.

West Coast
Federal

Looking Back at The Blob: Record Warming Drives Unprecedented Ocean Change

Temperatures of up to 7 degrees Fahrenheit above normal disrupted the marine ecosystem in both expected and surprising ways.

West Coast
Science

An unlikely savior for California’s coastal ecosystems: orphaned sea otters

Stranded or orphaned baby sea otters have been given a new lease on life—and a mission: restoring damaged ecosystems along the California coast.

West Coast
Science

Meet the sea otters adopt orphaned pups and raise them to be wild

Rosa and Selka get lots of attention in their starring roles at the public daily feedings at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, especially during Sea Otter Awareness Week.

West Coast
Engineering

California: What will Malibu's beach erosion problem look like in 20 years?

THE RAPID EROSION TAKING PLACE IN RECENT YEARS OF MALIBU’S BEACHES HAS GARNERED MUCH CONCERN FROM CITIZENS, RESEARCHERS AND PUBLIC OFFICIALS. MALIBU MAGAZINE TAKES A LOOK AT THE CAUSES (IN PART CLIMATE CHANGE), THE OUTLOOK FOR BELOVED BEACHES AND WHAT CAN BE DONE.

West Coast
Science

Final Comprehensive Monitoring Report of Malibu Lagoon Indicates Proven Success Towards Project Goals

The Bay Foundation (TBF) and California State Parks have released the Malibu Lagoon Restoration and Enhancement Project Final Comprehensive Monitoring Report (Year 6), indicating that the restoration project has been determined to be wholly successful as assessed against project goals and success criteria.

West Coast
Tourism

Investigation Continues Following Dive Boat Conception Tragedy

The diving vessel caught fire and sank off the shore of Santa Cruz Island on Labor Day, killing 34 people aboard.

West Coast
Science

Near-record recent ocean warming along Pacific Coast

Researchers say the Pacific Ocean is seeing the second-largest marine heatwave tracked since the 1980s, touching from the Alaskan coast to Hawaii.

West Coast
Engineering

Q and A with California Coastal Commission leader: Sea-level is rising now

Q and A with Coastal Commission chief: Sea-level is rising now Jack Ainsworth also discusses conflicts with local government.

West Coast
Tourism

The Santa Monica Pier Turns 110

The Santa Monica Pier turned 110 on September 9. It’s an impressive anniversary for a structure whose fate has so often been in the balance.

West Coast
Science

Is ‘The Blob’ back? New marine heat wave threatens Pacific

In the fall of 2014, marine ecologist Jennifer Fisher was stunned when jellyfish and tiny crustaceans typically found in warmer waters filled her nets off the coast of Oregon. The odd catch was just one sign of the arrival of a vast patch of warm water that came to be known as “The Blob”—a massive marine heat wave that lasted 3 years and dramatically disrupted ecosystems and fisheries along North America’s Pacific coast.

West Coast
Science

Research Shows California’s Marine Sea Life Reserves Are Working

A study recently published from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography finds the seven-year-old network of underwater parks are allowing marine species to reproduce in safe places.

West Coast
Science

Spotting skates: Two decades of deep-sea video observations

Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute's vast collection of deep-sea video footage is revealing new insights on some of the ocean’s most mysterious species. In a recent study, researchers compiled data from 18 years of rare video observations on deep-water skates.

West Coast
Advocacy

Community Submersibles Project : Citizen Project Builds Submersibles to Explore Our Hidden Planet

An Evocation of Adventure: Manned Submersibles for Everyone! What If You Could Explore the Deep Sea in a Submersible? Become a submersible pilot! Learn about submersible mechanics, operations and safety with our two subs. Get access to ocean exploration technology and programs. Join us to explore the hidden wonders of our planet!

West Coast
Waterways

West Coast BUDM: Santa Barbara Harbor Maintenance Dredging

Construction services will consist of maintenance dredging of the federal navigation

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Science

Whale entanglements along West Coast drop by nearly half

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A conservation group says the number of whales entangled in crab fishing gear along the West Coast dropped by nearly half this year after a lawsuit settlement ended California's commercial Dungeness crab season early.

West Coast
Science

California: ‘Unusual’ number of snowy plovers found dead in riding areas of Oceano Dunes last month

Four snowy plovers were found dead in the SVRA park in the final weeks of August, according to Senior Environmental Scientist Ronnie Glick.

West Coast
Engineering

California: Local beach replenishment efforts gain mounting support from legislators

ENCINITAS — Legislators are voicing their concerns over North County’s volatile bluffs, with Congressman Mike Levin and others urging the funding of a project that would bring more sand to beaches in Solana Beach and Encinitas.

West Coast
Science

Explosion in plastic pollution post-World War II seen in marine sediments

The amount of plastic fragments in Santa Barbara Basin sediments has been increasing exponentially since the end of World War II, according to a study by researchers from Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego.

West Coast
Advocacy

Surfer Lakey Peterson has always felt a connection with the ocean

ESPN The Magazine did this profile of Lakey Peterson for their Body Issue.

West Coast
Engineering

From the Archives: 1930s beachfront homes in Newport Beach

Many of the original Newport Beach homes sat on the beach. But a series of storms and high tides in 1933-34 led homeowners to rethink this strategy.

West Coast
Local

Dog days are doomed as enforcement ramps up at ‘unofficial dog beach’ at mouth of the Santa Ana River

There’s a small canine haven wedged between Newport Beach and Huntington Beach, a swath of sand where pups frolic free, splashing around where the salty sea blends with fresh water flowing from the Santa Ana River.

West Coast
Science

Poor Farallon Islands bird breeding season prompts alarm

Farallon Islands researchers are alarmed after recording one of the worst breeding seasons this year in the largest seabird breeding colony in the continental United States.

West Coast
Science

What's Killing California's Sea Otters?

A recent study has identified which strains of a common parasite carried by cats is killing sea otters along the coast of California

West Coast
Waterways

Oil Spill Risk Cited in Fight Over San Francisco Bay Dredging Plan

SAN FRANCISCO (CN) – A major oil spill in one of the nation’s most economically important waterways could become more likely unless a plan to dredge two San Francisco Bay channels less frequently is reconsidered, lawyers for the state of California and a conservation group argued in court Wednesday.

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Waterways

New Technology Will Listen For Underwater Whale Traffic In An Effort To Reduce Ship Strikes

Scientists from the Benioff Ocean Initiative and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution have deployed a a hydrophone, or underwater microphone, to listen for whale traffic in the Santa Barbara Channel. They hope to use the microphone to help prevent collisions between whales and boats - which are often deadly to whales.

West Coast
Engineering

California: Rep. Levin Seeks Federal Funds to Prevent Bluff Collapses in North County

Rep. Mike Levin called on the federal government to approve funding for the the long-anticipated Encinitas-Solana Beach Coastal Storm Damage Reduction Project to prevent deadly bluff collapses.

West Coast
Waterways

Ships and whales: Living on the edge

The taut rope that was lowering an underwater listening station to the ocean’s floor collapsed on the tug boat’s deck with a slap, signalling to the crew on board that their mission was complete.‍

West Coast
Engineering

California - Erosion and a rising sea level put commuter train tracks in danger

A proposal to construct railroad tracks in a bluff trench in Del Mar, Calif., is raising some eyebrows with the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG). Facial expressions, however, are not always a green light.

West Coast
Property

California - Coastal resilience and adaptation program bill amended in committee

AB 552 proposes to provide guidance and funding for implementation of climate change and sea level rise action items.

Coastwide
Science

John Steinbeck's Epic Ocean Voyage Rewrote the Rule of Ecology

A legendary writer, a quirky biologist and their jolly adventure in the Sea of Cortez

West Coast
Fisheries

Climate change may damage oyster habitat up and down California, researchers say

In California, the native Olympia oyster — nearly wiped out by over-harvesting at the beginning of the 1900s — and the widely farmed Pacific oyster both call coastal estuaries their home.

West Coast
Property

Oregon Repeals Tsunami-Zone Construction Ban; California Still Has None

NEWPORT, Ore. (AP) — With sunlight sparkling off surrounding Yaquina Bay, workers are putting up an ocean-studies building, smack in the middle of an area expected to one day be hit by a tsunami.‍

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Science

New maps show how little is left of West Coast estuaries

The most detailed study ever done of coastal estuaries concludes that nearly 750,000 acres of historic tidal wetlands along the West Coast, including enormous swaths of Bay Area habitat, have disappeared largely as a result of development.

West Coast
Fisheries

Domoic acid closes Oregon Coast to razor clamming from Umpqua River to California

REEDSPORT, Ore. - Razor clam harvesting is now closed from the south jetty of the Umpqua River south to the California border after tests found elevated levels of the marine biotoxin domoic acid, the Oregon Department of Agriculture and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife said Friday.

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Local

Harvesting the sea: Seaweed is coming to a dinner table near you

Sea lettuce lives to be thrashed by salt water. Paper thin, opaque, and a little rubbery, it spends life on the rocks that live in the intertidal zone, constantly battered by the foam that crashes onto the shore—unless, of course, the tide’s out. A soft earthy green enveloped in the curlicues of itself, the algae also known as seaweed cuddles up next to likeminded cousins such as rockweed, a thicker, darker brown algae that kind of looks like a fanned out, soft coral.

West Coast
Science

Scientists struggle to find reasons behind gray whale deaths

Some researchers think the whales are starving, but the cause of death may be far more complicated.

West Coast
Advocacy

‘Outrage’ As Developer Bulldozes Environmentally Sensitive Playa Del Rey Area, CA

LA City Councilmember Mike Bonin and Playa del Rey residents are demanding action after a developer bulldozed an environmentally sensitive area.

West Coast
Property

California Coastal Commission: If Trinidad Rancheria Can Find Water, it Can Build its Hotel

The California Coastal Commission went against the recommendation of its staff Thursday and gave the Trinidad Rancheria the go-ahead — or a “conditional concurrence” — to build a five-story hotel on its property off Scenic Drive south of the city.

West Coast
Science

Jumbo Squid Are Missing From Monterey Bay. Will They Ever Return?

Jumbo squid live up to their name. They can grow up to six feet long and can weigh 100 pounds. They’re deep red, muscular, and just plain mean. Mexican fisherman call them diablo rojo — red devil — because they eat each other and anything they can. When the squid invaded Monterey Bay in 2002, they devoured over 50 kinds of fish.

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Science

Scientists to restore rocky intertidal seaweed to boost coastal biodiversity

Somewhat drab and unassuming, the humble rockweed's olive-green or yellowish-brown appearance belies its importance in the rocky intertidal zone.

West Coast
Science

Modeling predicts blue whales’ coastal foraging behavior, aiding population management efforts

Scientists can now predict where and when blue whales are most likely to be foraging for food in the California Current Ecosystem, providing new insight that could aid in the management of the endangered population in light of climate change and blue whale mortality due to strip strikes, a new study shows.

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Property

Environment Report: Cliff Dangers Are Clear But the Causes Aren't

A Scripps Institution of Oceanography researcher who studies coastal erosion says it’s nearly impossible to pinpoint the cause of cliff collapses like the one that killed three people in Encinitas on Friday.

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Recreation

Documentary at Newport film festival will show how Huntington Beach set Guinness world record for largest paddle-out

It took 511 surfers to claim the world record. Surfers were supposed to hold onto a massive circle of pool noodles, but it eventually broke and they joined hands instead. Several city officials, including then-Mayor Barbara Delgleize, were in attendance.

West Coast
Local

Plans to restore Ormond Beach include realigning lagoon, installing trail system

When Shirley Godwin and her husband Larry moved to south Oxnard in the 1960s, Ormond Beach beckoned.

West Coast
Engineering

The urbanization of the beach: Two-Thirds of Southern California Beaches Largely Devoid of Biodiversity

Some of Southern California's most iconic and popular beaches have lost most of their biodiversity, according to marine scientists

West Coast
Property

Judge Upholds Order to Remove Seawall on Laguna Beach, California

An Orange County Superior Court judge recently upheld a cease and desist order from the California Coastal Commission that required a Laguna Beach couple to remove a seawall they built to protect their oceanfront home on Victoria Beach.

West Coast
Recreation

Collapsing California cliff claims 3 lives along beach

A popular surfing beach was closed Saturday after a cliff collapsed, sending tons of sandstone onto beachgoers and killing three people.

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