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Advocacy

How a Coastal California State Park is putting a town’s health at risk

The California Department of Parks and Recreation has known for decades that off-road vehicle activity at its park on the Oceano Dunes contributes to a plume of dust that’s a health risk to downwind communities.

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Federal

Panetta seeks new designation for coastal universities on the frontlines of climate change

SANTA CRUZ — Legislation put forward by a Central Coast congressman would create a new designation for coastal colleges and universities on the frontlines of climate change research and education.

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Property

Sudden oak death spreading fast, California’s coastal forests facing devastation

It is the forgotten killer when compared to our increasingly frequent climate calamities, but the virulent pathogen known as sudden oak death remains active and is spreading death so fast it could destroy California’s coastal forest ecosystem, UC Berkeley scientists reported Thursday.

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Recreation

Surf's PUP! Adorable moment therapy dog Ricochet helps disabled children and adults learn to ride the waves

This adorable Golden Retriever offers emotional support to veterans and vulnerable riders as a surf therapy dog.

West Coast
Local

New park to be built on top of highway tunnels near Golden Gate Bridge

“Tunnel Tops” project in San Francisco Presidio breaks ground Thursday

West Coast
Fisheries

CDFW: Commercial Dungeness crab fishery delayed south of Mendocino-Sonoma County line

The California Department of Fish & Wildlife announced Tuesday the commercial Dungeness crab fishery has been delayed south of the Mendocino and Sonoma County line.

West Coast
Science

Scientists make discovery on coastal water flow

The 200-mile zone that hugs the curvature of the coast bursts with life, from phytoplankton to whales. Out in the open ocean, this activity is comparatively diminished. Understanding how coastal water is moved offshore fertilizing the open ocean is a long-standing goal of ocean scientists.

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Engineering

Restoring a San Mateo County creek to keep new generations of fish thriving

The heavy construction equipment had been removed, so Kellyx Nelson walked out on a breezy bluff to take stock of the stunning panorama of newly channeled waterways and marsh that she helped design near Pescadero State Beach.

West Coast
Waterways

Port of Long Beach Deep Draft Navigation Study Kicks Off -- Notice of Availability of Draft Integrated Feasibility Report

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Los Angeles District and the Port of Long Beach (POLB), acting by and through its Board of Harbor Commissioners have completed a Draft Integrated Feasibility Report (IFR) and Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report (EIS/EIR) for the Port of Long Beach Deep Draft Navigation Feasibility Study located in the City of Long Beach, Los Angeles County, California.

West Coast
Recreation

Photos: Halloween surfers come out in costume for annual spooky surf event

Surfers in costume participate in the 13th Annual Blackies Halloween Surf event in Newport Beach, California on Oct. 26, 2019. Getting festive for Halloween, the surfers dressed up in their best costumes to hit the waves. The event is held on the last Saturday before Halloween.

West Coast
Science

Purple sea urchins plague Oregon, California coasts

Tens of millions of voracious purple sea urchins that have already chomped their way through towering underwater kelp forests in California are spreading north to Oregon, sending the delicate marine ecosystem off the shore into such disarray that other critical species are starving to death.

West Coast
Science

Sea urchin explosion decimates kelp forests off Pacific coast CBC.ca

Seafloor denuded, fisheries for red abalone and red sea urchin destroyed

West Coast
Federal

Trump Admin Moves to End Protections for Endangered Fish Threatened by California’s Water Wars

The Trump administration is rolling back protections for endangered California fish species, a move long sought by a group of wealthy farmers that Interior Secretary David Bernhardt continued to lobby for months before he began working for the administration, The New York Times reported Tuesday.

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Recreation

Opinion: State should approve new San Francisco Bay nature park

The California State Lands Commission has a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to create an all-natural shoreline park on Burlingame’s bayfront, just south of San Francisco International Airport.

West Coast
Waterways

Newport Beach to Host Pacific Chapter WEDA Fall 2019 Conference

The Western Dredging Association is gearing up for the Pacific Chapter WEDA Fall 2019 Conference that will be held in Newport Beach, CA from Tuesday, October 29, through Thursday, October 31, 2019.

West Coast
Federal

NOAA Seeks Public Comment on Updating Management Plan for Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary

NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries is revising the management plan for Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary. Public scoping is the first phase in the revision process, and the public can comment through November 15 on the scope of issues and programs to be considered within an updated plan. Comments may be submitted online, by mail, or in person at the public scoping meetings.

West Coast
Advocacy

Elitism works: Keep the gates to Hollister Ranch closed; equity is a false god!

Two things can be true at once: someone can be an elitist rich man and also do better for the environment than the snakes in Sacramento could ever hope to be.

West Coast
Engineering

California: Oceanside to launch sand retention study

Alarmed by Oceanside’s shrinking beaches, a group of residents succeeded this week in getting the city to consider taking on the federal government’s oversight of a local sand replenishment project. The City Council unanimously approved a motion Wednesday by Mayor Peter Weiss to have staffers prepare a capital budget amendment to cover the anticipated costs of a sand-retention project. Details will be presented at an upcoming council meeting.

West Coast
Science

Clingfish biology inspires better suction cup

A team of engineers and marine biologists built a better suction cup inspired by the mechanism that allows the clingfish to adhere to both smooth and rough surfaces. Researchers reverse engineered the clingfish's suction disk and developed devices that cling well to wet and dry objects both in an out of water. The devices can hold up to hundreds of times their own weight.

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