West Coast
West Coast
Property

CA - Lesson from Tunisia: Curb coastal erosion — stop building along Southern California beaches (Opinion)

After I returned from a long and demanding scientific expedition in the coastal areas of North Africa, my colleague took me for a walk on Corona del Mar State Beach. A few steps in, he started recalling 15-year-old memories of the beach and how it has changed since. The beach seemed to be disappearing because of sea level rise, he said.

West Coast
Science

CA - Why Are California's Waters Acidifying So Fast?

California’s coastal waters are acidifying twice as fast as the global average, according to a new study from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

West Coast
Property

CA - Pacific Legal Foundation: Hollister Ranch Owners' Association v. Xavier Becerra

Ranch owners fight legislation that gives the government unfettered access to private, sensitive coastal land and potentially punishes owners for defending their way of life

West Coast
Energy

CA - Offshore oil rigs could turn into windmills and dive hotels

A Long Beach conference explores new uses for oil rigs at the end of their life cycle.

West Coast
Advocacy

CA - Habitat Restoration in the Coast Timber Cove Resort

In partnership with The Center for Social and Environmental Stewardship, a non-profit organization based in Santa Rosa/Windsor, Timber Cove Resort removed 26,000 sq. ft. of non-native, invasive iceplant and replanted with native shrubs and seeds. This area was on the property's cove section of the hotel landscape. The Center for Social and Environmental Stewardship not only provided the biological expertise for this project, but also promotes educational opportunities and works withdisadvantaged youth on the project.

West Coast
Federal

CA - That rust on your shower head? It’s a $6-billion problem for the Navy, cruise ships and more

It’s a $6-billion scourge that afflicts Navy destroyers, cruise ships and historic vessels like the Queen Mary without fear or favor.

West Coast
Property

CA - King tides return to North County

Highest levels of the year seen as preview of sea-level rise

West Coast
Local

CA - Lompoc leaders look to open Surf Beach to fishing, have boat ramp installed at Ocean Park

After successfully advocating in 2019 to have Surf Beach kept open year-round, Lompoc city leaders have set their 2020 sights on increasing the recreational opportunities at the beach and its nearby estuary.

West Coast
Tourism

Destination Management: 'You have a bunch of hungover 20-year-olds': Locals sound off on Tahoe tourists

The southbound lane of North Upper Truckee Road in Tahoe often turns into a parking lot on a Sunday afternoon, especially during the winter ski season. The two-lane road is a popular bypass with tourists trying to avoid Highway 50 traffic on their return home after a weekend in the mountains.

West Coast
Recreation

CA - New American Girl doll Joss is a local — a Huntington Beach surfer girl

Jessica Anderson’s phone has been blowing up. Friends and family want to know if she has heard: The latest American Girl doll is a surfer girl named Joss from Huntington Beach.

West Coast
Engineering

The Colorado River is overcommitted – here’s how that happened

In the early years of the 20th century, leaders across the West had big dreams for growth, all of which were tied to taking water from the Colorado River and moving it across mountains and deserts.

West Coast
Advocacy

CA - California sues Silicon Valley billionaire over Martins Beach public access

California officials on Monday sued a Silicon Valley billionaire who has fought for more than a decade to keep a popular beach to himself — a move to end one of the most intense and high-profile public access battles in the state

West Coast
Advocacy

CA - Going Big with Marine Conservation

In the first days of 2020, the Pacific Ocean archipelago nation of Palau took the momentous step of protecting 80% — 500,000 square kilometers — of its exclusive economic zone (EEZ) from fishing. The move is at once a cultural tradition, a far-sighted strategy for future generations and an example of the level of conservation needed to protect ocean biodiversity and habitat.

West Coast
Engineering

CA - San Francisco will spend $150 million to save a giant sewer pipe

Circa-1896 Lake Merced Tunnel is critical to the city’s plumbing—and in danger from climate change

West Coast
Recreation

Cool Marine Life Video: Gray Whales Spotted Playing With Dolphins, Sea Lions Off Dana Point

Whale-watchers off Dana Point got the Christmas gift of a lifetime last week when a trio of gray whales was spotted frolicking with scores of dolphins and sea lions.

West Coast
Local

CA - Santa Barbara Sea Level Rise subcommittee expected to release draft adaption plan in February 2020

The subcommittee was formed in June 2018 to provide guidance in preparation of a Sea Level Rise Adaptation Plan for the city.

West Coast
Waterways

CA - Port of Oakland Outlook: A Conversation With New Executive Director

In November of 2019, Danny Wan was appointed to the position of executive director of the Port of Oakland. In naming him to the top position, the port drew from among its ranks — Wan has served for 13 years in a variety of advisory and executive management roles, including port attorney. In this conversation with SupplyChainBrain editor-in-chief Bob Bowman, Wan outlines his vision of the port’s future.

West Coast
Advocacy

CA - Why a college student who doesn’t surf is trying to reboot a Mavericks contest

Elizabeth Cresson, a Bay Area native attending Georgetown, is latest to take on Mavericks surf contest

West Coast
Science

CA - Tiny Shells Reveal Waters Off California Acidifying Twice As Fast As The Global Ocean, NOAA Reports

In first-of-its-kind research, NOAA scientists and academic partners used 100 years of microscopic shells to show that the coastal waters off California are acidifying twice as fast as the global ocean average — with the seafood supply in the crosshairs.

West Coast
Engineering

CA - Newport Beach considering digging a Confined Aquatic Disposal for dredging of the lower bay

The plan will include where to put about 100,000 cubic yards of sediment unsuitable for ocean disposal.

West Coast
Engineering

CA - San Clemente Finalizes Sea Level Rise Report in hopes of establishing a Coastal Program

San Clemente has sent a report of its areas most vulnerable to beach erosion to the California Coastal Commission in hopes of establishing a Local Coastal Program, which would allow the city to begin taking measures such as beach nourishment to combat the rising sea levels affecting its beaches.

Pacific Northwest
Fisheries

West Coast fishery rebounds in rare conservation 'home run'

A rare environmental success story is unfolding in waters off the U.S. West Coast.

Pacific Northwest
Science

Big, red blob in Pacific is gone; Now we get a different storm track

In October I wrote about a large area of much warmer than normal water in the north Pacific. The warm area of water influenced our storm track in October and November. Now the large area of warm water has been fading fast over the past month. The water temperatures now in the Pacific appear to be allowing a whole different storm track to emerge.

West Coast
Advocacy

CA - Hollister Ranch Settlement Agreement Ruled Invalid and Unenforceable

The campaign to obtain responsible public coastal access to the beaches by Hollister Ranch secured a significant victory last week with Santa Barbara Superior Court Judge Colleen Sterne’s ruling that invalidated a 2017 Settlement Agreement that purported to extinguish all public rights under a contested 1982 public access easement.

West Coast
Science

WA - Washington's oysters are a case study of hope in the face of environmental disaster

When climate change started killing the Pacific Northwest's oysters by the millions, scientists and growers taught the world how to safeguard an ecosystem.

West Coast
Engineering

The Precarious Future of Treasure Island: Rising Seas and Sinking Land

Treasure Island is a man-made polygon of 400 acres constructed by engineers on a shallow reef in the middle of San Francisco Bay.

West Coast
Energy

Huge West Coast wind project generates strongly opposing views

The government is due to announce its decision on a massive new wind energy project on the West Coast within the next two weeks.

West Coast
Property

Step Aside Fires, Drought And Crazy Weather. Sea Level Rise Is Slowly Getting Its Day In California

People love the Golden State because of the coastline. There are all sorts of songs about the vibe California embodies — think “California Gurls” by Katy Perry, “Californication” by the Red Hot Chili Peppers and “California Love” by 2Pac.

West Coast
Engineering

California conference sounds alarm about sea level rise, storms

Speaker at Propeller Club meeting says over 600,000 of the state’s residents will be exposed to flooding at the end of the century.

West Coast
Engineering

CA - State awards $5.5M for Hill Slough wetland restoration, research project

SUISUN CITY — Ducks Unlimited has received nearly $5.58 million to restore 603 acres of managed seasonal wetlands to tidal wetlands in the Hill Slough Wildlife Area of the Suisun Marsh.

West Coast
Fisheries

Huzzah: California crab will be available for holiday dinners!

The holiday tradition that some in San Francisco Bay Area have crab over the holidays is alive this season now that the risk of whale entanglements has diminished and the fishery is open!

West Coast
Science

CA - Foreboding sign for Monterey Bay sea lions

MONTEREY — Rescue organizations in southern California are finding sea lion pups sick and emaciated, stranded on beaches without their mothers months earlier than in previous years. This may not bode well for marine mammals in Monterey and Santa Cruz counties.

West Coast
Engineering

California officials need to move faster on sea level rise, legislative study finds

In one of the most comprehensive assessments of the crisis that rising seas pose to California, an influential state panel on Tuesday urged local officials to take ownership of the issue and lawmakers to move fast and consider much-needed legislation.

West Coast
Science

FL - Sea Urchins To The Rescue: Florida Researchers Launch Breeding Program To Help Revive Ailing Reefs

Florida has an underappreciated secret weapon to help heal its ailing reefs: prickly sea urchins.

West Coast
Science

Thousands of Mysterious Holes Have Been Found in The Ocean Floor Off The Californian Coast

There's a mystery lurking in the Pacific Ocean just off the coast of Big Sur, California. An underwater survey has found thousands of small, round divots scooped out of the soft sediment on the seafloor.

Coastwide
Recreation

Boost Surfing Creates World’s First Electric Fin for Surfboards

Today, Boost Surfing, creator of the first electric fin for surfboards, announced the launch of its Kickstarter campaign and the opening of pre-orders for the world-first surfing electric Fin.

West Coast
Local

Opinion: Without urgent action, California’s sea-level rise a threat to housing, economy, report says

California's local governments are reacting too slowly to predictions of rising sea levels that threaten the state's economy and housing, according to a report released by the Legislative Analyst's Office.

West Coast
Engineering

CA: The urbanist with a plan for the LA River

To Mia Lehrer, making LA more livable is all about peeling back the concrete

West Coast
Advocacy

CA: What's the key to helping southern sea otter?

The picture of sea otters frolicking among kelp beds and rocky shoals has become an iconic image of the California coastline. But it may be drawing attention away from the value of other habitat that could truly help the endangered species in its recovery - estuaries.

West Coast
Engineering

CA - Coastal farms in dispute over ponds

Pescadero property owners disagree on meaning of decades-old irrigation agreement

West Coast
Science

CA - A storm brought some of the largest waves ever recorded off the California coast last week. One was 75-feet tall

(CNN) The bomb cyclone that pounded the West Coast last week brought with it some of the tallest waves ever recorded off the California coast.

West Coast
Science

'Rivers in the sky' sparking flood damage in western US will only get bigger and wetter due to global warming

The researchers found that across the 11 western states, of the $50.8 billion of total estimated flood damages during 1978 to 2017, atmospheric rivers accounted for 84% of these damages, exceeding 99% in some areas of the coastal states.

West Coast
Engineering

Caltrans prepares for climate change impacts to California's transportation system

Caltrans will complete vulnerability assessments in each of its 12 districts to help protect the future of the transportation system.

West Coast
Local

CA - Orange County beaches fully reopen five days after major sewage spill

A five-day closure has been lifted for all of the Orange County coastal waters closed last week by a 1.4-million-gallon sewage spill in Laguna Beach.

West Coast
Tourism

CA - How to Avoid Loving a Place to Death: Cumulative Impacts & Land Use Policy

We have all been to places which are magnificent in their natural splendor but are so congested with people who love them that the experience is degraded along with the natural environment. In this case we are talking about the Sonoma County Coastline which stretches from Marin to Mendocino.

West Coast
Property

Billionaire Khosla Wins Ruling Threatening Public Beach Access

The First Appellate District Court of Appeals of California on Monday affirmed a lower court’s ruling that the public’s use of Martin’s Beach is a permissive right.

West Coast
Recreation

California Love: Impressive Northeast Pacific Low = Solid Surf

A low dropping southeastward from the Aleutians yesterday delivers a solid run of WNW swell for the Golden State to kickstart December.

West Coast
Advocacy

California Opinion: Newsom picks fish over farms, but still gets brickbats

When a union president was asked about his end goal in negotiations with his members’ employers, he responded with: “More.” No matter the proposal, he always demanded more of whatever was being offered to his union.

West Coast
Local

Record sewage spill hits Laguna Beach just after council approves more funding for sewer maintenance

Beaches from Newport to Dana Point will remain closed at least through Monday following a 1.4 million gallon sewage spill in Laguna Beach – the city’s worst in recent time.

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