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Engineering

CA - Study: Walls for sea level rise could cause floods in San Mateo County

Sections of the Bay Area trying to address sea level rise with sea walls or levees, like in San Mateo County could inadvertently make flooding worse for neighbors, according to a new study from the Stanford Natural Capital Project.

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Science

CA - SMAST News: Managing sea-level rise | School for Marine Science & Technology

SMAST Research Assistant Professor Robert Griffin and his colleagues at Stanford University and UT Arlington explore alternative ways to manage the dramatic increase of sea-level rise affecting coastal communities.

West Coast
Federal

CA - Coastal Commission to consider Pacific Grove coastal plan amendment

The city of Pacific Grove and Comstock, developer of the proposed ATC – Pacific Grove Hotel and Commercial Project, await a decision by the California Coastal Commission at its upcoming meeting in August on approval of an amendment that would affect the project proposed for the American Tin Cannery site.

West Coast
Fisheries

WA - Seattle’s River of the Damned

How dams on the Skagit River impact the survival of salmon and the whales that eat them.

West Coast
Fisheries

WA - NOAA says NW coastal “dead zones” are making crabs harder to find

Low oxygen levels measured in the waters off the coast of Washington and Oregon are raising concerns of large so-called “dead zones” that could temporarily decimate crab and bottom-dwelling fish populations within them.

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Fisheries

WA - Skagit dams in crosshairs of renewed push to save salmon, orcas

With Seattle’s power supply in the balance, tribes and activists are demanding changes to how Seattle City Light’s dams are run.

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Science

CA - UC San Diego receives $35M in state funding for new hydrogen-hybrid coastal research vessel

California legislators have allocated UC San Diego $35 million to design and build a new coastal research vessel with a first-of-its-kind hydrogen-hybrid propulsion system.

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Fisheries

CA - Devastating: 'Nearly All' Young Sacramento River Winter Chinook Salmon Could Perish This Year

On July 6, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife published an update on the status of federally and state-protected Sacramento River winter-run Chinook salmon, which warns “it is possible that nearly all in-river juveniles will not survive this season.”

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Local

CA - Proposed ballot measure would require residents' approval for major development in Laguna Beach

After an effort to give Laguna Beach residents a strong say in the fate of development projects within the city was curbed by the coronavirus pandemic last spring, the grassroots group Laguna Residents First submitted a notice of intent on Wednesday for a proposed ballot initiative that would do just that.

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Local

CA - Updated tsunami hazard maps for Orange County highlight at-risk areas

Updated tsunami hazard maps for Orange County will aid in planning evacuations should such a wave threaten local communities, the California Geological Survey said.

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Fisheries

CA - Dire drought warning: California says ‘nearly all’ salmon could die in Sacramento River

The drought is making the Sacramento River so hot that “nearly all” of an endangered salmon species’ juveniles could be cooked to death this fall, California officials warned this week.

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Engineering

CA - Oceanside searches for ways to keep sand on its eroding beaches

Oceanside’s annual harbor dredging and the occasional regional sand replenishment projects are not enough to save the city’s eroding beaches, a new study shows.

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Federal

WA - Gulf Research Program Opens Applications for Offshore Energy Safety Track of 2021 Early-Career Research Fellowship

The Gulf Research Program (GRP) of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine today announced it is now accepting applications for the Offshore Energy Safety track of the 2021 Early-Career Research Fellowship (ECRF). The fellowship period is Jan. 1, 2022 – Dec. 31, 2023.

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Justice

CA - Netflix film on women surfing equality to include Half Moon Bay

A feature film for Netflix about the fight for gender equality in surfing competitions, like Mavericks in Half Moon Bay, is in the works from the production company of actress Charlize Theron.

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Science

WA - Culprit behind summer mass shellfish mortality events in Washington...

In a new paper, scientists outline how certain algae species could have killed off oysters and clams in summer mortality events that have occurred since the 1930s.

West Coast
Fisheries

CA - California’s gill-net buy-back helps endangered species in Monterey Bay sanctuary

An environmental nonprofit out of Monterey is applauding this year’s state budget that is funding a transition away from deadly gill-net fishing by awarding commercial fishermen cash for turning in their nets — nets that have ensnared endangered sea turtles heading into the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.

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Fisheries

CA - California’s gill-net buy-back helps endangered species in Monterey Bay sanctuary

An environmental nonprofit out of Monterey is applauding this year’s state budget that is funding a transition away from deadly gill-net fishing by awarding commercial fishermen cash for turning in their nets — nets that have ensnared endangered sea turtles heading into the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.

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Aquaculture

NV - Land-based salmon farm in rural Nevada on track despite drought

Despite this year’s severe drought, a land-based salmon farm planned for rural Northern Nevada that will use millions of gallons of recycled groundwater is still in the works.

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Science

CA - Millions of Red Crab Would Sometimes Wash Ashore Leaving People Bewildered – Now Scientists Have Solved the Mystery

New findings suggest that abnormal ocean currents cause the occasional appearance of pelagic red crabs outside their native range.

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Justice

CA - Here's LA County's Plan to Return Manhattan Beach Oceanfront Property to Descendants of Black Family

Since the parcels of land owned by the county and targeted for transfer are deed-restricted, the effort to return land to the Bruce family requires final approval of state legislation authorizing the move.

West Coast
Aquaculture

CA - Research on alternative aquafeed ingredients hopes to minimise nutrient pollution from rainbow trout

Researchers from UC Santa Cruz are turning to marine microalga as a potential component of low-polluting aquafeed for farm-raised rainbow trout.

West Coast
Science

CA - Impact Why are so many whales dying on California beaches?

There’s an epidemic of whales washing up on the West Coast. Scientists are piecing together exactly why to try to find a solution.

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Energy

OR - Massive offshore wind farms could be coming to Oregon

A federal agency is planning some big things for offshore wind energy on the Oregon Coast.

West Coast
Advocacy

CA - Saving Native Oysters

Ten estuaries on the West Coast of North America have been identified as priority locations for expanding the use of conservation aquaculture in a study led by the Native Olympia Oyster Collaborative and funded by the Science for Nature and People Partnership (SNAPP).

West Coast
Advocacy

OR - Could Locally Recycled Glass Be Used To Rebuild Lincoln Beach?

While sharing a bottle of wine a few years back, Franziska Trautmann and Max Steitz commiserated about how much glass was ending up in New Orleans’ landfills.

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