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Advocacy

Long Beach's Coast Is Polluted. This Pile Of Gnarly Rocks Is Part Of The Reason

There's a 2-mile rock wall off the coast of Long Beach that's been one of the most important — and controversial — pieces of infrastructure in Southern California for the past 70 years.

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Property

Washington state waterfront owners asked to take dead whales

PORT HADLOCK, Wash. (AP) — At least one Washington state waterfront landowner has said yes to a request to allow dead gray whales to decompose on their property.

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Science

Scripps: ‘The oceans are taking a beating’: Seawater temperatures on SLO’s coast keep getting higher

It all started here at the historic Scripps Institution of Oceanography Pier at La Jolla, the long long-term carbon dioxide (CO2) level monitoring program, like so many other oceanographic, atmospheric and biological studies they have conducted over the many decades. Read more here: https://www.sanluisobispo.com/news/weather/weather-watch/article231607708.html#storylink=cpy

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Engineering

The Dramatic Changes at Iconic Malibu Surfrider Explained

Surfrider Beach in Malibu has a new closeout section in the middle of First Point. Waves also now kiss the lifeguard stand at high tide, forcing the tower back further and further on the now-disappearing beach.

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Recreation

Pebble Beach aims to keep harmful golf balls out of ocean

(Reuters) - Pebble Beach Golf Links, which hosts the U.S. Open this week, hopes the world’s best golfers will keep their balls on the fairways and out of the sensitive coastal waters, which have been overwhelmed by decades of golf ball pollution.

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Advocacy

LOCALS FEUD WITH MIRAMAR OVER BEACH ACCESS

Local residents and Miramar Resort have engaged in productive conversations after a video showed resort staff kicking local families off the beach.

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Advocacy

Miramar, Montecito Residents Butt Heads Over Beach Access

Management Told Families Celebrating Graduation That Kids Were a Noisy Nuisance

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Advocacy

What the Crash of Abalone and Invasion of Urchins Says About Ocean Health

If one word could ever have characterized the red abalone population of northern California, it might have been abundance. The coveted sea snails were so numerous in places that divers often found them stacked on top of each other two and three deep, their fat muscular feet — the prized edible part — spilling out from under their shells as they foraged for food. The animals eat algae, and for all of California’s modern history, they thrived in the lush coastal kelp forests of Sonoma, Mendocino and Humboldt counties.

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Local

Imperial Beach sets rules for sidewalk vendors

What happens with the food truck revolution comes to a beach town near you? New rules and regulations.

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Science

Gray whales are in the midst of an ‘unusual mortality event,’ NOAA says

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Friday it is launching an investigation into the high number of gray whale deaths reported on the West Coast this year to determine whether environmental, human or disease-related causes are to blame.

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Property

California uses untested powers for 'managed retreat'

Before the threat of rising seas was widely understood, California created an agency to protect its famous beaches from overdevelopment. Now the state Coastal Commission is pouring resources into a war against the effects of climate change, and it could lead toward the removal of oceanfront homes.

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Advocacy

The 1969 Santa Barbara oil spill: An environmental 'shot heard around the world'

CNT Editor's Note: On the Memorial Day Summer Kick Off Podcast, Part II, we interviewed Andra Belknap from Ventura County, California. We discussed the famous Ventura oil spill from the late 1960's and referred to it as the Amaco Cadiz. That was wrong. The oil tanker Amoco Cadiz ran aground off the coast of Brittany, France, on 16 March 1978, and ultimately split in three and sank, all together resulting in the largest oil spill of its kind in history to that date. This story is about the actual late 1960's spill Andra was referring to.

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Advocacy

Free Surf Beach? Lompoc officials seeking end to annual plover restrictions

If some of Lompoc’s leaders get their way, the annual closures at the city’s closest publicly accessible beach may become a thing of the past.

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Engineering

Sonoma Coast erosion forces Highway 1 lane closure, with a long-term fix years out

A stretch of southbound Highway 1 on the Sonoma Coast at risk of failure from coastal erosion for two decades has finally been abandoned — the cracked and sagging western-most lane shut down for good last week.

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Engineering

L.A. supervisors revise budget for Marina Beach improvement project

Costs for Marina del Rey redevelopment enterprise, which requires a few finishing touches, inches closer to $6 million.

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Science

Gray whale deaths on West Coast may be linked to Arctic warmth

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) - Dozens of gray whales have been found dead along the U.S. West Coast in recent weeks and some scientists believe the cause lies far to the north, in the heated-up Arctic waters off Alaska.

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Advocacy

Coastal Commission Approves Public Access Map—With MRCA Input

The California Coastal Commission and the City of Malibu have finally come to an agreement after seven years of back and forth.

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Science

Strange, Tsunami-Like 'Tidal Event' In SF Bay Remains A Mystery

Though still unconfirmed on the cause, a bizarre oceanic event in the Bay could be a harbinger of strange things to come. What happened on January 20, 2019, in the San Francisco Bay was so rare and mysterious, that it has simply been called a "tidal event," as the Examiner reports.

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Fisheries

West Coast rockfish population rebuild project a success, NOAA says

West Coast fishing communities earned millions of dollars from a trial program allowing fishermen to cash in on rebounding rockfish populations, NOAA announced last month.

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Tourism

Santa Cruz County Tourism Hits $1 Billion For First Time Ever

SANTA CRUZ COUNTY, CA — For the first time in Santa Cruz County history, the tourism industry reached the $1 billion mark.

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Energy

Retired oil rigs off the California coast could find new lives as artificial reefs (Bonus: ASPN interview with Amber Sparks Jackson of Blue Latitides)

Offshore oil and gas drilling has been a contentious issue in California for 50 years, ever since a rig ruptured and spilled 80,000 to 100,000 barrels of crude oil off Santa Barbara in 1969. Today it’s spurring a new debate: whether to completely dismantle 27 oil and gas platforms scattered along the southern California coast as they end their working lives, or convert the underwater sections into permanent artificial reefs for marine life.

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Science

City of Goleta Bay Kelp Restoration Project

Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties, CA - Beach Erosion Authority for Clean Oceans and Nourishment (BEACON) and its partners are restoring the historic kelp bed in Goleta Bay, California. The "sand dwelling" kelp bed in Goleta Bay was completely destroyed in the 1982-1983 El Nino storms.

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Engineering

Elkhorn Slough Restoration Project Receives $1 Million Grant

The grant is part of a $20 million package announced last week for 22 projects in 11 coastal states.

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Science

West Coast Sea stars in remission

Slow and steady wins the race — especially in sea star restoration. Following a devastating loss of sea star life from Alaska to Mexico due to sea star wasting disease in 2013, the population is gently increasing its way back upward.

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Energy

Offshore Wind: California's New Gold Rush

California Dreamin': In CA, offshore wind has unlimited potential

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Engineering

Desalination company's restoration obligations on deck at California Coastal Commission meeting

California Coastal Commission members will be discussing Poseidon Water’s mitigation obligations, which were set in place to allow the Carlsbad desalination plant to move forward, at the upcoming May meetings in Oxnard.

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Engineering

Four years after California’s largest dam removal project, how are the fish doing?

Steelhead trout numbers are growing on the Carmel River, a potential model for other dam removal projects nationwide

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Science

Basking sharks are back on West Coast, and researchers fish for answers

Ryan Lawler saw the dorsal fin in the distance, swaying slowly side to side, and assumed it was a great white shark. As his boat got closer, he saw the massive fish's snout sticking out of the water, its mouth wide open.

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Property

California to fine developer for building pricey beach hotel

Marine aquaculture will expand, but the quality and location of this growth will depend on sound governance, researcher says

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Energy

11 companies want to build offshore wind farms near Morro Bay, Diablo Canyon

Massive pods of 700-foot floating wind turbines off the coast of California are edging closer to becoming a reality, now that the state has firm applications from several companies hoping to realize the vision.

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Engineering

Study Finds San Francisco Bay is Sinking Faster than Expected

Sea-Level Rise isn’t the Only Factor in Bay Area’s Future Flooding Risk

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Science

Untangling a Web of Interactions Where Surf Meets Coastal Ocean

In 2017, an ocean research team launched an unprecedented effort to understand what drives ocean currents in the overlap regions between surf zones and continental shelves.

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Energy

California coast goes gaga over floating wind energy

Things sure are happening fast around the US offshore wind power scene. Up until last week it looked like wind development along the Pacific coast would be a long time coming. Well, that was then. All of a sudden, no less than 14 companies are duking it out for the right to power up wind farms in the waters to the west of California.

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Recreation

El Niño and our beaches | Gary Griggs, Our Ocean Backyard

Our beaches come and go seasonally in response to changing wave conditions. The larger and more energetic winter waves stir up the beach sand and carry it offshore, eroding the shoreline back. Six months or so later, the smaller and less energetic spring and summer waves gradually move that sand back onshore, building the beach just in time for all the summer visitors.

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Property

The Last Perfect Place in California

Understanding the 24,000-Acre Dangermond Preserve’s High Hopes and Huge Hurdles

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Science

Lost sea creatures wash up on California shores as climate shifts

BODEGA BAY, Calif. – The Pacific Ocean off the California coast is mixed up, and so are many of the animals that live there.

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Science

California: After Years of Handwringing and Lengthy Stakeholder Negotiations, Water Board Adopts State Wetland Definition

On Tuesday, April 2, 2019, the California State Water Resources Control Board (“State Water Board”) adopted its proposed State Wetland Definition and Procedures for Discharges of Dredge or Fill Material to Waters of the State (“Procedures”).

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Fisheries

Fishery Management Council adopts 2019 West Coast Salmon seasons

Rohnert Park, Ca. – The Pacific Fishery Management Council adopted ocean salmon season recommendations that provide recreational and commercial opportunities for most of the Pacific coast, and achieve conservation goals for the numerous individual salmon stocks on the West Coast.

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Science

California: Clash of the titans: white sharks vs. orcas

When orcas and white sharks cross paths, only one can prevail as the true apex predator. New research from the Monterey Bay Aquarium published in Nature Scientific Reports details these rare, sometimes brutal encounters — and their ecological implications.

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Fisheries

Pacific Sardines at Risk as Their Numbers Drop 98% Since 2006

(CN) – Pacific sardines, the small, oily fish favored by salmon, baleen whales and toothed whales, have had their population collapsed by 98 percent since 2006, according to the Pacific Fisheries Management Council, which on Friday formerly declared the West Coast population overfished.

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Engineering

Open Forum: San Francisco should look to nature to respond to sea-level rise

With crumbling sea walls, rising seas and effective federal action still up in the air, it’s no wonder that climate change is a growing topic of concern for San Franciscans.

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Property

Sunny days, fertilizer runoff and sewage can create toxic bacteria at Salton Sea

THE SALTON SEA COULD BE AN IDEAL BACTERIA BREEDING GROUND. DETECTED LEVELS ARE LOW SO FAR, BUT ELSEWHERE, PEOPLE AND PETS HAVE DIED.

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Science

Endangered pod of killer whales spotted in Monterey Bay — for the first time in 8 years

Video showing an endangered killer whale pod in Monterey Bay — a place where they haven’t been seen in years — is making waves.

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Science

Clams and Water Pumping Explain Phytoplankton Decline in San Francisco Estuary

Timing Could Make a Difference to Ease the Double Punch of Clams and Pumps

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Property

Airbnb now collecting Long Beach hotel taxes from visitors

Long Beach, California - City's 12% occupancy tax had gone uncollected prior to April 1 adoption of new agreement. More than 70,000 visitors used Airbnb rather than Long Beach hotels to find accommodations in 2017, the company said.

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Advocacy

California Moving Toward Greater Public Beach Access at Hollister Ranch and Beyond

In the latest chapter of a 40-year battle over who gets access to the California coast, the tides could be turning in favor of the public; but not without a fight from private landowners. The state has taken major new steps to establish access and to broaden public input in their decision making.

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Fisheries

Former lawyer starts largest kelp farm in North America

Two years ago, Markos Scheer was sitting pretty. He had a comfortable job working as an attorney at the Williams, Kastner & Gibbs law firm, representing seafood companies and fishermen that operated from California to the Bering Sea. His family was living quite happily in Seattle, Washington, U.S.A.

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Property

Drop in the Bucket: Marin County, California faces a flooded future head-on

“It’s a drop in the bucket,” Marin County Supervisor Dennis Rodoni says. The 4th District representative made the rounds in West Marin over the weekend and talked about news of a new $3 million Federal Emergency Management Agency grant that’s being made available to homeowners who live in flood-prone zones in the county’s unincorporated parts.

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Engineering

Protecting California’s Coast With Armor And Habitat

Highway 101 is busy. People driving between Solana Beach and Encinitas can take the scenic road instead of hopping onto the nearby, but frequently congested Interstate 5. Encinitas City Council Member Kelly Shaw Hinze said the road draws more than just car traffic.

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Fisheries

California Dungeness Crab Fishery to Close 3 Months Early to Protect Whales

California - A settlement announced Tuesday between fishers, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Center for Biological Diversity will bring an April 15 close to the Dungeness crab season statewide, three months earlier than it usually ends.

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Property

Half Moon Bay goes after Airbnb operators who dodge tax -- No estimate on amount of money city has lost

Half Moon Bay, California -- The city of Half Moon Bay is tightening its enforcement to collect taxes from short-term rental owners who use the popular listing service Airbnb.

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Energy

Gov. Kate Brown signs ban on offshore drilling

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - Oregon has permanently banned offshore drilling in the midst of a federal push to open 90 percent of federal waters to oil exploration.

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Advocacy

COASTAL COMMISSION HAILED FOR LAGUNA BEACH SEAWALL REMOVAL, BUT IN SAN CLEMENTE …

The state Coastal Commission did a better job protecting the ocean and coastline in 2018, according to a new report that identifies votes on Orange County issues as the panel’s best and worst actions of the year.

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Science

Sick marine mammals turning up on California seashores in droves

As record rains have poured down on California’s coasts, sending thousands of gallons of runoff into the ocean and dumping debris and trash onto the beaches, dozens of sickened marine mammals have been turning up along the state’s shores this winter.

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Waterways

Robots vs. Workers: Port of Los Angeles punts new terminal project in wake of Union ire

28-day cooling off period now in works after contentious debate about automation; Union reminds officials that ‘robots do not pay taxes.’

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Property

OPINION Hotels should fight short-term rentals

While hotels pour money into marketing to try to boost their business, they are acting like they are unaware of the greatest challenge to their business model their industry has ever faced: the conversion of single-family houses into commercial short-term rental “mini-hotels.”

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Science

Role of sea urchins on California kelp

The new research provides valuable information to understand and protect California's quintessential kelp forests.

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Property

Airbnb Loses Huge Battle Over California City’s Rental Law

Airbnb Inc. and Expedia Group Inc.’s HomeAway failed to persuade a U.S. court of appeals to strike down a Santa Monica law that makes the companies liable for illicit rentals in the Southern California beach city.

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Science

Flight of the jellyfish, eel and barnacle along the California coast

BODEGA BAY, Calif. — Marine biologist Jacqueline Sones was strolling along a beach near this Northern California fishing village one foggy summer morning when she spotted an unfamiliar jellyfish bobbing in the surf.

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Engineering

Destruction from sea level rise in California could exceed worst wildfires and earthquakes, new research shows

In the most extensive study to date on sea level rise in California, researchers say damage by the end of the century could be far more devastating than the worst earthquakes and wildfires in state history.

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Fisheries

Pacific Fishery Management Council releases alternatives for 2019 West Coast Ocean Salmon Fisheries

The Pacific Fishery Management Council adopted three alternative season structures for 2019 ocean salmon fisheries off of Washington, Oregon and California today, Tuesday, March 12, 2019 for public review. The Council will make a final decision on salmon seasons at its meeting in Rohnert Park, California, on April 11-15.

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Science

Dolphin strandings increase along Southern California coast

Experts are concerned about an increase in dolphin strandings along the Southern California coast. The Pacific Marine Mammal Center says it has responded to six beached dolphins this month and received reports of two others.

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Fisheries

Habitat restoration project yields unprecedented results for coho salmon

MENDOCINO COUNTY, Calif. – Scientists and conservationists are reporting the return of spawning coho salmon to the upper reaches of a tributary of Big River, thanks to a four-year habitat restoration project led by Mendocino Land Trust in partnership with California Department of Fish and Wildlife and Jackson Demonstration State Forest.

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