OCEANSIDE — With more than $500,000 in combined state and federal funding and the conceptual restoration planning for the Loma Alta Wetlands Enhancement Project complete, the project is one step closer to coming to fruition.
A new partnership with Pasadena-based Jet Propulsion Laboratory (NASA JPL) will help state agencies better understand climate change impacts and identify opportunities to build resilience, conserve biodiversity and use California’s natural and working lands to store and remove carbon from the atmosphere.
On October 7 California Governor Gavin Newsom ordered the state to create a new California Biodiversity Collaborative and conserve 30 percent of its land and coastal waters by 2030.
A four-year battle over a plan to dredge 13 miles of waterways to clear San Francisco Bay for larger oil tankers ended Monday, with the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers announcing it was scuttling the project.
Matthew Costa stepped gingerly into a little pocket wetland near the Del Mar Fairgrounds. The squishy salt marsh is more than just a patch of habitat in the intertidal zone.
Rents are up 4-6% in Riverside and San Bernardino counties, but have been falling in L.A. and Orange counties since the pandemic hit.
Proving to be an unwelcome visitor to travel economies like the North Bay, COVID-19 has slashed in half tourism spending in California.
Torrance’s Madrona Marsh Preserve and Nature Center will, by March, finally see the overdue restoration of its vernal pools, critically important wetland habitat home to numerous rare plants and animals, including two species of fairy shrimp, at a cost of about $470,000.
Marin faces three natural disasters related either to fire, water and the shaking of the earth.
GLEASON BEACH, Calif. — A few winding turns past Bodega Bay, along foggy bluffs and coastal prairie, relentless waves pound a crumbling stretch of coastline in dire need of saving.
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) today announced the selection of 27 projects that will receive funding for the restoration, enhancement and protection of anadromous salmonid habitat in California watersheds.
The California Department of Parks and Recreation (State Parks) on Tuesday announced $37 million in allocations to 30 agencies under the Proposition 68 Recreational Infrastructure Revenue Enhancement (RIRE) Grant Program.
The central coast has become a popular travel spot for humans and a migration hotspot for marine life.
Enjoying nature while preserving it is an age-old conflict in California, but nowhere is it more fraught than at Oceano Dunes. Can off-roading and endangered species coexist?
In a historic move to resurrect the largest dam removal project in the U.S., Oregon, California, the Yurok Tribe and the Karuk Tribe signed an agreement on Tuesday to push forward on dam removal.
Ethereal, swaying pillars of brown kelp along California’s coasts grow up through the water column, culminating in a dense surface canopy of thick fronds that provide homes and refuge for numerous marine creatures.
Spring-run Chinook salmon, critical to Indigenous fishers along the Klamath River, are in steep decline. But two recent developments may offer a path to their recovery.
The recently completed dredging of the Petaluma River, a long overdue project, cleared the channel of boatloads of mud and silt that had blocked commerce and recreation on the waterway.
King tides are the year’s highest and lowest tides, occurring when there is alignment of the gravitational pull between the sun, moon and Earth.
There's a battle to protect the Ballona Wetlands—but what will happen to the last remaining wetlands in Los Angeles?
Closing three areas to commercial harvest could help restore ecosystem crucial to fighting climate change
A new study suggests the marine mammal can recover naturally if illegal fishing is eliminated
After a seven-month ban on vehicle entry, the Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area (SVRA) opened its gates to street-legal vehicles on Oct. 30, a day that was met with celebrations, protests, and even a lawsuit.
UCSB’s Benioff Ocean Initiative has been working with a collaboration of scientists on tool called Whale Safe, a mapping and analysis tool designed for the shipping industry and displays near real-time whale presence information.
Considering how interconnected and small the world feels, much of the ocean goes surprisingly unmonitored by scientists.
MONTEREY — With catch limit regulations staying at the status quo, the commercial fishing industry has apparently landed a victory in the fight over Pacific sardine management.
Two women received an unexpected (and dangerous) visit on Monday — from a humpback whale that overturned their kayak off the coast of California.
As many Orange County residents are painfully aware, the pandemic and the ensuing economic downturn laid bare many of the vulnerabilities among low-income communities, Latinx families, and people of color.
California State Parks on Monday announced recommendations for $5.6 million in funding for eight local non-motorized trail projects under the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) Recreational Trails Program (RTP).
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SeaWorld Research Institute and Dick Laub Fisheries Replenishment program are working to get the California halibut back into the wild.
PLAYA DEL REY, Calif. — Preserving and protecting the Ballona Wetlands in West Los Angeles has been a topic of discussion for decades.
COLLINSVILLE — The first phase of a highly touted tidal marsh recovery plan was completed this week when a levee was breached and the restored marsh area was reconnected to the San Francisco Bay estuary for the first time since the late 1800s.
Artificial reef, bypass system, groins considered for eroding coastline
L.A.'s coast was once a DDT dumping ground. No one could see it — until now
Vital marine plant nurtures fish and wildlife, helps protect coastline
Proposed floating wind farms off Northern California’s Humboldt Bay could generate power for the San Francisco Bay Area utilizing an underwater transmission line system extended over 250 miles and costing upwards of $3.1 billion, according to a Humboldt State University report.
Viewers can tune in live to watch trio of Scripps Oceanography researchers and their students explore the deep ocean
High wind event to prompt PG&E to cut power to about 1 million on Sunday
It may be many months before the full personal, economic and environmental damages of California’s massive wildfires are known, but researchers are working to assess the damages.
California State Parks on Tuesday announced plans to reopen the Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area (SVRA) and Pismo State Beach to vehicle use.
Experts say people on both sides of the debate over whether to exempt the Midway district from the coastal height limit are failing to consider how future climate change will restrict who can live along the cooler coast.
NOAA’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) has completed their latest application of the Integrated Vulnerability Assessment Framework for Los Angeles County, California.
Southeast Long Beach, including the Los Cerritos Wetlands, now has a new master zoning plan that should allow some redevelopment to begin, after the state Coastal Commission recently approved it.
Local leaders this week celebrated the final days of the Petaluma River dredge project, marking the end of a protracted effort to clear the central waterway of a 17-year silty entombment blamed for declining tourism and river recreation.
The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Wind Energy Technologies Office has deployed two offshore wind research buoys off the coast of California.
Central Coast Congressman Salud Carbajal announced last week that the public comment period on a proposed offshore wind development off the Central Coast has now closed — and with a new commitment from the Navy in hand.
(CN) — Even though members of the California Coastal Commission believe the Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area could be subject to Governor Gavin Newsom’s order this week protecting state lands and waters, they did not get to vote Thursday on a public works plan regarding future use and development of the park.
Nick Gabaldón is somewhat of a mythological figure.
For more than a month after a wildfire raced through his lakeside community and destroyed his Napa County home, Kody Petrini couldn’t drink the water from the taps. He wasn’t even supposed to boil it.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal judge on Monday blocked the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from allowing the dredging and filling of salt ponds near San Francisco without going through a permitting process that could stall redevelopment of the area.
For the entire history of the park, two disparate ideals of land stewardship, protection vs. production, have faced off. Right now production has the upper hand.
U.S.-based Odyssey Marine Exploration hasn’t given up its intentions to move forward with a phosphate seabed mining project in Mexico’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), despite two permit rejections.
State officials are poised to decide whether four gas-fired power plants along the Southern California coast should keep running past 2020, in the first major energy decision for Gov. Gavin Newsom's administration after this month's blackouts.
Spectators who approach the animals can disrupt their normal behavior and possibly separate mothers and pups, and the animals may charge or bite people if they feel threatened, experts say.
The Port of Oakland’s largest marine terminal Oakland International Container Terminal (OICT) has cut diesel emissions from 13 of its massive yard cranes by 95 percent after retrofitting them with hybrid-electric engines.
Three conservation groups sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in federal court Monday, alleging that a backup plan the agency accepted for reducing harmful air pollution in Ventura County is too weak.
Open space on Port land known for rich bird and wildlife habitat
The area would be among the first in the country to allow off-shore fish farming
Planning, engineering & design to take three years
A project to restore reefs and marine animals off the Palos Verdes Peninsula Coast resumed last week after an approximately three-month coronavirus-induced hiatus, and is expected to be finished next month — with about 58,000 tons of rock creating a new reef.
MBARI scientists partner with visual effects artists to create the highest resolution animation of Monterey Canyon to date.
For about the past decade, the bluff property has remained idle. That was until this year, when new property owners submitted plans to the city to construct seven homes.
A Stanford University study warns that coastal highways face a growing risk of flooding from sea level rise and storm surges that cascade into delays for commuters with limited road alternatives that may be miles away from flooding.
Shellfish genetics and breeding company Pacific Hybreed is taking part in a NOAA-funded project to develop genetic markers for resistance to the virus causing Pacific oyster mortality syndrome (POMS).
Get ready to say goodbye to those crazy detours coming in and out of Long Beach.
Hotel occupancy in Santa Monica is down by 48% compared to occupancy in January through July last year, with an economic knock-on slamming hospitality workers, local businesses, and City tax revenues.
Residents invited to Wednesday webinar to learn, offer feedback on city's efforts
The decommissioning of San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station has been riddled with controversies since it was shuttered in 2013, undermining public confidence in Southern California Edison’s management of highly radioactive nuclear waste which will be stored on-site for the foreseeable future.
Expansion of the Pure Water Monterey recycled water project is the best option for the Monterey region to meet its future water supply needs.
In a sweeping display of the power of community-based science to capture data spanning the entire West Coast of North America, a team of scientists and countless volunteers from 14 different organizations joined forces to document the northward migration of kelp forests due to warming waters.
The group coped with quarantine and COVID-19 restrictions to continue the 71-year-old marine survey
SAN DIEGO — In San Diego's Little Italy, there's never been more sidewalk dining. In Balboa Park, museumgoers are joining the joggers. In hotels from Coronado to Mission Valley, tourists are turning up.
A new study highlights the treasure trove of data trapped in seaweeds over a century old.
Chorro Creek is one of the two major waterways that flow into the Morro Bay estuary. So, naturally, its health is inextricably linked to that of the bay's.
Along a Huntington Beach coastline dotted with oil rigs and a power plant, one of California’s largest remaining saltwater marshes has been a source of pride for local environmentalists.
Whale Safe launches in Southern California waters to help reduce deaths of the iconic marine mammals
CORVALLIS — Squeezed by changing ocean conditions that limit their food options and the long-term loss of old forest needed for nesting, marbled murrelets would benefit most from conservation efforts that take both ocean and forest into account, new research by Oregon State University shows.
Jasmine Swope’s images highlight an ecological treasure
Perched on its new resilient pier platform, the Cove in San Francisco’s waterfront, designed by Heatherwick Studio, will be a waterfront destination—a two-building workplace campus with a central 2-ha (5-acre) ecological public park.
It's been six months since vehicles were allowed in the Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area (SVRA), and some community members want it to stay that way—at least until the COVID-19 pandemic is under control.
The National Park Service’s proposed plan for Point Reyes National Seashore would preserve ranching and cull tule elk within the park’s boundaries.
California Coastal Commission sent the Fisherman’s Wharf project back to the drawing board, leading the county to hire a team of urban planning consultants to create a new plan for redevelopment around Channel Islands Harbor.
If finalized, a new sanctuary stands to protect marine ecosystems, sea otters from drilling and other threats