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CA - The First-Ever California Offshore Wind Lease Sale

Next week the Department of Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) will hold the first-ever offshore wind lease sale on the U.S. west coast, which will also be the first U.S. sale to support potential commercial-scale, floating offshore wind energy development.

West Coast
Science

CA - How extinct Steller's sea cow shaped kelp forests

To uncover 'sea cow effect,' researchers developed a novel Past-Present-Future modeling approach that could inform more effective conservation strategies across ecosystems.

West Coast
Property

CA - Research teams gather data on storm pollution impact on San Francisco Bay

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- For researchers Martin Trinh and David Peterson, a break in the rain means a chance to measure the minute changes a passing storm may have brought to the San Francisco Bay.

Southeast
Engineering

FL - Florida beaches were already running low on sand. Then Ian and Nicole hit.

The Daytona Beach-area is famous for having beaches so wide drivers are invited to ride on the shore. Two storms in the span of six weeks have snatched away tons of sand. (Paywall may apply)

West Coast
Property

CA - Proposed Coastal Conservancy Plan Would Tackle Climate Resiliency in CA

The state Coastal Conservancy will vote next week on a strategic planto guide how hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars get spent over the next five years. The future of California's 1,100 coastline is at stake.

West Coast
Advocacy

CA - Our Ocean Backyard | ‘Green’ tag not always good for the environment

Advertising is an incredibly powerful tool for convincing us to buy things we don’t need with money we don’t have to impress people we don’t like.

West Coast
Advocacy

CA - The befouling of Point Reyes National Seashore

It’s an October morning at Point Reyes National Seashore and I’m scooting under barbed wire fences, wary of sliding into cow pies.

West Coast
Local

CA - Coastal Commission OKs Second New Desalination Plant of 2022 for Monterey Bay

The California Coastal Commission has approved another desalination plant, despite citing its high costs, risks to Monterey Bay’s environment and “the most significant environmental justice issues” the commission has faced in recent years.

West Coast
Energy

CA - Panelists say BOEM, fishing industry still far apart on offshore wind

With the first offshore wind lease sales impending off California, the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management and commercial fishermen still have a chasm to gap before the new and old industries can reasonably co-exist, panelists said at the Pacific Marine Expo in Seattle Friday.

West Coast
Energy

CA - Offshore wind farms may harm seabirds, but scientists see potential for net positive impact

A new study presents a framework for assessing and mitigating the impacts of offshore wind energy development on marine birds

West Coast
Justice

CA - Returning Diablo Canyon Lands to Indigenous Hands

The Yak Titʸu Titʸu Yak Tiłhini in California have requested the return of their coastal homelands, currently occupied by a nuclear power plant.

West Coast
Engineering

CA - Bluff continues to move at San Clemente railroad site

Workers to begin installing anchors in slope this weekend, repairs expected to continue through the end of this year

West Coast
Local

CA - Strict regulations on the California Coast spawn local sustainabillity

While the fishing waters get murky overseas, the management of the local fishing industry supports the livelihoods of fishermen while protecting the environment.

West Coast
Advocacy

CA - Coveted oceanfront land will become a nature preserve

The scene from the privately owned ridgelines just northwest of Malibu is of untrammeled coastline where natural forces continue to unfold: Fog lifts off steep slopes scented with coastal sage that haven’t changed since Chumash Indians roamed them centuries ago.

West Coast
Engineering

CA - COMBATING EROSION AT SUNSET CLIFFS – City designing drainage improvements for the popular park

The long-term goals of Sunset Cliffs Natural Park are embodied in its master plan and vision statement, which calls for the “creation of a park where people can enjoy San Diego’s natural coastal environment as it once was, free from the effects of man and intended to inspire the user to reflect on the grandeur of the sea, and the beauty of the cliffs that are Point Loma.”

West Coast
Engineering

CA - Contending with Coastal Erosion—Cyprus Cove Residents Call for Mitigation Efforts

If you walk along the train tracks at Calafia State Beach and into the Cyprus Cove area, you’re bound to come across the withered remains of a coastal beach where barely any sand remains—the result of ongoing coastal erosion.

West Coast
Science

CA - Brown Pelican Season

A large group of pelicans has been called a "brief," "pod," "pouch," "scoop" or "squadron." July through November is peak season locally for viewing brown pelicans in numbers at my favorite location at the Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary.

West Coast
Property

CA - Major flood would hit Los Angeles Black communities disproportionately hard, study finds

Flooding from a storm event so severe that it occurs only once every 100 years would cause far greater damage to life and property in the Los Angeles Basin than federal emergency officials have forecast, according to UC Irvine researchers who warn also that Black and low-income communities would be hardest hit by the disaster.

West Coast
Engineering

CA - San Clemente is losing beach sand so the city is hiring a consultant to find a solution

San Clemente officials want to know how can they keep what’s left of the sand on their beaches.

West Coast
Energy

CA - BOEM Publishes Final Sale Notice for California Offshore Lease Areas

The U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), on October 21, 2022, published the Final Sale Notice (FSN) for the California lease areas available for commercial offshore wind energy development.

West Coast
Property

CA - Laguna Beach voters are deciding Measure R, which would trigger public votes on some hotel projects

Voters in Laguna Beach are deciding in this election whether the city needs a law to specifically regulate hotel developments and remodels along the town’s two major corridors.

West Coast
Science

AZ - With $6M grant, researchers will explore how Southwest communities can best adapt to climate change

University of Arizona researchers are furthering their efforts to examine how water, aridity and heat impact communities in the American Southwest.

West Coast
Justice

CA - California tribes reclaim 200 miles of coastline and will manage it using tradition

In California, five Native tribes will reclaim their right to manage and protect more than 200 miles of coastal land.

West Coast
Advocacy

CA - Gary Griggs, Our Ocean Backyard | A tsunami downtown? Let’s check models

Two weeks ago, the Sentinel printed a story headlined: “California updates tsunami hazard maps for 7 counties.” These new maps were prepared by the California Geological Survey – as distinct from the U.S. Geological Survey — and include an update for Santa Cruz County.

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