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Local

CA - Marin County beaches receive ‘outstanding’ water quality ratings

Marin County beaches continued to receive high marks for their water quality with only Stinson Beach receiving a failing grade during wet weather.

West Coast
Fisheries

CA - 720,000 baby salmon released in Half Moon Bay harbor

In Half Moon Bay, a volunteer fishing group released 720,000 salmon smolts from pens last week at Pillar Point Harbor, bringing the number of salmon they have released to 4.7 million in the past nine years.

West Coast
Tourism

CA - Oceano Dunes closed until October

OCEANO, Calif. (FOX26) — The Oceano Dunes will stay closed through October.

West Coast
Property

CA - High Tide, Large Waves Push Water into Streets in Newport Beach, California

Newport Beach, California, was cleaning up Saturday after flooding caused by coastal tides and high surf covered beaches and roads with water.

West Coast
Property

CA - High Surf Brings More Destruction to Capo Beach

Capistrano Beach Park can't catch a break. Holiday weekend high tides and surf hastened the destruction of remaining infrastructure.

West Coast
Science

CA - New research to address kelp forest crisis in California

July 6, 2020 – California Sea Grant is pleased to announce six new research projects aimed at restoring California’s kelp forests.

West Coast
Local

CA - San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission Develops Coastal Environmental Justice (EJ) and Social Equity Policies

The San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC) developed provisions set forth in the Bay Plan environmental justice and social equity policies. BCDC held a webinar to explain how these policies will be implemented o the BCDC Permitting System.

West Coast
Science

CA - California researchers examine how far coronavirus can travel once airborne

A team of researchers from UC San Diego is looking into whether the coronavirus can spread through the air for miles on out.

West Coast
Engineering

CA - Foster City levee nearly $20 million over budget. Project also roughly three years behind schedule

Foster City’s landmark levee improvement project is roughly three years behind schedule and nearly $20 million over budget, officials announced Monday. Voters approved a $90 million general obligation bond for the project in 2018, and construction was supposed to be complete by December of this year.

West Coast
Fisheries

PNW - Southern Oregon / Northern California Coast Coho Working Group

NOAA Fisheries announces formation of a Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) and NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) joint workgroup assessing the impacts of Council-area salmon fisheries on Southern Oregon/Northern California Coast.

West Coast
Advocacy

CA - Surfing confronts sport's racist past after George Floyd's death

"Behind the aloha vibe was the other vibe — a locals-only, whites-only vibe,” said Sharon Schaffer, the first African American female pro in the U.S.

West Coast
Federal

CA - Crab Command and Control

A California team uses science to predict the risk of whale entanglements and shut down the Dungeness crab industry when necessary in “near real time.”

West Coast
Tourism

CA - Seashore ranching: Politics over science

When I speak to people about the Point Reyes National Seashore, the first things they imagine are Douglas firs with glistening lichen hanging from their branches, the sound of the ocean crashing, the howls of the elephant seals and the caws of hawks.

West Coast
Science

CA - Bringing Back Kelp Can California's offshore forests be recovered?

One early summer morning in 2018, Jon Holcomb steered his fishing boat out of Noyo Harbor, just south of Fort Bragg, and headed toward Caspar Point, a jagged promontory along the rocky Mendocino coast. There, he anchored in about 20 feet of water. Yards away, waves roared.

West Coast
Tourism

CA - The Monterey County tourism industry charts a new course through a pandemic.

They begin showing up at 6am to board fishing charter boats, followed by the next wave of people embarking on whale watching tours, then breakfast diners followed throughout the day by window shoppers, sightseers and more diners who stream through until the wharf closes at midnight.

West Coast
Federal

CA - National Fisheries Institute President: Lischewski's sentencing closes a 'dark chapter'

But group praises former Bumble Bee exec's innovation and commitment to tuna sustainability.

West Coast
Waterways

CA - California’s Estuaries Go Virtual This Summer

The Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve, is allowing the public to experience the reserve through expanded online programs to address the COVID-19 pandemic.

West Coast
Science

CA - Recovery of Sea Otter Populations Yields More Benefits than Costs

Since their reintroduction to the Pacific coast in the 1970s, the sea otters’ rapid recovery and voracious appetite for tasty shellfish such as sea urchins, clams and crabs has brought them into conflict with coastal communities and fishers, who rely on the same valuable fisheries for food and income.

West Coast
Tourism

CA - Tijuana sewage runoff prompts County to extend beach closure to Imperial Beach

Water pollution from Tijuana sewage runoff has once again shuttered the Imperial Beach shoreline.

West Coast
Property

CA - Coastal Commission approves $1.7 million in fines for illegal beach yards in Newport Beach

Encroachments, which extended as much as 80 feet onto the beach, will be returned to their natural state.

Gulf of Mexico
Energy

USA - Offshore drilling plan will wait until November

The Trump administration is preparing to try to open the door once again to oil and gas drilling off Florida's coast, but will wait until after the November election to avoid blowback in the swing state.

West Coast
Recreation

CA - Surfers honor George Floyd in ‘paddle out’ held around world

SANTA MONICA, Calif. — On a sliver of sand that before the Civil Rights era was derisively dubbed “The Ink Well” because of its popularity among black people, hundreds of surfers gathered to honor the life of George Floyd and other African Americans killed by police.

West Coast
Recreation

CA - New bayside trail in East Bay offers easy access — and refuge in troubled times

I’m betting that most visitors to the newest stretch of the Bay Trail won’t pause to contemplate the structural engineering. They’ll be basking in the views or relishing the easy link between communities along the East Bay shore.

West Coast
Advocacy

CA - Port to Begin 'Replenishing' Sand at Kellogg Beach in Point Loma June 8 – Where's the Sand Coming From?

UPDATE: Tracy Spahr – Public & Media Relations Principal, Marketing & Communications for the Port, responded: “The Port reviewed a variety of sands and selected a sand of a quality, color and texture that closely matches the current sand at Kellogg Beach. The sand will be coming from East County Sand, LLC based in Lakeside, CA. The Port also received a permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and a water quality certification from the Regional Water Quality Control Board for this project.

West Coast
Science

CA - NOAA funds new Cooperative Institute for Marine, Earth and Atmospheric Systems

CIMEAS supports ongoing collaboration between UC Santa Cruz and the National Marine Fisheries Service Southwest Fisheries Science Center

West Coast
Fisheries

CA - Santa Cruz surfing spot is also unique ecotourism destination

Grey whales, orcas, humpbacks, white sharks and bluefin tuna call the area home.

West Coast
Tourism

CA - Promising sign for coast hotels

Booking activity ramping up in Half Moon Bay as people start looking at future options

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