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CA - Judge rules in favor of Coastal Commission regarding SONGS demo

REGION — A Los Angeles judge has issued a tentative ruling in favor of the California Coastal Commission after a local environmental organization sued the agency for its issuance of a permit allowing the dismantlement of a former San Diego County nuclear plant.

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Recreation

CA - Change is coming: Oceano residents are starting to plan for their community's future without off-roading, and they're hoping it doesn't include gentrification

Allene Villa is a lifelong resident of Oceano, but her interest in the Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area (SVRA) and its role in what she calls "environmental injustices" for the people of Oceano is a recent preoccupation.

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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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Advocacy

Int'l - West Coast cleanup nets over 200 tonnes of marine debris

For weeks at a time, crews have been scouring remote sections of the West Coast — digging out massive fishing nets, hauling lines, tossing thousand of buoys and shifting mountains of Styrofoam to try to make a dent in the ocean refuse finding its way onto B.C.’s wildest shores.

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Federal

WA - McMorris Rodgers, Murray Lead Bipartisan Group Calling on Biden to Prioritize New Columbia River Treaty

A bipartisan group of 21 Northwest lawmakers called on President Joe Biden on Tuesday to prioritize a long-running effort to renegotiate a 60-year-old treaty that governs how the United States and Canada share the waters of the Columbia River Basin.

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Energy

CA - Report: $124 Million Needed to Transform Port of Humboldt for Offshore Wind

It will cost more than $124 million to build a new multipurpose terminal in Humboldt Bay to support offshore wind energy, according to a preliminary cost estimate prepared for the Harbor, Recreation and Conservation District.

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Recreation

CA - Tokyo Olympics surfing preview: A century later, a lot riding on sport’s debut at Games

In this Thursday, July 18, 2019, file photo, a surfer competes during a test event at Tsurigasaki beach, a venue for surfing at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, in Ichinomiya, Chiba prefecture, east of Tokyo. The International Surfing Association has been lobbying the International Olympic Committee since 1995, though the effort to include the sport dates back to the 1912 Summer Games in Stockholm.

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Federal

CA- CA Sen. Alex Padilla announces legislation to protect coastal communities

California Sen. Alex Padilla announced legislation Tuesday to protect coastal communities from rising sea levels and stronger storms as a result of climate change.

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Property

CA - Short-term rentals prove resilient in Solana Beach during quarantine

When businesses, beaches and other activities closed last spring due to COVID-19 public health orders, short-term rental bookings dried up throughout San Diego County’s most popular destinations.

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Energy

CA - Will California open up the Golden Gate for floaters?

U.S. offshore wind development is picking up pace, with the Biden administration doing everything open to it to remove kinks from the regulatory pipeline.

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Engineering

CA - An Earthquake in Japan Speaks to a Sea Wall in San Francisco

The challenges of climate change are everywhere but maybe no more so than in coastal cities that face dual threats of seismic activity and rising seas.

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Fisheries

CA - Derelict Lobster Traps Feel Pinch of Santa Barbara Channelkeeper Beach Cleanup

Volunteers and members of the commercial fishing community removed derelict lobster traps from the sand between Ellwood and Haskell’s beaches, filling a 40-foot dumpster with the metal debris, and Santa Barbara Channelkeeper thanks the volunteers who spent the day cleaning up the coastline on Saturday.

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Property

OR - Vacation rentals are exacerbating the housing crisis on the Oregon Coast

There is a shortage of affordable housing on the Oregon Coast. This is not a new problem, and it only intensified with the COVID-19 pandemic, as coastal real estate became even more attractive to people who could afford to work remotely.

West Coast
Federal

CA - Groups Call for $10 Billion to Bolster Shorelines Against Sea-Level Rise

SAN FRANCISCO - Sea levels in California are projected to rise up to 55 inches by the end of the century, so climate advocates are calling on Congress to fund coastal restoration projects to mitigate potential flooding.

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Local

CA - San Clemente Disbands Coastal Advisory Committee Amidst Numerous Beach Crises

Despite facing dramatic beach sand loss and water quality issues, San Clemente City Council members abolished an expert panel that studies and advises on these problems, plus the health of the city’s dozen or so beaches.

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Property

CA - The towns that could end up underwater because of rising sea levels

These areas could vanish by 2050 as the climate crisis continues, new research shows

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Local

CA - Editorial: As sea levels rise, California must increase Coastal Commission funding

Sea level rise is not some future dystopian fantasy. It is here on the California coast. At high tide, water gushes over stairways leading down bluff trails to beaches and up to some oceanfront homes.

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Science

CA - Eelgrass Study Shows Location Matters More Than Method in Restoration Efforts

New research could influence conservation of marine plant that supports wildlife and protects coastline

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Science

CA - California's Opportunity to Shape Worldwide Biodiversity Policy

The United States has failed to take leadership in the Convention on Biological Diversity. Its most biodiverse state can fill that gap.

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Local

CA - Coastal Commission Releases Conceptual Plan for Public Access to Hollister Ranch Beaches

Report considers guided and independent access to the remote coastline by shuttle, trail, bicycle and private vehicle

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Energy

CA - Will offshore wind hurt the Morro Bay fishing industry? ‘We’re basically screwed’

Bill Blue has been commercially fishing Dungeness crab and black cod near the shores of Morro Bay for 47 years.

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Local

CA - Pricey Rock Barriers and Desalination Plants: The Latest in California’s Drought War

With a key water source for farmers and cities threatened, state officials are banking on a $30 million pile of rocks to keep saltwater from encroaching further into the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta.

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Science

WA - Yessotoxins produced by phytoplankton caused summer mass shellfish mortality events in Washington

Back in the summers of 2018 and 2019, the shellfish industry in Washington state was rocked by mass mortalities of its crops.

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Federal

OR - Historic Klamath Dam Removal Project Takes Another Step Forward

The Federal Energy Regulatory Committee today paved the way for the four dams clogging the Klamath River to be taken down, approving a transfer of the hydroelectric license from PacifiCorp to the nonprofit Klamath River Renewal Corporation and the states of Oregon and California.

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