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CA - Scripps Oceanography, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Join Forces to Pursue Common Interests

Partnership to advance collaborations ranging from marine and offshore wind energy to ocean and climate technology R&D

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Property

CA - Coastal Commission approves blufftop development in La Jolla’s Lower Hermosa neighborhood

With a laundry list of conditions and some modifications to the layout, a residential project in the Lower Hermosa area of La Jolla was approved by the California Coastal Commission during its Oct. 12 meeting.

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Property

CA - In California, Rising Seas Are Drowning a Scenic Oceanfront Train

The scenic Pacific Surfliner trains have been halted for emergency track repairs as rail authorities grapple with the uncertain future of California’s coastal infrastructure.

West Coast
Advocacy

CNMI - Letter: More work needed on MPAs

The waters surrounding the Mariana Islands have some of the highest levels of biodiversity in the United States.

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Energy

CA - First U.S. Pacific Offshore Wind Lease Sale Scheduled for December

The date was set for the first-ever sale of offshore wind energy leases for the U.S. Pacific Coast.

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Property

CA - Climate change in real-time: Sea slowly swallows Californian houses

Steve Lang, a California resident, finds himself in a unique and devastating situation as he can see catastrophic erosion worsened by climate change happening in real time along one of the world's most scenic railroad lines, where the sea is swallowing homes, tracks and California's beautiful beaches.

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Engineering

CA - Humboldt County plans to use living shoreline to mitigate sea level rise between Brainard, Bracut

The county is planning on mitigating the risks of sea level rise along a particularly vulnerable stretch of Highway 101 between Eureka and Arcata by restoring salt marsh.

West Coast
Engineering

CA - Coastal Commission Approves Permit for Strand Beach Protections

In an effort to protect 60 homes in the Niguel Shores Community and prevent the further disappearance of the coastline, the California Coastal Commission voted unanimously to approve repairs to a revetment at Strand Beach during its Oct. 13 meeting.

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Property

CA - Changing climate claims railways, houses and beaches in California

By 2050, between $8bn & $10bn of infrastructure could be underwater in California

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Engineering

AZ - Grand Canyon beach restoration program at risk because of drought

The drought in the Southwest has bottomed out major reservoirs on the Colorado River and raised alarms among cities and farms that rely on the water. But it’s also a threat to the environment in one of the world’s most recognizable wonders: the Grand Canyon.

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Engineering

CA - Coastal Commission Approves Permit for Doheny Desalination Plant

South Coast Water District is one step closer to constructing and operating a seawater desalination plant at Doheny State Beach following the California Coastal Commission’s unanimous vote to approve the roughly $140 million project on Thursday, Oct. 13.

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Local

CA - Marin weighs zoning changes over sea-level threat

Some property owners along the bay shoreline in unincorporated Marin would face new regulations for building on their land under a proposal reviewed by county supervisors and planning commissioners.

West Coast
Engineering

CA - Local, state leaders celebrate funding to move train tracks off Del Mar bluffs

California Senate President Pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins joined local, state and federal leaders Oct. 12 in Del Mar to discuss the $300 million state investment for the realignment of the LOSSAN rail corridor.

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Science

CA - NASA’s S-MODE Field Campaign Deploys to the Pacific Ocean

The mission’s fleet of ship, aircraft, and marine robotics will study ocean eddies and other elusive features near the surface that have a big influence on climate.

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Advocacy

CA - California tribes will manage, protect state coastal areas

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Five California tribes will reclaim their right to manage coastal land significant to their history under a first-in-the-nation program backed with $3.6 million in state money.

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Energy

CA - BOEM Completes Environmental Review of Offshore Wind Leasing in Central California

As part of the Biden-Harris administration’s goals of permitting 30 gigawatts of offshore wind energy capacity by 2030 and deploying 15 gigawatts of floating offshore wind energy capacity by 2035, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) today announced it has completed its environmental review of potential impacts from offshore wind energy leasing activities in the Morro Bay Wind Energy Area (WEA), located 20 miles offshore central California.

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Science

CA - Dead whale on California beach leads to stomach-churning find: Large clusters of lice

Whale lice are “highly specialized amphipod crustaceans” that live on the skin of marine mammals like whales.

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Science

CA - NOAA Science Center in La Jolla Finds Count of Gray Whales Along West Coast Down by 40%

The number of gray whales migrating along the Pacific Coast of North America has declined by nearly 40% from a 2016 peak, according to new U.S. research.

West Coast
Energy

CA - Federal agency finds no significant impact from Central Coast offshore leasing activities

A review of potential impacts from offshore wind energy leasing activities in the Morro Bay Wind Energy Area found no significant environmental impacts, the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management announced this week.

West Coast
Advocacy

CA - California tribes will manage, protect state coastal areas

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Five California tribes will reclaim their right to manage coastal land significant to their history under a first-in-the-nation program backed with $3.6 million in state money.

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Advocacy

CA - Guest commentary: UCSD's unbridled expansion is harming our coast and community

The front page article in the La Jolla Light dated Sept. 15 announced that the [California] Coastal Commission approved repairs to a section of the slope along La Jolla Shores Drive (“Coastal Commission approves plans to repair slope next to UCSD”).

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Engineering

CA - Amtrak Shuts Down Its Second-Busiest Corridor Due to Coastal Erosion, Again

“Until we have confirmation from the experts the slope movement has stopped, we will not resume Metrolink service,” the commuter rail line that runs on the same tracks said.

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Science

CA - A chance encounter on the beach leads to a $3 million gift to the Santa Barbara Coastal LTER

For marine ecologist Kyle Emery, it was just another day on the job. Surveying the beach and kelp forest at Arroyo Quemada with his trusty drone, he was conducting research at a Santa Barbara Coastal Long-Term Ecological Research (SBC LTER)(link is external) site, where scientists regularly measure the productivity and condition of the giant kelp stands and the organisms that live among them.

Coastwide
Engineering

USA - A California-Style Approach Could Save Florida Homes During Hurricanes

As damage assessment is done post-Hurricane Ian, engineers are finding that Florida buildings up to date with the newest building code sustained less damage than buildings implementing older code, raising questions as to whether Florida should adopt a policy of retrofitting older homes to prevent damage in the future.

West Coast
Advocacy

CA - Coastal Advocates Decry Permit for Pipeline Repair After 2021 Massive Spill in Orange County

Environmental advocates Saturday criticized the federal government’s decision to grant a permit for underwater repairs that they say will allow the restart of a 42-year-old pipeline that ruptured off Orange County in October 2021, releasing thousands of gallons of oil into the Pacific Ocean.

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