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CA - AMERICAN SAND ASSOCIATION FILES SUIT AGAINST CALIFORNIA COASTAL COMMISSION OVER OHV USE AT OCEANO

The suit is against the California Coastal Commission (CCC) to oppose all efforts to shut-down motorized off-highway vehicle (OHV) recreation at the Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area (ODSVRA).

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Local

CA - City’s new land use plan earns A+ from Coastal Commission

That's right, we got an A+ from a body more widely recognized for handing out F's and incompletes.

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Energy

OR - Pembina Pausing Development of Jordan Cove LNG Project After Regulatory Setbacks

Pembina Pipeline Corp. has told a federal appeals court that it is pausing development of the proposed Jordan Cove liquefied natural gas (LNG) export terminal and related Pacific Connector pipeline to assess the impact of recent regulatory setbacks.

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Engineering

CA - Protecting California from sea-level rise

Two coastal protection bills authored by Assemblywoman Cottie Petrie-Norris have passed unanimously out of the Assembly’s Committee on Natural Resources.

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Local

CA - Bolsa Chica Conservancy Urges Approval of Restoration Plan as Proposed Mitigation for Desalination Project

Updated Plan Calls for Improved Water Flow and Expansion of Restoration Acreage from 21 to 84 acres in Muted Tidal Basins, in Addition to Dredging of the Inlet

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Engineering

CA - Newport Beach planning $12 million system to fight Balboa Island flooding

Balboa Island, today a popular tourist destination dotted with multi-million dollar homes, was once just a sandbar. Then developer William Collins decided it was the perfect spot to pile up dredged sand as he made deeper waterways for boaters coming to the growing seaside town of Newport Beach.

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Fisheries

CA - Clam hunters’ supertool has California worried: ‘It might be too good’

Hydraulic pumps can collect a day’s worth of clams in minutes, but experts are concerned about how they affect the ecosystem

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Property

CA - Off-road drivers and conservationists disagree on beach use

More than a million off-roaders each year visit the only state park in California where vehicles can drive on the beach, pitting recreation against conservation.

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Engineering

CA - San Francisco Bay report decries waste of protective sediment

Sea level rise threatens billions in flood damage, but dredged mud to raise shoreline isn’t being used

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Engineering

CA - California Highway 1 to reopen by April 30, agency says

BIG SUR, Calif. (AP) — Highway 1 along Big Sur is expected to reopen by April 30 because work to repair a huge piece of roadway that crumbled during a storm is nearly two months ahead of schedule, the California Department of Transportation announced Thursday.

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Waterways

CA - U.S. EPA Program funds California watershed restoration

The California State Water Resources Control Board will use $4.4 million of a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency grant to fund projects in seven counties around the state.

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Science

CA - The Underwater Library at Scripps Institution of Oceanography

For decades, the Scripps Oceanographic Collections have amassed millions of marine organisms and geological samples that continue to yield scientific discoveries

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Fisheries

CA - Four gray whales found dead in eight days in San Francisco Bay area

In the span of eight days, four gray whales were found dead in the San Francisco Bay area, their carcasses washed ashore on beaches and state parks.

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Science

CA - How a shocking environmental disaster was uncovered off the California coast after 70 years

Just 10 miles off the coast of Los Angeles lurks an environmental disaster over 70 years in the making, which few have ever heard about. That is, until now, thanks to the research of a University of California marine scientist named David Valentine.

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Engineering

CA - Appellate Court Rules in Favor of Manhattan Beach Desalination Plant Construction

Ruling upholds 2019 Sacramento County Superior Court ruling for an amended State Lands Commission lease

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Justice

CA - L.A. County to Return Bruce’s Beach Property to Rightful Owners

“I hope that the media will use the right word when you report this story today. The county isn’t gifting anyone anything. The county is returning property that was inappropriately taken. We are returning to the Bruce family… property that they rightfully owned.”

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Engineering

CA - Port of San Diego Plans to Restore and Enhance South San Diego Bay Wetlands

Port of San Diego approved a Memorandum of Understanding with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service San Diego National Wildlife Refuge Complex, and Poseidon Resource to coordinate on the restoration of South San Diego Bay Wetlands.

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Property

CA - Caltrans and Others Fight Against Sea Level Rise on the Central Coast

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), The Nature Conservancy, the Association of Monterey Bay Area of Governments (AMBAG) and Virtual Planet Technologies today announced the release of an innovative virtual reality app, Sea Level Rise Explorer, that is playing a key role in addressing sea-level rise on Highway 1 along Elkhorn Slough.

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Fisheries

CA - Crabbing Groups Oppose Legislation Requiring ‘Ropeless’ Gear

The crabbing industry, a part of the commercial fishing industry that generated an estimated $100 million on California’s North Coast in 2017, has been beset by increased regulation, the effects of climate change and internal negotiations in recent years.

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Property

CA - One in Five LA County Properties at Risk of Flooding in Next 30 Years

The city of Los Angeles is currently experiencing drought conditions, but over the next 30 years, an increasing number of L.A. County properties are at risk of flooding.

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Energy

CA - This coastal gas plant explains California's energy problems

When the California Public Utilities Commission recommended 17 months ago that a gas-fired power plant on the Redondo Beach waterfront remain open beyond 2020 — over the objections of local officials and clean energy activists — Commissioner Martha Guzman Aceves made a commitment to the city’s mayor.

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Fisheries

USA - Pacific waters off the West Coast showed improved productivity, says NOAA

Cooler temperatures created a robust environment for nutrient-rich plankton to proliferate

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Science

CA - Silent sea: UC Santa Barbara scientist locates thousands of DDT-filled barrels in Catalina Channel

Reports in old ship logs of thousands of barrels of DDT being dumped into the Catalina Channel during the 1950s were confirmed in 2011 by photographs taken by UC Santa Barbara marine scientist Dr. David Valentine

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