Last winter’s drought-busting wet weather was a boon for reservoirs and parched landscapes, but not so much for some invasive species in San Francisco Bay, according to a long-term study by Tiburon-based researchers. All that fresh water that poured into the bay was bad news for certain invaders, which have turned up in droves in recent decades from around the world, often in ships’ ballast water.
Passengers flying into Bay Area airports usually spot them out the window: huge, colorful ponds, hugging the shoreline of the bay. The patchwork of brown, green and pink looks like a bizarre quilt. They’re known as the “salt ponds,” and Bay Curious listener Ann Vercoutere has wondered about them since her childhood in the South Bay.
In a controversial and potentially precedent-setting move, the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space Agency Board of Directors voted unanimously Wednesday night to grant property rights at Mount Umunhum to the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band.
Three months after the long-anticipated public opening of Mount Umunhum, a Bay Area open space agency plans to vote Wednesday on a controversial proposal to give property rights at the scenic South Bay mountaintop to an Indian tribe based in Sacramento County.
Mount Diablo’s summit in Contra Costa County has a wonderful visitors center in an historic stone building. Mount Tamalpais in Marin honors the scenic railway and cool “gravity cars” that charmed tourists a century ago. Mount Hamilton in eastern Santa Clara County is home to the Lick Observatory, a research center since 1888. And what about the South Bay’s Mount Umunhum, the latest to open to the public.
Mounds of mud were excavated Tuesday afternoon in Corte Madera to clear a channel for bay water to inundate land to return it to tidal marsh, ushering in flora and fauna. It is the final phase of an effort that took more than two decades.
Ed McCormick, hailed as a superstar of the industry, was chosen this week as the general manager of the West County Wastewater District, pending the drafting of a mutually agreeable contract. Hired in April as the district’s interim GM, McCormick currently is paid at the rate of $250,950 a year, not counting benefits, after an almost $22,000 raise last month.
Gary Kremen—the founder of Match.com, former owner of Sex.com, and serial investor—is into water. The entrepreneur started investing in water tech startups a few years ago. Today he’s an elected member of Silicon Valley’s water district, an agency that manages water and flood control for 2 million people.
The Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit agency is seeking federal emergency money after last winter’s storms caused damage to the system, including a slide near the Puerto Suello Hill Tunnel in San Rafael. The SMART Board of Directors approved a request this week to seek $148,000 in Federal Emergency Management Agency funds for flood damage that destroyed electrical equipment, caused track problems and slides along the rail route.
Although the Oakland Unified School District is addressing high lead levels in water taps at several schools, consumer group CalPIRG says more needs to be done to keep children safe. Fourteen Oakland Unified schools have been found to have at least one drinking fixture with lead levels exceeding the federal recommended cap of 15 parts per billion, according to the district’s website, where test results are posted as they are received.
This story is about two little boys searching for buried outlaw treasure, a kidnapping by Jesse and Frank James — and how the Bay Area’s newest park connects these encounters and brings them full circle.
In the latest step toward the effort by dentists and health officials to end San Jose’s status as the largest city in America without fluoride in its drinking water, Santa Clara County has contributed $1 million to add fluoride for the first time to drinking water from wells operated by the San Jose Water Company.
On the face of it, Marin Municipal Water District’s proposed Azalea Hill Project near Fairfax sounds like a good idea, and the part of the plan that reroutes and restores damaged areas near the trail will benefit the environment and all parties.
The king tide that washed into Marin on Monday didn’t create a lake out of the Manzanita Park-and-Ride lot near Mill Valley as expected, but it did flood parts of a walking and bike trail, and more high water is expected in the coming days.
A host of changes — including a new redwood boardwalk that provides better access — have now been completed at Stinson Beach. … The [National] park service also recently completed a revamp of a wastewater treatment system that serves more than 1 million people annually at various facilities along the beach and adjacent areas.
Extremely high tides expected through Tuesday prompted weather forecasters Sunday to issue a flood warning for coastal regions of the Bay Area. The dramatic tidal fluctuations known as king tides — caused by the full moon being in close proximity to the Earth — were expected to surge as high as 7 feet, said Steve Anderson, a National Weather Service meteorologist.
Ross Valley’s controversial flood fee was hiked 3 percent Tuesday, helping pay for a public relations campaign smoothing the waters for projects that will turn key park areas into flood retention basins.