This is the time of year when thousands of shimmering, silver fish flop onto San Diego beaches in a strange nocturnal mating dance. Grunion runs, among California’s most stunning natural phenomena, start this month.
The Santa Cruz Mid-County Groundwater Agency has taken a major step to ensure sustainable management of groundwater, the primary source of water for the entire mid-county region. Thursday at a meeting at the Simpkins Family Swim Center, the agency released results of a yearlong hydrological airborne investigation assessing the condition of underground water resources.
The melding of computer-generated imagery and good old-fashioned scientific research by two Marin residents has helped forge a vivid new production examining coral reefs that opens Friday at the California Academy of Sciences.
With the number of endangered orcas that frequent the inland waters of Washington state at a 30-year low, Gov. Jay Inslee on Wednesday directed state agencies to take immediate and longer-term steps to protect the struggling killer whales.
The Ocean Protection Council (OPC) today [March 14] adopted the 2018 update of the State of California Sea-Level Rise Guidance, which provides bold, science-based guidance to help state and local governments analyze the risks associated with sea-level rise and incorporate sea-level rise into planning, permitting, and investment decisions. “Scientific understanding of sea-level rise is advancing at a rapid rate, and the latest data should be a concern to all Californians,” California Natural Resources Secretary and OPC Chair John Laird said.
California coastal commissioners have a nearly impossible job given the agency’s lack of support for its volunteer board. However, that doesn’t necessarily excuse five former and current members of the commission from potentially having to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines under a 2016 lawsuit alleging they hid private meetings with developers and other lobbyists from the public.
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke bristled Tuesday under questioning by Democrats about his travel spending as the Trump administration seeks deep cuts to conservation programs and fee increases at national parks. Zinke testified before a Senate committee about the agency’s proposed $11.7 billion budget for 2019.
A person who was collecting mussels over the weekend at Dillon Beach has been hospitalized for shellfish poisoning, according to the Marin County Public Health Department. The health department confirmed Tuesday a case of paralytic shellfish poison, a naturally occurring toxin found in bivalves such as mussels, clams and oysters.
A whopping 99 percent of mussels collected from the San Francisco Bay were contaminated with at least one algal toxin, while more than a third contained four different kinds of algal toxins, according to a study published in the March issue of the scientific journal, Harmful Algae.
The problem with focusing on Trump’s pipe dream of a wall is that real border problems that can actually be solved are being ignored. The Tijuana River, for instance, which crosses the international border before reaching the ocean on the U.S. side, is said to be one of the most polluted waterways in the world.
While the orcas of Puget Sound are sliding toward extinction, orcas farther north have been expanding their numbers. Their burgeoning hunger for big fish may be causing the killer whales’ main prey, Chinook salmon, to shrink up and down the West Coast.
State and local fishing industry officials and regulators were united on Thursday in bashing the Trump administration’s plans to allow new offshore oil drilling in federal waters, saying it would add to the many threats the state’s fisheries are facing.
A study published Wednesday finds that flooding along San Francisco Bay could become far worse — sometimes twice as bad as current models suggest — because much of the bayfront is slipping downward at the same time that global warming is driving ocean levels upward.
As executive director of the environmental group Wildcoast, [Imperial Beach Mayor Serge] Dedina has led a years-long fight by his city to sue the federal government for failure to protect citizens on both sides of the border from what he calls a “tsunami” of raw sewage, toxic sludge and solid waste that spills through the border region via the Tijuana River Valley, threatening the health of millions.
The Marin County Public Health Department has issued a warning to people harvesting mussels, clams and oysters in Marin because of potentially deadly levels of a naturally occurring toxin, paralytic shellfish poison.
If you imagine the San Francisco Bay as a bathtub, sea level rise means the bathwater is rising. A new study published today in Science Advances finds the tub is sinking too, and in some places, more than others.
Alaskan fishing guide Jason Lesmeister stopped fishing for Chinook salmon more than a decade ago. The population, he said, “plummeted” on the Kenai River, his main fishing ground and a watershed renowned for producing enormous Chinooks, also called king salmon. But the fish aren’t just less abundant today. They’re also noticeably smaller.
Major parts of San Francisco Bay’s shoreline are slowly sinking, a new scientific study has found, dramatically increasing the risk of billions of dollars of flooding in the coming decades as sea level rise continues due to climate change.