“A new dispute between the city of San Diego and General
Dynamics NASSCO threatens to derail the long-sought cleanup of
toxins that have built up in the sediment of San Diego Bay from
many years of heavy industry, military operations and urban
“A $78 million dredging operation to remove 158,000 cubic yards
of contaminated sediment was supposed to get under way last
week by order of the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control
“Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe ordered the operator of the
country’s crippled nuclear power plant on Thursday to scrap all
six reactors at the site instead of just four already slated for
decommissioning and to concentrate on tackling pressing issues
like leaks of radioactive water.”
“The city of San Diego will vote next week on whether to pay
$6.45 million to help clean up San Diego Bay, while the port
announced Wednesday that it had reached an agreement with
NASSCO shipyard to help fund the cleanup. …
“The cleanup operation would remove toxins from industrial
operations, shipyards and urban runoff that have built up in
sediment over decades.
“Set in a 20-foot shipping container painted bright blue,
Rose’s Waves 4 Water initiative is a big presence on the sand
at Trestles, where Costa Mesa-based Hurley is using a major
surf contest as an educational tool for teaching beachgoers
about the water crisis.
“The surfbrand is showcasing its H20 Initiative at the Hurley
Pro – where thousands of surf fans are showing up through the
week to watch the world’s best surfers compete – to highlight
Waves 4 Water and The Ecology Center in San Juan Capistrano to
spread the word about water.”
“Heal the Bay has received many questions from concerned
residents in Southern California about potential health and
environmental impacts along the California coast that may
result from the Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster in
Japan. Here is our perspective about possible radiation
dangers, gleaned by consulting the scientific community:
“What is the source of potential radiation?
“… For the past two and a half years, the Tokyo Electric
Power Company (Tepco) has been trying to cool the three
reactors impacted by the tsunami.
“Why did Assemblyman Marc Levine take a walk on coastal
protection? Levine represents Marin County, perhaps the most
environmentally conscious political jurisdiction on the planet.
Nonetheless, he abstained this week on a bill that would have
given the coastal commission independent authority to levy fines
on people who violate environmental laws that damage the coast.”
“The California Department of Water Resources last week
announced that everyone should be prepared for another dry
year, just in case. Around the state, reservoirs are dropping,
and nobody knows if there will be a wet or dry winter.
“The Pacific isn’t giving up any secrets on the subject.
Scientists say the water is neither warm nor cool. Which means
it’s just a coin flip, unless things change soon.”
“Veteran environmental leader Ruskin Hartley has been named
chief executive officer of Heal the Bay, the Southern
California nonprofit group announced today. Hartley comes
to Heal the Bay after a six-year stint as executive director
and secretary of the Save the Redwoods League, the San
Francisco-based organization focused on studying, restoring and
protecting old-growth forests in California. …
“Before joining the Redwoods League, he served as an
environmental planner in Southern California.
“A tsunami spawned by a huge Alaskan earthquake could hit the
California coast at any time and cause at least $10 billion in
damage across the state, teams of scientists warned Wednesday.
“The disaster would force at least 750,000 people to evacuate
flooded areas, destroy port facilities in the Bay Area and Los
Angeles, and send water surging up creeks, harbors and canals
everywhere, the scientists said.”
“A large tsunami hitting California would cause major flooding
in Long Beach and parts of Orange County and force 750,000
people to evacuate coastal areas in a few hours, according to
extensive simulation published Wednesday by U.S. Geological
“The report, compiled by dozens of scientists, emergency
responders and industry representatives, is the most extensive
examination of what a tsunami would do California’s coastline.
“A Marin County Superior Court judge has ruled that an
embattled oyster farm in the Point Reyes National Seashore must
comply with state laws governing the coast.
“The ruling by the judge means that Drakes Bay Oyster Co. must
discontinue cultivating a non-native species of Manila clams,
remove marine debris from the park’s estuary and resolve other
“A recently recognized threat to ocean health has the potential
to do more than just inflict a bad year on shellfish producers.
Ocean acidification could put us out of business permanently.
Caused by activities that generate pollution from factories, cars
and power plants, ocean acidification is physically changing the
chemistry in the ocean.”
“Japan’s nuclear watchdog is considering raising the danger level
at the Fukushima plant to ’serious.’ That’s after 300 tons of
contaminated water leaked from a holding tank there — some of it
possibly reaching the Pacific.”