From the On the Public Record blog: “With the House Congressional hearings and Judge Wanger’s decision to allow pumping for a couple weeks right now (on the grounds that the pumps are allowed to kill about 23,000 juvenile salmon and so far have only killed about 1,200, so, you know, might as well pump a little), [...]
The Bay-Delta blog notes that while Judge Wanger may have issued a temporary restraining order for implementing the salmon bi-op, he did not do so for the Delta smelt bi-op: ” … a parallel process has been playing out with the delta smelt. The 2008 BiOp for the pelagic delta smelt was prepared by the [...]
Posted by Dan Bacher at IndyBay.org: “Three months after the State Senator Steinberg’s so-called “historic” delta protection legislation was approved the state’s agribusiness industry is quietly securing secret state and federal sign offs to authorize water exporters to damage the Sacramento San Joaquin Delta for decades to come. North Coast Rivers Alliance and three other groups [...]
From the On the Public Record blog: “I think this approach, suing to re-consider the project water contracts is exactly the right approach for people who want to limit north-south water transfers. I haven’t been sympathetic to claims that “plumbing is destiny,” that if you build a huge canal, it will inevitably be used to [...]
From Accu-Weather’s Western Weather Blog:
“An upper level trough off the Northwest Coast Monday afternoon will drop south Monday night. It will pinch off into a cold core upper level low off the Northern California Coast Tuesday morning. The rest of Tuesday and Tuesday night it continues to drop south near the coast before moving inland [...]
From KGO-TV: “SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) — ABC7 has been covering the race to save apartment buildings in danger of sliding into the ocean in Pacifica. It is a dramatic story that is likely to become a lot more common in the next few years. Climate change and rising sea levels are eating away at the California [...]
The Audubon Society’s Annual Christmas Bird Count is citizen science in action, an effort to collect information about bird populations across the Western Hemisphere to help guide conservation action by groups like San Francisco Baykeeper. Every year, during the last days of December, hundreds of birders stake out Bay shorelines, wetlands, and hillsides to identify and count birds so that scientists can monitor population trends of native and migratory bird species in the Bay Area.
Today, San Francisco Baykeeper filed a complaint in federal district court to join the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) enforcement action against six East Bay cities and one sewage district for illegal sewage spills. This enforcement action is the culmination of years of Baykeeper efforts to hold East Bay cities accountable for leaky sewage collection systems that inundate the East Bay Municipal Utility District’s (EBMUD) treatment plant with massive amounts of rainwater and sewage and cause major sewage spills to the Bay.
When I received news of the Dubai Star oil spill in late October, I immediately turned to the Bay’s oil spill contingency plan, the document that governs how federal and state government agencies respond to an oil spill. The plan contains important information about the Bay’s sensitive sites, such as the seasonal locations of rare and endangered species, and specific strategies to prevent oil from impacting more than 200 particularly sensitive Bay and coastal shorelines.