Weekly Roundup November 9, 2012

weekly roundupSanta Clara voters passed Save The Bay-endorsed Measure B on Tuesday, which will speed restoration of the San Francisco Bay shoreline and provide money for flood control and water improvements for another 15 years. In the wake of Superstorm Sandy, the East Coast is looking into ways to protect itself from future events. From giant sea walls to marshes around Manhattan Island, nothing is off the table. Here in the Bay Area, we are beginning the process of long-range planning for similarly severe storms and sea level rise. Meanwhile, out in the marshes, migratory birds have begun to arrive in the Sacramento and San Joaquin Valleys, where they will spend their winters. And permanent Bay resident, the endangered California Clapper Rail is increasing in numbers along the Martin Luther King Regional Shoreline, as a result of habitat restoration by Save The Bay and the East Bay Regional Parks District.

Silicon Valley Mercury News 11/6/2012
Santa Clara County $548 million parcel tax for flood protection, water cleanup and projects approved
Santa Clara County voters passed a $548 million parcel tax to fund flood control, environmental cleanup and other water projects at the Santa Clara Valley Water District.

KQED 11/6/2012
How a Sandy-Type Storm Could Short-Circuit Silicon Valley
First the good news: The Bay Area has plans in place for a storm as big and bad as Sandy.
Now the bad news: Planning is about as far as it goes. We haven’t built new levees or seawalls, moved electrical equipment higher up, or relocated much of anything out of the flood plain.
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Bay Nature 11/8/2012
In age of superstorms, Bay Area prepares for every inch of water
With the Northeast still reeling from the affects of superstorm Sandy, there’s been quite a bit of chatter out here on the Pacific about our own vulnerabilities to large tropical storms in the age of climate change.
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The New York Times 11/3/2012
Protecting the City, Before Next Time
If, as climate experts say, sea levels in the region have not only gradually increased, but are also likely to get higher as time goes by, then the question is: What is the way forward ?

San Francisco Chronicle 11/7/2012
Birds arriving at north-state wetlands
On a flooded rice field in remote Yuba County, a small flock of tundra swan ended their long journey this week and settled in the water in front of us. Off to our right, about 100 snow geese bobbed about.
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KALEV 11/5/2012
Saving the California Clapper Rail
In the Gold Rush era, California Clapper Rails were hunted by the thousands.
Today, habitat loss is equally fatal to this secretive bird, one of the largest rails, measuring 13-to-19 inches from the tip of its bill to the tip of its tail.