Weekly Round-up November 22, 2013
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How Living Infrastructure Will Save our Cities from Nature
Super-typhoon Haiyan, the single most powerful storm ever recorded, is an unsettling harbinger of troubles to come. Weather systems across the globe have gained terrifying intensity and destructive force over the past few years thanks to our rapidly warming planet. New defenses are needed to protect our metropolitan centers, most of which are located within a stone’s throw of the ocean. The solution: fight nature with nature.
SF Gate 11/18/13
Why the Bay Area Should Care about California Delta
The California delta’s water woes might seem distant, but if you live in Alameda, Contra Costa or Santa Clara counties, you may drink delta water.
If you savor locally caught salmon, the delta’s health is crucial to maintaining the supply.
If you love the dominant feature of our home, the San Francisco Bay, you should care about maintaining freshwater flows from the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta.
Bay Nature 11/20/13
It Takes a Village to Create a State Park
On a sun-drenched late fall afternoon at the Berkeley marina, parks officials, activists and local and state representatives gathered at the entrance of Eastshore State Park to celebrate legendary Save The Bay co-founder Sylvia McLaughlin and to rename the park in her honor. As gulls glided above the crowd and gentle breezes brushed the grasses in the adjacent Berkeley Meadow, parks activists and public officials lauded McLaughlin’s vision and persistence in saving the Bay from becoming a narrow shipping channel surrounded by landfill. They also took the occasion to honor the many East Bay residents who fought alongside her to make the shoreline park, now officially known as McLaughlin Eastshore State Park, a reality.
Bay Nature 11/21/13
Bay Researchers Fight Uphill Battle with Invasive Weed
Three years ago, managers at the Invasive Spartina Project thought they’d be almost out of a job by now. Their remarkable success up to that point in treating one fo the most ominous invasive species in the Bay Area had left the once widespread invader, Spartina alterniflora, clinging to just a few acres of scattered marsh. But the ruthlessly fast-spreading cordgrass has never made things easy. It hasn’t spread anymore, but it hasn’t been eradicated either, and after hopeful projections of near complete elimination by 2013, project managers now say it’ll be at least another three years. Despite their achievements, that last push has been the hardest of all.
This Pacific Island has so much Plastic Pollution it Might Become a Superfund Site
There’s so much plastic crap floating in the Pacific Ocean and washing up on shorelines that one atoll in the midst of the mess could be declared a Superfund site.