Weekly Roundup | May 10, 2013

SF Examiner 5/5/13
Warriors unveil new S.F. arena plans
The Warriors unveiled new detailed designs for their proposed San Francisco waterfront arena and nearby development ahead of a bevy of public hearings in the coming weeks. The Warriors presented their first plans in October for the piers. Since then, many state and local agencies, along with the public, have given feedback.newspaper
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Climate Connections 5/1/13
Assembly committee OKs moratorium on fracking in California
Three bills seeking to impose moratoriums on fracking in California won approval at the California Assembly Natural Resources Committee in Sacramento on April 29, an important milestone for environmentalists who ultimately plan to push for a permanent ban on the practice. Assembly Bill 1301, introduced by Assembly Member Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica), is backed by a host of statewide environmental organizations including the Center for Biological Diversity, Food & Water Watch, and Clean Water Action.
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PR Web 5/8/13
Aquarium of the Bay announces new North American river otter exhibit
Aquarium of the Bay, San Francisco Bay’s only waterfront aquarium, plans to open a new North American river otter exhibit this summer. The exhibit will be an education and conservation resource and will provide an opportunity for guests to understand environmental changes. Scheduled to open in late June, the new permanent exhibit will feature river otters playing, swimming, eating and more.
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Marin Independent Journal 5/3/13
Bay Area can’t afford to lose Delta water fight
Forget, for the moment, the question of whether Gov. Jerry Brown’s water guru Jerry Meral made a colossal political blunder last week or was just telling it like it is. Either way, it’s clear that the governor’s $23 billion Delta water plan deserves to go down the drain. The state Natural Resources Agency deputy director allegedly told a water advocate that Brown’s plan “is not about, and has never been about, saving the Delta. The Delta cannot be saved.”
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Bay Nature 5/8/13
Enjoying a moment with photographer Rick Lewis
Rick Lewis evokes the phrase, “beauty is in the eye of the beholder.”  Where other people see industry and ugliness, he finds the bright and the beautiful. Where other people see steel yards, he spots great blue herons.  A self-taught photographer whose work has appeared in at least half of the 50 issues of Bay Nature  (including twice on the cover), Lewis’ passion for photographing birds and wildlife took root at the edges of the farmland where he grew up, listening to the songs of mockingbirds and chancing upon coyotes.
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Weekly Roundup October 12, 2012

weekly roundupThis week, we celebrate the news that our founder Sylvia McLaughlin will soon have Eastshore State Park named in her honor. “I feel extremely honored to have this park named for me,” McLaughlin said to the Daily Californian. “I hope that it will be a joy for future generations and also hope they will continue to appreciate and guard it.” In other news, Save The Bay and Marin County Parks launched a new restoration project at Creekside Marsh. NRDC’s blog affirms that this “Restoration Economy” is good for the environment and job growth. And we agree that Measure B would renew local funding for safe, clean water in Santa Clara County and protect our Bay. Finally, our friend Rick Lewis has some incredible photos from Arrowhead Marsh in Bay Nature.

The Daily Californian 10/10/2012
State park named for Berkeley environmentalist Sylvia McLaughlin
The California State Park and Recreation Commission has renamed Eastshore State Park in honor of lifelong environmental advocate and 95-year-old Berkeley resident Sylvia McLaughlin.
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Twin Cities Times 10/10/2012
Restoration project breaks ground
Volunteers of all ages throughout the Bay Area spent Saturday morning dirtying their hands and cleansing the environment, as Save The Bay and Marin County Parks partnered to launch their newest restoration site at Creekside Marsh at Hal Brown Park in Greenbrae.
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NRDC Switchboard 10/9/2012
The New “Restoration Economy” a Boon for Jobseekers and the Environment
The news this past week has been plastered with encouraging headlines regarding the recent September, and revised July and August job growth numbers. Jobless rate falls to 7.8%, lowest since January 2009! Jobless rate hits 44-month low! 114K jobs added in Sept.; July, Aug. updates help unemployment rate! There’s an economic movement underfoot that will continue to support these much-revered statistics and the growth of good jobs – the “restoration economy.”
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San Jose Mercury News 10/11/2012
Mike Mielke and Ben Field: Measure B will protect Santa Clara valley against flooding
Many of us remember that large parts of downtown San Jose looked more like a lake than a city after the torrential rains in 1995. Flooding at Highway 87 near the HP Pavilion ruined more than 300 homes and businesses. Still, we go about our daily lives taking for granted that we will always have a water system that protects us against flooding and provides clean, safe water to drink.
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Bay Nature 10/8/2012
Snatch! The vultures vs. the hawk
Arrowhead Marsh, which juts out into the bay next to the Oakland Airport, is often full of drama. In a battle among feathered titans, a red-tailed hawk spots a group of vultures settling in on a carcass. The red-tail makes its move. Ask yourself: can you truly feel sorry for vultures?
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