Weekly Roundup | April 5, 2013

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Palo Alto Patch 4/3/13
Save The Bay Welcomes Estuary Scientist Sam Luoma to Board of Directors
Save The Bay, the largest regional organization working to protect and restore San Francisco Bay, announced today that Dr. Sam Luoma has joined its Board of Directors. Dr. Luoma comes to Save The Bay with a distinguished career in Bay estuary and water science.
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High Country News 3/21/13
Uncertain science in CA’s Bay Delta
In 2009, a reporter for CBS’s 60 Minutes asked the then-Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger a hard question about California’s water. The state had been battling over the fate of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Bay Delta for decades, and, with the Governator’s encouragement, work was progressing on the new Bay Delta Conservation Plan. The plan was supposed to supply water to Central Valley farms and Southern California cities while also protecting Delta fish and farmers. It was a tall order, and 60 Minutes wanted to know if Schwarzenegger thought he could have it all.
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Mercury News 4/4/13
Bay Bridge tanker collision report: Pilot committed ‘misconduct,’ made risky change in course
The pilot of a 752-foot-long oil tanker that collided in heavy fog with the Bay Bridge three months ago committed “misconduct” by making a risky last-minute change in course, state investigators concluded Thursday.
The pilot, Captain Guy Kleess, failed to effectively communicate with other members of the ship’s crew and “lost awareness of what was happening around him,” an investigative committee of the State Board of Pilot Commissioners concluded.
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Marin Independent Journal 4/2/13
Assemblyman Levine’s bill banning plastic bags passes first committee
A plastic grocery bag ban proposed by Assemblyman Marc Levine, D-San Rafael, has overcome its first hurdle and is headed to the Assembly Appropriations Committee. Assembly Bill 158 was approved Monday by the Assembly Natural Resources Committee, chaired by Assemblyman Wesley Chesbro, D-Arcata. Chesbro helped co-author Levine’s bill along with Tom Ammiano, D-San Francisco, Bonnie Lowenthal, D-Long Beach, Richard Gordon, D-Menlo Park, and Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo.
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National Geographic 3/29/13
RISE: Climate Change and Coastal Communities
Most of the great cities, the world over, are built along the water. So are many towns, hamlets, and villages. But sea level rise and extreme weather, both fueled by climate change, threaten to reclaim coastal lands and the communities that are built on them. The destruction of New York’s shoreline, in the wake of Super Storm Sandy, has made this all too clear. The RISE series looks at this international issue through the lens of a single place: the San Francisco Bay and the 7 million people who live and work in cities that ring its shores. Moving beyond the headlines, RISE asks hard questions — and finds some interesting answers.
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San Jose Mercury News 4/3/13
Sickly sea lion pups come north for treatment in Marin
About 30 malnourished California sea lion pups have arrived at the Marine Mammal Center in the Marin Headlands for treatment from Southern California, where treatment centers have been overwhelmed by hundreds of the sick animals. Since January, strandings of California sea lion pups have been high in Santa Barbara, Ventura, Los Angeles, Orange and San Diego counties.
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Fairfield-Suison Daily Republic 4/3/13
The reasons why to garden with native plants
In the Bay Area’s residential areas, 20 to 50 percent of the land remains open, meaning it has not been paved over or covered by structures. All of it is potential habitat. Wherever there’s soil and air, organisms are living. Insects hunt and pollinate, plants extend their roots downward and stems upward, and winged or furry creatures eat and sleep. Habitat does not only mean undeveloped lands, it means backyards, front yards and yards with planted containers. You can create your own backyard habitat by planting native plants that invite wildlife. Everyone appreciates being in a garden that is beautiful, but a garden with bees, birds, butterflies and dragonflies is an interesting, peaceful place to spend time.
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