Check out this week’s roundup for breaking news affecting San Francisco Bay
Bay Nature 10/15/13
Keeping Cigarette Butt Litter out of the Bay
Save the Bay estimates that each year, over three billion cigarette butts are littered in the Bay Area. Tossed onto the road or flicked onto the sidewalk, they will eventually make their way into our creeks and waterways, ending their journey in the Bay. While cities and counties have begun tackling the problem of single-use plastic bags, cigarette butt litter remains a pervasive problem.
“Three billion is really a staggering number of cigarette butts that are littered every year,” said Allison Chan who manages Save The Bay’s pollution prevention program. “And they’re not just your average litter—they’re toxic, plastic litter.”
Contra Costa Times 10/14/13
Richmond reopens Point Molate Beach for first time in more than a decade
Tarnel Abbott sat on a hunk of knotty driftwood Monday morning and listened to the water gently lap at the shore.
It was the first time in more than a decade the Richmond resident could enjoy the sights and sounds of Point Molate Beach Park.
“Being here takes me back to when I was a kid and we’d have picnics here,” Abbott said, her dog pawing at the wet sand near her feet. “To reopen the beach today, after all the city went through…I can’t tell you how happy this makes me.”
San Francisco Chronicle 10/14/13
Who Knew? S.F. arena will be a wonder
I had serious reservations about the Warriors’ plan for a new arena on the San Francisco waterfront.
Mayor Ed Lee made me see the light. Or the torch.
Lee, trying to help small-minded people like me expand our vision, recently said, “New York has the Statue of Liberty, now we’re going to have our arena. It’s going to have the same kind of impact, drawing in hundreds of thousands of people to appreciate the waterfront.”
About time! Right now the only stuff the San Francisco waterfront has for visual impact is a red bridge, a gray bridge, a fixer-upper prison and the ho-hum backdrop of the city’s 49 square miles of hills, with Victorian mansions and a pyramid.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.