Daily Digest

We have plenty of news to share today! In plastic bag news, local mayors are calling on the state to take the lead on banning plastic bags. However, we need to create strong local policies in order to build a strong statewide policy. In habitat news, invasive weed pesticides are threatening butterflies. The good news is, salmon are coming back to the bay, and high school students are making waves with their Protect the Bay Club. Plus, our co-founder Sylvia McLaughlin may soon have her name on Eastshore State Park.

Los Gatos Weekly Times 4/2/2012
Local mayors want the state to take the lead on plastic bag ban
The mayors of Los Gatos, Saratoga and Campbell all say they are not inclined to follow the city of San Jose by enacting a ban on single-use plastic bags. The mayors discussed the issue at the March 28 West Valley Mayors and Managers meeting, which also includes Monte Sereno and Cupertino.

San Francisco Chronicle 4/2/2012
Weed killers threaten Lange’s metalmark butterfly
Weed killers commonly used to control invasive plants in the Bay Area also kill off butterflies, a federal toxicology study has found.

Richmond Confidential 4/2/2012
Salmon are coming back to the bay
There is great news for fishermen and salmon lovers. This year’s projected salmon count in watersheds around the bay is higher than it has been in years. Last year only about 115,000 salmon were counted swimming from the bay up the Sacramento River. This year the projected count is over 800,000.

KALW 3/29/2012
High school student wins award for environmentalism
Every year, the Bay Nature institute honors people who are making outstanding contributions to the understanding and stewardship of the natural world. One of this year’s awardees is Sean Fitzhoward. She’s a 16-year-old junior at San Francisco’s Lowell High School who founded the Protect the Bay Club. KALW’s Ben Trefny sat down with Sean Fitzhoward, and asked her about what her club does for the environment.

Sierra Club Yodeler 4/2/2012
Renaming Eastshore State Park for Sylvia McLaughlin
The Sierra Club is working to honor Sylvia McLaughlin, co-founder of Save the Bay and long-time defender of the Bay shoreline, by naming after her the park that she worked so long and hard to create. We are asking the State Parks Department to rename the Eastshore State Park as the McLaughlin Eastshore State Park.