Weekly Roundup September 7, 2012

weekly roundupIn this week’s roundup, a local native shrub gets federal protection. As the state’s legislative year ends, few environmental bills were approved. Looking to California’s future, Bill Jennings outlines why a Peripheral Tunnel is a bad idea for the Delta. Plus, the Solano Land Trust preserves 1500 acres of open space, while a local mom finds marsh among industrial landscape. And just how big is San Francisco Bay?

NBC Bay Area 9/7/2012
Federal Government Comes to the Rescue of San Francisco Shrub
A lowly shrub in San Francisco’s Presidio is getting some help from high up, after the federal government on Wednesday placed the nearly extinct Franciscan Manzanita on its Endangered List.
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Capitol Weekly 9/5/2012
A Peripheral Tunnel is a bad idea
It isn’t people versus fish; there is enough water for both if efficiently and equitably used. The Delta cannot survive the waste of subsidized water to grow subsidized crops in the desert. Gov. Jerry Brown and federal officials might be attempting to persuade the public that the tunnel is nearly a fait accompli, but water ratepayers and voters will reject it, just as voters did 30 years ago.
Read more about plans for the Peripheral Tunnel here >> 

San Jose Mercury News 9/5/2012
Few environmental bills make it out of the California Legislature
Environmental groups and their supporters hoping for a new wave of green laws from the Legislature this year ended up with barely a ripple.From a statewide effort to ban plastic bags, to limits on foam food packaging, most of the top environmental bills of the 2012 session died.

San Francisco Chronicle 9/5/2012
Land buy ‘huge puzzle piece’ for trails
A sweeping panorama of oak-studded hills and valleys that conservationists see as the key to establishing a corridor of open space stretching from the East Bay to Clear Lake will be opened to the public, preservationists said Wednesday.

Hill Babies 9/6/2012
Pier 94 Marshland: sea lions, pickleweed, and a tenuous environment
With some trepidation and a whole lot of doubt, my friends, my daughter, and I drove down the most industrial street in San Francisco, called Amador Street, in the Hunter’s Point / Bayview neighborhood.

KQED Quest 8/31/2012
Waterways of the Largest Estuary on the West Coast
Many Bay Area residents and visitors don’t realize the extent of our estuary’s connection outside of the Bay Area. It’s the largest estuary on the West Coast of North America fed by ocean tides and tendrils of fresh water stretching east to the Sierras and north nearly to the Oregon border.