Weekly Roundup October 19, 2012

weekly roundupThis week, the Clean Water Act celebrates 40 years. Former Save The Bay Executive Director Barry Nelson applauds its impact on the Bay on NRDC’s blog. We continue to advocate for strong policies to keep trash out of the Bay. Our current Executive Director David Lewis writes about the effectiveness of plastic bag bans. KALW interviews SF Environment Department Chief Melanie Nutter about the city’s policies and goals. San Mateo County supervisors vote on banning plastic bags next week, providing 24 cities with an opportunity to jump on the “ban wagon”. The UN released a report emphasizing the economic importance of wetlands worldwide. As we know, wetlands protect communities from floods and sea level rise, a growing concern for our region. KQED reporter Molly Samuel’s aerial photos provide compelling perspective on sea level rise around the Bay. Finally, oysters are making a comeback to the Bay.

NRDC Switchboard 10/18/2012
A Transformed San Francisco Bay – The Legacy of the Clean Water Act
It’s easy to see the Clean Water Act as an abstraction. I mean, who isn’t for clean water? And it’s easy to overlook how this visionary bill touches us every day. From our kitchen faucets to a summer day at a beach, the Clean Water Act improves the lives of all Americans. Today is the 40th anniversary of the Act, making this an appropriate moment to reflect on progress made and challenges remaining.

Take Part 10/18/2012
Op-Ed: Plastic Bag Bans Work to Curb Pollution
Plastic bag bans combined with fees for paper bags are potent tools for reducing plastic trash.

KALW 10/15/2012
Conversation with SF Environment Department chief Melanie Nutter
City Visions speaks with Melanie Nutter, head of San Francisco’s Department of the Environment. Hear about the Department’s current initiatives — from the bag ban to climate change adaptation measures to new rules for nail salons — and how they could affect you and influence statewide policy.
Listen here >>

Palo Alto Daily News 10/18/2012
If San Mateo County supervisors approve plastic bags ban Tuesday, 24 cities may follow
San Mateo County supervisors on Tuesday will consider banning plastic carryout bags in unincorporated communities, a move that could spur as many as two dozen Peninsula cities to follow its lead.

UN News Centre 10/16/2012
Policies to protect wetlands necessary for sustainable economies – UN-backed report
Governments must recognize the vital economic and environmental role that wetlands play in supporting human life and biodiversity, according to a United Nations-backed report released today, which also stresses that their protection is essential for countries to transition into resource-efficient and sustainable economies.

Palo Alto Patch 10/12/2012
Rising sea level to have detrimental impact on Bay Area coast
Bay Area cities are attempting to adapt and innovate local infrastructure in order to prepare for the consequences of climate change.

KQED Quest 10/5/2012
Slideshow: An Early Fall Flight Around the Bay
Last week I went on an aerial tour of the San Francisco Bay. David Lewis, the executive director of Save the Bay, narrated. Bill Rush, a volunteer pilot with LightHawk, flew the plane. We saw tidal marsh and salt ponds; the cities, highways and industry that ring the Bay; and a good amount of fog.
View photos and

Richmond Confidential 10/15/2012
Oysters in for a comeback at Point Pinole
Olympia oysters, whose slender, two-inch shells can be found in historic Native American sites across the Bay Area, are believed to thrive in the shallow water below the tide. But more than a century after nearly disappearing, the Olys could make a comeback at Point Pinole.