Weekly Roundup February 15, 2013

weekly roundupSports columnist and Bay Area native Ann Killion made a strong argument against the proposed Warriors arena in the San Francisco Chronicle. Five weeks after the Overseas Reymar collision, shipping officials passed new restrictions on large ships sailing near the Bay Bridge. In San Jose, volunteers descended upon Coyote Creek as part of the city’s Clean Creeks, Healthy Communities program, collecting data as well as trash.  Styrofoam was the prize of the day because San Jose has been considering banning it for two years, and the City Council will finally put it to a vote on Feb. 26.  In coming years Cullinan Ranch in westernmost Solano County will  once again becomes tidal wetlands.  The Bay Area has uniquely positioned itself ahead of California overall, assuming a “burden of leadership” in planning beyond sustainability for global resilience.  Seeking to join many of their coastal California counterparts, members of the Sacramento City Council are advocating for a ban on plastic shopping bags.  The Watershed Project, a Richmond-based nonprofit, has plans to restore lost habitat for Olympia oysters along the Point Pinole shoreline in Richmond.  This week, the Bay Area Stormwater Management Agencies Association (BASMAA) issued a statement urging city governments that have not already done so to approve bans on the use of plastic bags.

San Francisco Chronicle 2/14/13
Warriors arena would block beauty of bay
After a breathtakingly fast start, the Warriors were bound to cool off. To come back to earth. I’m not talking about this season’s performance on the court. I’m talking about the organization’s proposed waterfront arena.

Contra Costa Times 2/14/13
Coast Guard, shipping officials pass new rules to restrict large ships from sailing near Bay Bridge in heavy fog
Hoping to reduce the risk of major oil spills in San Francisco Bay, the Coast Guard and top shipping officials Thursday passed new rules to restrict cargo ships, oil tankers and other large vessels from sailing near the Bay Bridge in heavy fog. The action comes five weeks after an empty oil tanker, the Overseas Reymar, sideswiped a tower of the Bay Bridge near Yerba Buena Island.

San Jose Mercury News 2/9/13
Cleanup of San Jose Creek yields squishy surprises
For nearly three hours, Brad Hunt had been squishing around in the mud and muck along Coyote Creek, stooping every few seconds to retrieve another piece of trash, shifting each sodden coffee cup or soiled diaper into one of several bags set up along the creek bank — like a forensic technician collecting clues at the scene of a crime. “I think people don’t really realize where their trash is going most of the time,” Hunt said. As he spoke, a piece of clear plastic floated down from the tree canopy behind him, settling onto the surface of the muddy water. Guessing that it was discarded from a car on the Interstate-280 overpass nearby, he watched it float slowly toward San Francisco Bay.
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Fairfield – Suison Daily Republic 2/14/13
Cullinan Ranch will be place for wildlife – and people
Don Brubaker drove along a levee and pointed out the flat expanse of pickleweed and water in front of him and the hills of Napa and Sonoma counties miles away. “All the way to those foothills over there was an estuary,” said Brubaker, who manages the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s San Pablo Bay National Wildlife Refuge.
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Greenbiz.com 2/8/13
Why San Francisco can lead the way on resiliency planning
If climate predictions are correct, Silicon Valley — already below sea level and estimated by the Army Corps of Engineers to have nearly 260 companies contributing over a trillion dollars to regional GDP — is at tremendous risk. In light of this, the Bay Area has both a sincere need and obligation to plan more resilient infrastructure and physical space.
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The Sacramento Bee 2/9/13
Plastic bag ban could be in Sacramento’s future
It’s an age-old question that could be headed toward oblivion in Sacramento: paper or plastic? Seeking to join many of their coastal California counterparts, two members of the City Council are advocating for a ban on plastic shopping bags at large stores in the city that sell groceries. That might include not just grocery outlets but also big retailers such as Target, CVS and Wal-Mart.
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KQED 2/11/13
Bringing Oysters Back to the Bay
During the Gold Rush, the San Francisco Bay’s native oyster habitat was all but wiped out due to overharvesting and hydraulic mining washing sediment onto the bay floor. But a Richmond-based nonprofit has plans to restore the shellfish’s lost habitat along the Point Pinole shoreline.
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Belmont Patch 2/14/13
Stormwater Management Agency: Plastic Bags Clog Drains, Pollute Water
Though the counties of San Mateo and Santa Clara have both banned the use of plastic bags in unincorporated areas, there are still some cities in the South Bay and Peninsula that have not done so at the city level. This week, the Bay Area Stormwater Management Agencies Association (BASMAA) issued a statement urging city governments that have not already done so to approve such bans.
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