Southern California Public Radio 9/3/13
California spends $428M on waterway trash-fighting
California communities are spending $428 million a year to keep plastic and other trash off the streets and keep it from polluting waterways and beaches, an environmental group said in a new report. The study, released on Aug. 28, was based on information supplied by 95 communities around the state on how much they spent on street sweeping; litter pickup; waterway and beach cleanup; storm drain cleaning and maintenance; installation of devices to trap trash that flows down storm drains with runoff, and public education programs about litter’s impact on waterways.
SF Gate 9/1/13
San Francisco Before 1900
People from all around the world moved in, built a famous city, built factories on the bay shore, and by 1908 when the U.S.Navy’s Great White Fleet steamed in the Golden Gate, the whole world around San Francisco Bay was transformed in only 100 years. 2013 is the Year of the Bay. To celebrate, we’re opening up the Chronicle photography archives to an innovative crowdsourcing project at //yearofthebay.org, designed at Stanford University with nonprofit social technology partner Historypin. We’ll post the pics, but we need your help. We need you to tell us anything you know about the who, what, when, where of the scenes in these photos.
San Jose Mercury News 8/29/13
Massive new wetlands restoration reshapes San Francisco Bay
The Carneros region in southern Napa and Sonoma counties has been known for years for chardonnays, pinot noirs and merlots.But as the grapes hang plump on the vines awaiting the autumn harvest, this area along the northern shores of San Francisco Bay is growing a new bounty: huge numbers of egrets, herons, ducks, salmon, Dungeness crabs and other wildlife, all returning to a vast network of newly created marshes and wetlands. Construction crews and biologists are in the final stretch of a 20-year project to restore 11,250 acres of former industrial salt ponds back to a natural landscape. The aquatic renaissance is already the largest wetlands restoration project ever completed in the Bay Area, turning back the clock 150 years and transforming the area between Vallejo and Sonoma Raceway, despite little public awareness because of the distance from the Bay Area’s large cities.
Bird’s eye view: San Francisco Bay as seen from the air
The eyes of the Bay Area have been on the new eastern span of the Bay Bridge this week. The self-supported suspension span, conceived after the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake, took 24 years of planning and building, and $6.4 billion, to complete. But man has been building on the shores of San Francisco Bay for hundreds of years, and a new book and exhibit at the Oakland Museum of California documents those changes and pushes viewers to ask whether it has been for the good. Matthew Coolidge, one of the founders of the Center for Land Use Interpretation, a research and education organization that uses art and other methods to explore and examine landscape issues, is fascinated with man’s impact on the land. The organization got its start in an office in Jack London Square in Oakland in 1994, but now has offices and exhibition space in Los Angeles, and residency and research outposts in Wendover, Utah, the Mojave Desert, and Kansas.
San Jose Mercury News 9/3/13
California Coastal Cleanup 2013 targets cigarette butt trash
Every September, Coastal Cleanup Day analytical surveys of trash collected by volunteers create a snapshot of how much trash and what type of trash is polluting our waterways and ocean, in order to make changes to protect the environment. This year, on Saturday, Sept. 21, volunteers will again count collected trash.The number one piece of trash with 6,489,979 items collected in California from 1989 to 2012 (if you don’t count the countless pieces of plastic and Styrofoam) is the miserable, disgraceful, discarded cigarette butt. After group items such as food wrappers/containers and caps/lids, the group plastic and paper bags were 4th on the list, with a count of 1,374,381. And, you cannot have failed to notice that environmental stewards have managed to successfully campaign to change the availability of plastic bags in our society.