SF Chronicle 7/7/13
Ships urged to slow down for whales outside SF Bay
The Coast Guard is asking large ships off the Northern California coast to slow down to almost half their normal speed to avoid collisions with endangered whales feasting on an abundance of krill in the water.
A message being broadcast over marine band radio advises the vessels to approach and exit San Francisco Bay at no more than 10 knots and watch for large whales around two marine sanctuaries.
The Atlantic Cities 7/11/13
5 Landmarks That Could Soon Be Swallowed by Rising Seas
So, you spent last weekend celebrating American independence with patriotic fervor and you’re now enthused about the preservation of American history and culture and all things awesome and bygone. Right? Keep that historical buzz going for a moment to contemplate five sites the National Trust for Historic Preservation — the country’s preservers-in-chief — thinks are most vulnerable to flooding caused by sea level rise.
Can bringing wetlands back to our coasts protect us from future megastorms?
Kevin Shanley says too many cities have an outdated approach to storm protection that makes them vulnerable to the coming mega-storms. The CEO of SWA Group, an international landscape architecture, planning, and urban design firm, Shanley is an advocate of using “green infrastructure” — human-made systems that mimic natural ones — as bulwarks.
In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, people are taking note. Some experts believe New York City would not have sustained such severe damage had the original wetlands that lined the coasts not been uprooted by development. In fact, some parts of Staten Island remained relatively unscathed because they were protected by the massive Fresh Kills Park and its wetlands.
The Sacramento Bee 7/12/13
Caltrans yanks anti-tunnel signs in Delta, ignites furor
State transportation officials have emboldened a protest movement in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta by removing yard signs objecting to Gov. Jerry Brown’s plan to build two giant water diversion tunnels.
The signs, proclaiming “Save the Delta! Stop the Tunnels!”, have proliferated in yards fronting state highways in the region in recent weeks. It is an effort by residents and activists to make their voices heard on the controversial issue.
Contra Costa Times 7/11/13
Bald eagle chick discovered at Crystal Springs Reservoir
A bald eagle has hatched from an egg and begun learning to fly in San Mateo County for the first time in at least 98 years.
The eagle took its initial flight from the nest along Crystal Springs Reservoir sometime around the first week of July, according to the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, which owns the 23,000-acre Peninsula Watershed surrounding the man-made lake.
Watershed keepers first glimpsed the bird in early June in a nest about 100 feet up a tree. They estimate that by then it was already about 2 months old, with a 3-foot wingspan. The eagle has since fledged, or started flying, but will remain in the same area as its parents for up to a year, said watershed keeper Tim Sullivan.
ABC San Francisco 6/28/13
Three river otters find new home at SF’s Aquarium of the Bay
Pier 39 in San Francisco has some playful new residents. Three river otters named Shasta, Tubbs, and Wildcat have a permanent new home at Aquarium of the Bay. Their exhibit has fresh water pools, dry land, live plants, and plenty of fish. It’s called, “Otters: Watershed Ambassadors.” Officials say they saved the three from fur traders in Louisiana.