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Estuary’s Question of the Month: What is the weirdest species in the Estuary and why?

A fall flight over the Mexican coast where the Colorado River meets the Sea of Cortez offered me a gut-punching, eye-screwing, visual on the results of impaired flow. The semantics of ‘unimpaired’ and ‘impaired’ flow have laced the language of California water management debates since some engineer invented these politically ‘neutral’ terms long ago. The terms refer to our alteration of freshwater flows from snowmelt and runoff by dams and diversions. But whatever the labels, or whichever estuary you’re referring...


A Stream of Science Takeaways. ESTUARY News sent reporters to the biennial Bay-Delta Science Conference in September. This special edition of Pearls shares more than 20 takeaways.

Two-Way Bay: Estuary Leaders Reflect on Resilience

This 8-minute film interviews eight directors of water quality, restoration, and environmental programs around the San Francisco Estuary about their experience of the 2017-2018 Resilient by Design Bay Area Challenge.

Slideshow: Resilient by Design Bay Area Challenge

Some things just aren’t big enough in print or pdf! In this short slide show we offer a sample of the richness of the renderings, big ideas, and technical thinking emerging from the Resilient by Design Bay Area Challenge. From hyper-creeks to treatment marshes to accretion gardens, this slide show also gives you a look at a few things buried in the final reports.

And Also…

In the Fate of the Delta Smelt, Warnings of Conservation Gone Wrong New Study Improves Measurement of Crop Water Use in the Delta Accidents Waiting to Happen: Coal Ash Ponds Put Our Waterways at Risk

Reducing Pesticide Use

Outreach and education to residential home and garden pesticide users to reduce pesticide toxicity in impaired water bodies.

San Francisco Bay Restoration Authority

Raising and allocating local resources for the restoration, enhancement, and protection of wetlands and wildlife habitat, and associated flood management and public access infrastructure.

State Senate bill advances: Would require companies to take back unwanted drugs

Modeled on a 2012 Alameda County ordinance, Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson’s (D-Santa Barbara) bill is the first of its kind in the US. The Senate Environmental Quality Committee approved the bill on March 26 by a 5-1 vote. It will be heard by the Business, Professions and Economic Development Committee on April 21.  Law360, March 28, 2014

Walnut Creek and San Rafael ban plastic bags; statewide ban moves ahead in the Senate

San Rafael became the 100th municipality statewide to ban single-use plastic shopping bags. Nearly a third of Californians, 12.3 million people, live in communities with bag bans. IndyBay, March 3, 2014 Walnut Creek is the fifth city in Contra Costa County to adopt a bag ban, joining Richmond, El Cerrito, Pittsburg, and San Pablo. San Jose Mercury News, March 5, 2014 Meanwhile a bill that would enact a statewide ban is moving through the committee process in the state Senate....

Assembly bill targets cigarette filters

For some reason, people who would never “litter” drop cigarette butts on the sidewalk or toss them out car windows without thinking twice. Municipalities spend millions of dollars each year cleaning up cigarette trash; what may be worse, even a few cigarettes that reach creeks or the Bay through local storm drain systems pose a real threat to water quality. A bill recently introduced in the state legislator would outlaw the sale or any other transfer of filtered cigarettes. Los...

Statewide Plastic Bag Ban in Sight

Under a compromise negotiated with opponents of last year’s bill, disposable plastic shopping  bags would be banned from grocery check-out stands in California and consumers would pay at least a dime for a paper or re-usable plastic bag a under a compromise proposal negotiated with key opponents of last year’s bill to ban plastic shopping bags. The new measure, to be formally announced on Friday, January 31,  would ban single-use carry-out bags in California grocery stores starting July 1, 2015,...

Seagulls feasting on coastal trash also take young wild salmon

One more reason to clean up our trash: A new study by California Sea Grant-funded researchers shows that a young steelhead has about a 30-percent chance of being eaten by Western gulls during its transit to sea through creek mouths in San Mateo and Santa Cruz counties. California Sea Grant Research News, November 22,2013.
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