Hottest Day Ever Recorded!

To All, Word from Cape Town South Africa, (where we have three students currently on our Globalization program), yesterday was the hottest day ever reported for the region during the past century of scientifically precise record-keeping and one of the hottest ever reported in world history—130 degrees F, as measured at Cape Town International Airport. … Continue reading “Hottest Day Ever Recorded!”

The Passing of Bill Kortum: Dean of the local movement for Coastal Protection and Open Space

Here’s a few pieces of an article taken from a much larger article about the whole Kortum family. It was written by Chuck Lucas, and was posted on Caring Bridge. This gives a good idea of the depth and breadth of Bill Kortum’s contributions to our County. BACK AT THE RANCH Bill had graduated from … Continue reading “The Passing of Bill Kortum: Dean of the local movement for Coastal Protection and Open Space”

Drakes Bay Oyster Co. allies drop lawsuit

Move signals apparent end of battle over harvesting in federally protected estuary GUY KOVNER, THE PRESS DEMOCRAT A high-profile, two-year legal battle over oyster farming in the Point Reyes National Seashore came to an apparent and anticlimactic end Tuesday when a coalition of Marin County food interests dropped its case against the U.S. Department of … Continue reading “Drakes Bay Oyster Co. allies drop lawsuit”

Action: Sample Comments on Proposed Marine Sanctuary Expansion

Included Below – are CAG Comments on Proposed Marine Sanctuary expansion (form approx. Stinson Beach to Pt. Arena ) – Ocean Protection – no fishing regs. Supporting this expansion with some concerns voiced is a good thing.  Sanctuary management will and does effect SF Bay waters. Simple support letters will help. The President is thinking … Continue reading “Action: Sample Comments on Proposed Marine Sanctuary Expansion”

Marine Sanctuary Expansion and Links for Commenting

To All, For information about the details of what is being proposed, you can download the Draft EIS at: http://farallones.noaa.gov/manage/pdf/expansion/CBNMS-GFNMS_DEIS_2014web.pdf and the Draft Proposed Rulemaking at: http://farallones.noaa.gov/manage/pdf/expansion/GFNMS_CBNMS_Expansion_ProposedRule.pdf to comment in writing on the Boundary Expansion, go to: http://www.regulations.gov/#!submitComment;D=NOAA-NOS-2012-0228-0321 Richard Charter

Drought, Resilience, & the North Coast Symposium, March 7, Fortuna

Drought, Resilience, & the North Coast River Lodge Conference Center 1800 Riverwalk Drive Fortuna, CA 95540 March 7, 2014, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm The 2014 Eel River Symposium; Drought, Resilience & the North Coast is focused on our current drought and how people can live with increasing climate extremes in ways that leave room … Continue reading “Drought, Resilience, & the North Coast Symposium, March 7, Fortuna”

EPA Finally Asks What Fracking Toxins Are Dumped in the Ocean but Isn’t Stopping the Practice

January 10, 2014 The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is cracking down on oil companies using the controversial practice of hydraulic fracturing, better known as fracking, in ocean waters off the coast of Southern California. No, the agency isn’t banning fracking or ordering a moratorium while it studies the effects of pumping large amounts of pressurized water, … Continue reading “EPA Finally Asks What Fracking Toxins Are Dumped in the Ocean but Isn’t Stopping the Practice”

While Coastal Commission Ponders Offshore Fracking, Feds OK More of It

Friday, February 14, 2014 The California Coastal Commission, scrambling to get up to speed on recently revealed offshore fracking activity, received a briefing (pdf) from its staff Wednesday that showed, in passing, federal approval of four more previously unknown fracking permits. The new fracks, pending at Platform Gilda off the coast of Ventura County, would add to the … Continue reading “While Coastal Commission Ponders Offshore Fracking, Feds OK More of It”

Letter to Policy Makers Regarding King Tides

Dear Policy Makers: PLEASE: No more building in the floodplains.  Or in the predicted future 1% floodplains. New structures – homes, commercial, industrial, institutional and governmental buildings and roadways – have an average lifespan of 100 – 300 years if reasonably maintained. Approvals of new structures, or any consideration of alterations, expansions or reuse of … Continue reading “Letter to Policy Makers Regarding King Tides”

King Tides a Preview of Coming Sea Rise

John Laird December 24, 2013 Sea levels off the California coast will rise up to 2 feet by 2050 and up to 5.5 feet by 2100, scientific research suggests. Already, sea levels have risen in San Francisco by 8 inches over the past century. The highest tides of the year – dubbed King Tides – … Continue reading “King Tides a Preview of Coming Sea Rise”