A bike race, Valero and a dog ban

February 11, 2013

Lots of Bay Area nature news to fill your Monday!

  • America’s top bike race will scale Mount Diablo in May, but it’s creating a headache for organizers. [Contra Costa Times]
  • Feds order cut in water diversions from Delta after too many smelt kills. [Sacramento Bee]
  • Valero Refinery in Benicia one of state’s largest releasers of toxic chemicals, and overall toxins are on rise in California. [Sacramento Bee]
  • Plastic bags, styrofoam in San Jose waterways drops 60 percent since citywide ban on those waste products. [San Jose Mercury News]
  • Cosco Busan pilot sues Coast Guard to get his mariner’s license back. [San Jose Mercury News]
  • Solar panel industry producing millions of pounds of toxic sludge and contaminated water. [Associated Press]
  • Fremont approves housing development on one of last remaining hillside spaces. [Contra Costa Times]
  • City of Sonoma to purchase 98-acre hillside parcel for open space and considering ban on dogs. [Santa Rosa Press Democrat]
  • Nutrient-rich underwater Cordell Bank “grows like a Sunset magazine garden.” [Santa Rosa Press Democrat]


About the Author

Alison Hawkes was a Bay Nature editor from 2011-2017. Before Bay Nature she worked in journalism for more than a decade as a former newspaper reporter turned radio producer turned web editor with each rendition bringing her closer to her dream of covering environmental issues. She co-founded Way Out West, a site dedicated to covering Bay Area environmental news.