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CA sea otter population growth, weekend rain not enough to dampen Bay Area dry spell

September 24, 2013

Serving up your Bay Area nature news digest:

  • New study finds Cal sea otter population has grown since 2012, not yet enough to be removed from threatened list.  [Live Science]
  • Weekend downpour not enough to dampen Bay Area’s driest year on record, so far. [San Jose Mercury News]
  • With 84 percent of Yosemite’s Rim Fire contained, officials say full containment won’t happen until early October. [SF Appeal]
  • Marin locals weigh in on traffic and parking issues at Muir Woods in community meeting. [Marin Independent Journal]
  • Scientists testing out new whale tracking app to prevent ship collisions. [SF Appeal]
  • Where did all the 2011 Japanese tsunami debris end up? Not on Californian shores. [San Jose Mercury News]
  • What’s the latest on CEQA “reform”? Apparently a bunch of new exemptions. [Legal Planet]
  • San Mateo county parks turn to crowdfunding to encourage community investment in parks. [San Mateo Daily Journal]
  • Should billionaire George Lucas get to build a graphic art museum in old commissary spot at Crissy Field? [SFist]
  • Ever wondered about the history of one of SF’s only natural lakes — Mountain Lake? [San Francisco Chronicle]
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