In February 2007, Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey reintroduced H.R. 1187, a bill to expand the Gulf of the Farallones and Cordell Bank national marine sanctuaries to include the entire Sonoma coast and parts of Mendocino, making those areas off-limits to oil drilling as well. Given that the seasonal ocean currents would drive oil spilled off the Sonoma coast directly into the existing sanctuaries, this bill would provide an important buffer for some extremely productive and sensitive marine ecosystems.
However, in a setback for ocean protection, Congress approved legislation in 2005 that would allow oil companies to conduct taxpayer-financed seismic surveys within national marine sanctuaries. Not only would the discovery of oil deposits lead to pressure for drilling in the sanctuaries, but the high-intensity sonic blasts in the surveys would likely disturb and injure marine life. Fortunately, while it authorized the program, Congress has failed so far to appropriate funds to implement it.
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On October 4, 2015, the Committee for Green Foothills honored Bay Nature co-founders David Loeb and Malcolm Margolin (publisher of Heyday Books) for their significant contributions to the Bay Area nature community.
Temescal Creek flows through concrete culverts from Lake Temescal through the flats of Oakland and Emeryville, into San Francisco Bay—out of sight and largely out of mind. Creek advocates are hoping to change that.
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The 23,000 acres around Crystal Springs are prime hiking territory in an urban region desperate for more places to get outdoors. They're also home to numerous endangered species, and critical to San Francisco's drinking water supply.
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