This past October, we reported on a landmark plan to preserve and restore the subtidal habitats of the San Francisco Bay – thousands of acres that sit mostly out of sight and out of mind below the surface of the Bay. In late January, the Final San Francisco Bay Subtidal Habitat Goals Report addressing this plan was released.
Nestled deep in the Bayview Hunters Point neighborhood among a tallow rendering plant, a wastewater treatment facility, a concrete plant, and one of the state’s largest Superfund sites, the EcoCenter built by Literacy for Environmental Justice may just be the Bay Area’s most innovative green building. And the federal EPA agrees.
People travel from around the world to visit the America’s National Parks. They come for scenery, wildlife, human history. But rarely do they come for the food. Instead they usually find the same fare available at most any shopping mall food court. That may soon change soon thanks to work being done at the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.
With a few good storms already this fall, we have some reason to hope for good rains this season. That will be good news for salmon, and good news for the young rain harvesters at work in Marin County, where the Salmon Protection and Watershed Network is putting on a rainwater harvesting and community art contest.
Currently, the East Bay has 175 miles of pedestrian and bicycle trails serving over 2.5 million people across the Alameda and Contra Costa counties. But there are still significant gaps. The East Bay Regional Park District is poised to start filling those in after this week’s announcement of a $10.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation.
It’s safe to say that most Californians harbor a soft spot for sea otters. So two bleak reports this past month concerning the fate of the southern sea otter were met with much dismay. One group of scientists documented a fresh-water toxin that’s killing otters downstream, while another found a marked increase in otters killed by sharks.
After a summer spent watching our nation scramble to clean up one of history’s largest oil spills, it seems like an especially good time to get our own hands dirty working to protect our nation’s fragile natural resources. Call it fate or coincidence then that both Coastal Cleanup Day and National Public Lands Day take place this Saturday, September 25th.