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Four Threats to a Healthy Bay

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Habitat Loss On the fringes of the Bay lie the varied wetlands that feed and shelter the Bay’s wildlife. Chinook salmon, white croaker, and northern pintails feed in the shallow water as it fluctuates with the tides. Topsmelt, Pacific staghorn … Read more

Toward A Healthy Bay

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In the 40 years since the movement to save San Francisco Bay began, we have moved from desperately fending off more bay fill projects to proactively restoring thousands of acres of shoreline wetlands. Yet how healthy is the Bay that we are saving? What are the factors that affect the health of the Bay and what are we doing about them?

More Dams Coming?

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Despite their recreational and functional value, most reservoirs come at a cost. To build a reservoir, we must drown a valley. In the Bay Area, that probably entails flooding valuable wildlife habitat, such as oak woodlands, vernal pools, and riparian … Read more

Literacy for Environmental Justice’s Living Classroom

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The urban environmental education and youth empowerment organization Literacy for Environmental Justice (LEJ) is about to begin construction work on its Living Classroom, an eco-efficient, solar- and wind-powered community meeting space and environmental classroom in San Francisco’s Heron’s Head Park. … Read more

Interview with Marty Rosen

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Q: When did you first start to think about the environment? A: I can’t really say that there was a defining moment that I remember, like an epiphany. I can say it was something that I grew up around in … Read more

Book Review: Cal Alive! Exploring Biodiversity

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California Institute for Biodiversity, 2002 Professional Edition (3 CD-ROMs, classroom guide, poster), $250 Lite Edition (1 CD-ROM, no classroom guide), $50 To learn about the vast variety of life in California, it would be best to pack up the car, … Read more

Salt Ponds Restoration Report

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As you have probably heard, 16,500 acres of salt ponds in southern San Francisco Bay will soon be purchased from Cargill Salt and handed over to the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge. This historic purchase, funded by … Read more

The Vale of Tesla

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Nestled in the hills southeast of Livermore, at the border between the San Joaquin Valley and the Bay Area, the old Tesla Mine townsite in Corral Hollow sustains a vibrant mix of inner south coast range plants and animals along with the traces of a rich human history. But a state proposal to create an off-road vehicle park in the hollow threatens to reopen old scars on this tranquil landscape.