We could end up with 'as much plastic in our oceans as fish'
Record-setting rainless January sparks fears, fire
Feds quietly double allowable kill of endangered delta fish
Hopes for drought’s end fade as California rains vanish
In California's poorest towns, tap water's legacy is toxic for latinos
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California Preparing for King Tides
This holiday season some of the year’s highest tides will hit California shorelines, providing a glimpse of what the state can expect as sea-level rises. These ultra-high or “king tides” occurred on December 21-23, and will occur again on January 19-21, and February 17-19. California Coastkeeper Alliance (CCKA) is a organizing partner of the California King Tides Initiative to help educate state decision-makers and the general public about sea level rise. Building on five seasons of sea-level rise outreach, the Project is now working with citizen scientists, including students and local residents, to photograph these ultra-high tides, which highlight the way homes, harbors, and other infrastructure, as well as beaches, wetlands, and public access to the coast may be affected by sea level rise in the future. Municipal officials and climate change researchers will then use these images to validate sea level rise models and to build a hyperlocal catalogue of flood vulnerability data for use in community planning projects.
Along with educating the public about rising tides, CCKA also provides legal expertise to the California Coastal Commission on its newly released Draft Sea Level Rise Guidance. The Draft Guidance predicts up to 66 inches of rise by 2100 in some parts of the state. The guidance is designed to assist local planners and others in addressing sea-level rise in Commission planning efforts. CCKA is advocating for more emphasis on nature-based strategies like wetland buffers and "living shorelines" that involve replanting coastal habitat.
Read the King Tides Project press release here.
Watch the King Tides video podcast here.
Big Storms Bring Big Pollution
California's recent storms come at a price - stormwater pollution. During our dry months, pollutants such as motor oil, grease, mercury and copper accumulate on roads, parking lots and other impervious surfaces. These contaminates accrue in high concentrations until the wet season, where stormwater runoff contaminates streams, lakes, the ocean and beaches. Across California, stormwater pollution leads to beach closures and serious impacts to both human health and aquatic life.
California Coastkeeper Alliance (CCKA), and California's 12 local Waterkeepers, are leaders in addressing the impacts of stormwater runoff. CCKA's stormwater advocacy has yielded dramatic public engagement in the stormwater permit processes, and resulted in measurable improvements to stormwater permits. On the local level, California Waterkeepers have developed citizen monitoring teams to enforce the Clean Water Act and prevent stormwater pollution from harming public health and aquatic ecosystems.
Humboldt Baykeeper Works to Remove Billboards
Thanks to Humboldt Baykeeper’s advocacy, the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors unanimously agreed to ban electronic billboards along the scenic 101 Highway corridor along Humboldt Bay. Baykeeper has been working for several years to remove these billboards from wetlands located on public lands along the Bay, and will continue their efforts until they are gone for good.
Orange County Coastkeeper's Smartscape Program
Orange County Coastkeeper is partnering with Save the Colorado Fund to expand Coastkeeper’s Smartscape program. The program features projects that replace turf with drought-tolerant plants, thereby reducing Southern California’s need to import water from the Colorado River. Beyond conserving water, Coastkeeper’s Smartscape program reduces landscaping maintenance costs, reduces carbon emissions, mitigates stormwater runoff, and increases soil carbon sequestration.
SD Coastkeeper Advances Potable Water Recycling
Congrats to the San Diego Coastkeeper on its efforts to get the San Diego City Council to approve critical elements of the Pure Water program - an innovative approach to use recycled water to ensure San Diego has a local, drought-resistant and reliable source of water. The approval positions San Diego as a prime example of implementing potable water recycling projects.