“The California Coastal National Monument runs the length of the state and is filled with offshore islands, reefs and rocks — until now. President Obama on Tuesday will add 1,665 onshore acres near Mendocino to the parkland said to be the most viewed but least recognized of U.S. national monuments.”
From the Marin Independent Journal and San Jose Mercury News:
“A federal appeals court on Tuesday ruled against a commercial oyster farm that has drawn national attention for its battle to continue operating at Point Reyes National Seashore in Marin County — a critical decision that could result in the company being forced to close.”
“A federal appeals court took a step Tuesday toward closing a Marin County oyster farm at the center of a heated environmental and political controversy, reaffirming its ruling that the federal government legally refused to renew the company’s lease in waters designated by Congress as a wilderness area.”
“California has often been a crucible for innovation. …
“In that spirit the California Coastal Commission has unanimously put its stamp of approval on a business plan to develop the first shellfish ranch in federal waters nearly 10 miles off the California coast near Long Beach.”
“The highest tides of the year, known as king tides, are flowing back into the Bay Area this week. Thanks to Northern California’s unseasonably dry and sunny weather, the higher than normal water levels are not expected to cause any serious flooding in low-lying areas.
“On Wednesday, Los Angeles begins its ban on the flimsy plastic carry-out bags with handles, and there’s no doubt that consumers will be adjusting for a while. It takes some habit-building to remember the bags on each trip to the market.”
“The yin and yang of the ocean will be on full display in the next few days, with some of the lowest tides of the year set to expose sea life at Santa Cruz County beaches.
“The King Tides also will bring some of the highest tides of the year, which can portend what rising sea levels could look like in the coming decades, according to researchers and environmental groups.”
“A king tide rolled into Marin on Monday morning, flooding areas along the county’s bay shore. But with no stormy conditions to magnify its impact, the rising water line wasn’t the royal pain that it has been in other years.”
“Some Los Angeles grocery store customers will have to adjust to a lifestyle change come Jan. 1, when a ban on plastic bags takes effect. …
“Many of the billions of bags used annually end up in the ocean, where plastic debris kills birds, turtles and other marine life. The thin bags also litter the urban landscape and pose problems at landfills.”
“Clues from ancient Hawaiian coral show a major shift in the subtropic Pacific Ocean’s ecosystem around 1850.
“A research team from UC Santa Cruz has created a 1,000-year record of how the North Pacific Subtropic Gyre, the world’s largest ecosystem, produces organic material, said Owen Sherwood, co-author of the study.”
“An advisory committee wants Monterey County Water Resources Agency officials to ask the Board of Supervisors to put money where its mouth is.
“The regional advisory committee, charged with developing a plan to use a Salinas River water permit to battle seawater intrusion, asked water agency officials on Thursday to consider asking the supervisors to help pay for the effort.”