“A new dispute between the city of San Diego and General Dynamics NASSCO threatens to derail the long-sought cleanup of toxins that have built up in the sediment of San Diego Bay from many years of heavy industry, military operations and urban runoff.
“A $78 million dredging operation to remove 158,000 cubic yards of contaminated sediment was supposed to get under way last week by order of the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board.”
“Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe ordered the operator of the country’s crippled nuclear power plant on Thursday to scrap all six reactors at the site instead of just four already slated for decommissioning and to concentrate on tackling pressing issues like leaks of radioactive water.”
“The city of San Diego will vote next week on whether to pay $6.45 million to help clean up San Diego Bay, while the port announced Wednesday that it had reached an agreement with NASSCO shipyard to help fund the cleanup. …
“The cleanup operation would remove toxins from industrial operations, shipyards and urban runoff that have built up in sediment over decades.
“Set in a 20-foot shipping container painted bright blue, Rose’s Waves 4 Water initiative is a big presence on the sand at Trestles, where Costa Mesa-based Hurley is using a major surf contest as an educational tool for teaching beachgoers about the water crisis.
“The surfbrand is showcasing its H20 Initiative at the Hurley Pro – where thousands of surf fans are showing up through the week to watch the world’s best surfers compete – to highlight Waves 4 Water and The Ecology Center in San Juan Capistrano to spread the word about water.”
“Heal the Bay has received many questions from concerned residents in Southern California about potential health and environmental impacts along the California coast that may result from the Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster in Japan. Here is our perspective about possible radiation dangers, gleaned by consulting the scientific community:
“What is the source of potential radiation?
“… For the past two and a half years, the Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco) has been trying to cool the three reactors impacted by the tsunami.
“Why did Assemblyman Marc Levine take a walk on coastal protection? Levine represents Marin County, perhaps the most environmentally conscious political jurisdiction on the planet. Nonetheless, he abstained this week on a bill that would have given the coastal commission independent authority to levy fines on people who violate environmental laws that damage the coast.”
“The California Department of Water Resources last week announced that everyone should be prepared for another dry year, just in case. Around the state, reservoirs are dropping, and nobody knows if there will be a wet or dry winter.
“The Pacific isn’t giving up any secrets on the subject. Scientists say the water is neither warm nor cool. Which means it’s just a coin flip, unless things change soon.”
“Veteran environmental leader Ruskin Hartley has been named chief executive officer of Heal the Bay, the Southern California nonprofit group announced today. Hartley comes to Heal the Bay after a six-year stint as executive director and secretary of the Save the Redwoods League, the San Francisco-based organization focused on studying, restoring and protecting old-growth forests in California. …
“Before joining the Redwoods League, he served as an environmental planner in Southern California.
“A tsunami spawned by a huge Alaskan earthquake could hit the California coast at any time and cause at least $10 billion in damage across the state, teams of scientists warned Wednesday.
“The disaster would force at least 750,000 people to evacuate flooded areas, destroy port facilities in the Bay Area and Los Angeles, and send water surging up creeks, harbors and canals everywhere, the scientists said.”
“A large tsunami hitting California would cause major flooding in Long Beach and parts of Orange County and force 750,000 people to evacuate coastal areas in a few hours, according to extensive simulation published Wednesday by U.S. Geological Survey. …
“The report, compiled by dozens of scientists, emergency responders and industry representatives, is the most extensive examination of what a tsunami would do California’s coastline.
“A Marin County Superior Court judge has ruled that an embattled oyster farm in the Point Reyes National Seashore must comply with state laws governing the coast.
“The ruling by the judge means that Drakes Bay Oyster Co. must discontinue cultivating a non-native species of Manila clams, remove marine debris from the park’s estuary and resolve other long-standing issues.”
“A recently recognized threat to ocean health has the potential to do more than just inflict a bad year on shellfish producers. Ocean acidification could put us out of business permanently. Caused by activities that generate pollution from factories, cars and power plants, ocean acidification is physically changing the chemistry in the ocean.”
“Japan’s nuclear watchdog is considering raising the danger level at the Fukushima plant to ’serious.’ That’s after 300 tons of contaminated water leaked from a holding tank there — some of it possibly reaching the Pacific.”