Wow, there’s a lot going on. Here are the stories you need to know.
April 13, 2016
This week, we have a variety of stories about not just water and drought, but also news to highlight happenings in the Bay Area & beyond. Plus, some special photo albums and videos!
The Open Space Conference is coming up. Buy tickets now.
El Niño, Water, & Drought:
- The blame for California’s below-average snowpack was placed Wednesday after a disappointing El Niño.
- As a result of the “non-biblical” rainstorms and blizzards, California is now in a state of ecological limbo, causing regulators to consider relaxing the rationing programs in some parts of the state (but not others.)
- Californians cut water use 12 percent in February, concluding a nine-month mandatory conservation initiative that fell just short of the governor’s 25 percent saving goal, according to state data released Monday.
- Cumulatively, urban water use dropped 23.9 percent from June 1 to Feb. 29 when compared with the same period in the baseline year of 2013 — a reduction that state water officials still praised as a success in combatting California’s historic drought.
- The much-needed El Niño downpours might be helping the spread of exotic invasive species.
- California officials said that the Sierra Nevada snowpack peaked two weeks ago at 87 percent of the long-term average.
- In an effort to limit conflicts between runners, bikers and equestrians at Mt. Tam, the Marin Municipal Water District and others will roll out a new “Slow Zone” campaign.
- The Marin Rod and Gun Club is celebrating 90 years of providing recreational activity to the community.
- Tiburon rail historians honor town’s railroad with a new trail project.
- A sea lion (nicknamed “School Daze”) was rescued Monday after straying on Highway 37.
- Staff members with the California Coastal Commission have urged the agency’s governing board to deny the expansion of fee collection for Sonoma Coast beaches.
- Marin County officials are rallying to support ranchers in the fight against a lawsuit that may end cattle and dairy operations in Point Reyes.
San Francisco & South Bay:
- June 7th will be the next time to vote to renew the Santa Clara Park Charter Fund.
- Dog owners filed a lawsuit against the National Park Service claiming the agency has been unresponsive towards their requests regarding off-leash dog rules in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.
Beyond the Bay:
- Google will give $344,000 in grants to the city of Seattle to bring Wi-Fi to low-income residents and to parks and recreation centers across the city.
- Farmers can mitigate their emissions to fight climate change at little to no cost.
- The national monuments created while President Obama was in office have generated more than $156 million in local economic activity annually.
- Certain trees, like the redwoods in Northern California, may adapt to climate change by releasing less carbon dioxide than scientists previously thought.
Photos and Videos
- Check out these powerful images from One Green Planet that show how by destroying nature, we are destroying life itself.
- Be sure to click through this photo gallery of the best spring hikes in the Bay Area.
- A new PBS program called “10 Parks that Changed America” aired yesterday, April 12 2016. Broadcast schedule is here.
Are you coming? Our Open Space Conference will be May 19th in Richmond’s Craneway Pavilion. Now is the time to register to attend.