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Oct

Getting People On the Bandwagon

Getting People On the Bandwagon Joe Eaton Download: Estuary News, October 2013 PDF From the outset, few functions have been as important for the San Francisco Estuary Partnership as public education. Its outreach function laid the groundwork for the CCMP, with what would now be called focus groups—targeted workshops for businesses, environmentalists, and other stakeholders. Since then, the Partnership has hosted biennial and annual science conferences with an Estuary focus, published an award-winning magazine, and spearheaded campaigns to reduce pollution...
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28
Oct

A Giant Step from Species to Landscapes

WILDLIFE: A Giant Step from Species to Landscapes Joe Eaton Download: Estuary News, October 2013 PDF Not so long ago, San Francisco Bay was a cornucopia of wildlife. Ducks and geese covered the water and filled the skies. Sea otters cavorted in the Bay. On the shorelines, grizzly bears and California condors scavenged the carcasses of beached marine mammals. Nineteenth-century market hunters supplied the finest restaurants of San Francisco with California clapper rails and red-legged frogs. By the time the...
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28
Oct

Keep It Out or Clean It Up

POLLUTION: Keep It Out or Clean It Up Robin Meadows Download: Estuary News, October 2013 PDF While it’s hard to believe today, the San Francisco Estuary was one big dumping ground for cities and industry just decades ago. “The Bay was at its most contaminated from the 1950s to the early ’80s,” says Sam Luoma, a UC Davis ecologist who has spent half his life studying the Bay. “There was an oil spill a day and a fish kill a...
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28
Oct

The CCMP: Long Story Short

The CCMP: Long Story Short Ariel Rubissow Okamoto Download: Estuary News, October 2013 PDF It wasn’t so long ago that the San Francisco Estuary Project was airing public service announcements that explained the nature of an estuary. The Project had its origins in the Clean Water Act, and its purview is one of the America’s 28 “estuaries of national significance.” In 1987, the Project began assembling a series of ground-breaking status and trends reports on key environmental and management issues...
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05
Jul

Back to the Future

Back to the Future for Habitat Goals Ariel Rubissow Okamoto Download: Estuary News, June 2013 PDF Scientist Letitia Grenier is coordinating the 2014 update of the 1999 Baylands Ecosystem Habitat Goals. The Goals created a regional vision for restoring 100,000 acres of tidal marsh around San Francisco Bay, an acreage scientists agreed would be big enough to sustain endangered marsh species. Today, climate change and the prospect of a 2-5 foot sea level rise over the course of the next...
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31
Mar

Clams Muddle Delta Restoration

Clams Muddle Delta Restoration Robin Meadows Download: Estuary News, April 2013 PDF Boosting phytoplankton growth is a key part of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan, as the supply of these tiny algae at the base of the Delta’s food web has plunged over the last few decades. According to conventional wisdom, the best way to increase phytoplankton is to create shallow, slow waters to give algae plenty of light, as well as the chance to build up over time. But...
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30
Jan

Estuary News, November 2012 Issue

Archive Estuary News, November 2012 Issue Download Estuary Nov 2012 PDF The current issue features articles on Delta history, urban runoff into the Bay, duck pond drainage issues, 40 years of changes in the Bay, water science townhall, and Cullinan Ranch restoration.   Featured Stories Unearthing an Older Delta If any scientific report could be called a page-turner, it would be Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Historical Ecology Investigation: Exploring Pattern and Process, a 408-page document prepared by Alison Whipple, Robin Grossinger,...
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28
Jan

Acid Waters Weaken Shells

Acid Waters Weaken Shells Joe Eaton Download: Estuary News, February 2013 PDF Some have called it “the other carbon dioxide problem.” As the world’s oceans absorb part of the anthropogenic increase in CO2, their chemistry is changing, becoming more acidic. Lower pH reduces the amount of calcium carbonate that marine invertebrates can use to build their shells. The impact on vulnerable species and food webs could be catastrophic—and could happen too quickly for these organisms to adapt. It’s not just a...
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06
Jan

Estuary News, August 2012

Archive Estuary News, August 2012 Issue Download Newsletter PDF This issue features articles on ship ballast water, dredging near eelgrass beds, and creek mouth ecology.   Featured Stories Taking the Measure of Ships’ Ballast The devil is in the details, everyone says, as California debates new regulations and new technologies for stanching the flood of invaders arriving here in the ballast water of ships. The debates revolve around two questions. First, which ballast water quality standard –the local one, the...
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26
Sep

Estuary News Archive

Archive 2012 – 2016 Issues of Estuary News magazine Estuary News has been in print since 1991, and within its pages you will find the history of efforts to restore, manage, and understand the ecology of, and human impacts on, the West Coast’s most urbanized estuary. Just click on the covers below to examine each PDF. More back issues will be coming on line soon. [tab] [tab_item title=”2016 Issues”] September 2016 The September issue of ESTUARY News magazine explores transitions...
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26
Sep

Videos and Podcasts

This page is a hub for videos and podcasts about issues impacting the San Francisco Estuary, from pollution prevention and pest control to green infrastructure and habitat restoration. These multimedia resources provide background, perspective, and context to help stakeholders more fully understand these important issues.
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14
Sep

Current Issue

Current Issue at a Glance DOWNLOAD December 2016 ISSUE This issue describes how stormwater regs are being used to shift the homeless away from creeks and towards services, as well as options for relocating the Estuary’s orphan species. It also highlights projects designed to grow more fish food in the Delta, why plastic can smell like bird food out in the ocean, and how spot-on flea treatments aren’t staying on our pets but migrating onto home surfaces, down the drain,...
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14
Sep

About Us

The Partnership The San Francisco Estuary Partnership is a coalition of resource agencies, non-profits, citizens, and scientists working to protect, restore, and enhance water quality and fish and wildlife habitat in and around the San Francisco Bay Delta Estuary. Working cooperatively, we share information and resources that result in studies, projects, and programs that improve the Estuary and communicate its value and needs to the public. The Association of Bay Area Governments is the home agency for Partnership staff and...
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About Us

The San Francisco Bay-Delta is named in the federal Clean Water Act as one of 28 “estuaries of national significance." For over 20 years, the San Francisco Estuary Partnership has worked together with local communities and federal and state agencies to improve the health of California’s most urbanized estuary.

San Francisco Estuary Partnership 1515 Clay Street, Suite 1400 Oakland, CA 94612 (510) 622-2304

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