Blog Archives

Wetlands Restoration Helps You!

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Coastal wetlands are disappearing at an alarming rate, despite their importance to ocean and coastal health, humans and the economy. We talk with Megan Cooper, Project Analyst at the State Coastal Conservancy, about how coastal restoration provides benefits to the

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Posted in Climate Change, Drought, Water Pollution, Wetlands

The Ocean Wants You…to join September 20th CA Coastal Cleanup!

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What are you doing Saturday, September 20? You can make a difference and have fun at the same time by joining the California Coastal Cleanup. We talk with Eben Schwartz, marine debris program manager for the California Coastal Commission, who

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Posted in Marine Debris, Water Pollution, Ways to Help the Ocean

The Microbead Dilemma

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Personal care products such as the shampoo, facial cleanser, and even toothpaste you use at home can contribute to a massive plastic pollution problem. We talk with Anna Cummins, Executive Director of The 5 Gyres Institute, who explains the dangers

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Posted in Marine Debris, Water Pollution, Ways to Help the Ocean

Don’t Trash the Beach!

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California’s beaches mean summer fun and beautiful views. The beach is a great place for recreation and relaxation…alone, or with family and friends. We all need to do our part to protect our beaches and coastline. In this report, we

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Posted in Environmental Education, Marine Debris, Ocean Health, Ocean Photography, Water Pollution, Ways to Help the Ocean

Ready, Set, CLEANUP!

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YOU can personally thank the ocean on September 21! Join California’s largest volunteer event with thousands of ocean lovers at the California Coastal Cleanup. Can one day make a difference for a clean ocean and coast? Find out as Eben

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Posted in Marine Debris, Ocean Health, Water Pollution, Ways to Help the Ocean

Should We Fear Red Tides?

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Why did your grandfather tell you to only eat shellfish during months that contained an “r”? This advice that we now know to be myth, comes from the fear of contaminated shellfish from harmful algal blooms (HABs). We talk with

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Posted in Environmental Education, Fishing, Ocean Health, Water Pollution

Tsunami Debris Hits California

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UPDATE! Debris from the March 2011 Japan tsunami is making its way across the ocean and landing along the West Coast. Most recently, the first confirmed debris from the earthquake washed up along California’s north coast. We interviewed Sherry Lippiatt,

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Posted in Marine Debris, Water Pollution

San Clemente Dam Removal

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Since 1921, the Carmel River and its wildlife resources have been impacted by San Clemente Dam. As a result, the Carmel River suffers accelerated erosion, the once vibrant steelhead run has dramatically decreased, and lives and property below the dam

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Posted in Water Pollution, Ways to Help the Ocean

Rain Garden: Slowing Pollution at Its Source

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In spring 2012, the City of Elk Grove, a community just south of Sacramento, California, opened a rain garden that is a magnet for wildlife, prevents pollution from running off into local streams, and an important tool to teach others

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Posted in Water Pollution, Ways to Help the Ocean

California Coastal Cleanup

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Saturday, September 15 is the Annual California Coastal Cleanup Day, the state’s largest volunteer event. In 2011, nearly 72,000 volunteers removed more than 1.3 million pounds of trash and recyclables from California beaches, lakes and waterways. For this year, debris

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Posted in Water Pollution, Ways to Help the Ocean

Pacific Gyre

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The Pacific Gyre is a slowly moving, clockwise spiral of ocean currents. We talked with Marcus Eriksen, the executive director of the 5 Gyres Institute, about ocean gyres and the Pacific Garbage Patch, said to be twice the size of

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Posted in Marine Debris, Water Pollution

Japan Tsunami Marine Debris

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On March 11, 2011, a powerful tsunami hit Japan, destroying cities and villages, and carrying tons of debris out to sea. Ocean currents are projected to carry some of that debris to U.S. shores, including the West Coast. It’s uncertain

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Posted in Marine Debris, Ocean Health, Water Pollution

Thanks for the Beautiful Beaches!

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With Memorial Day Weekend, the “unofficial” start of summer, we highlight ways to thank the ocean for our beautiful beaches. Brian Baird, Assistant Secretary for Ocean and Coastal Policy for the California Natural Resources Agency, discusses everyday actions we can

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Posted in Marine Debris, Water Pollution, Ways to Help the Ocean