Measure AA Seeks Parcel Tax for Wetlands Projects

May 25, 2016

  One thing that all nine Bay Area Counties have in common is a portion of the shoreline around the Bay. So they are also sharing in the electoral decision to be made on Measure AA in California’s June Primary.

There are seven members on the Governing Board of the San Francisco Bay Restoration Authority, but none are from the North Bay, which heightens the accountability concerns of Dan Drummond, Executive Director of the Sonoma County Taxpayers Association.

Tiffany Camhi

A proposed runway extension of Marin County’s only public airport may be closer to reality after the Federal Aviation Administration approved a revised plan this week. KRCB’s Tiffany Camhi reports the expansion idea was first proposed more than a decade ago.


Discovering the New Laguna Discovery Trail

Apr 21, 2016
Bruce Robinson, KRCB

  Just in time for Earth Day, a new public trail near Rohnert Park shows visitors how ecological restoration unfolds over time, as pasture and grasslands are gradually converted back to a stretch of riparian forest.

It may not be apparent to casual visitors, says Laguna Foundation Executive Director Munroe, but the replantings and other ecological restoration efforts along the new Discovery Trail represent hundreds of hours of work, in a project that will remain ongoing for several more years.

Ballot Measure Eyed for Wetlands Restoration

Jan 12, 2016
Save the Bay

  The price for restoring thousands of acres of wetlands around San Francisco Bay runs into many millions of dollars. But the costs of not doing that work could be even greater. 

Placing the proposed parcel tax on the ballot in June, not November, is a decision based on careful political consideration, explains Sam Schuchat, Executive Officer of the California Coastal Conservancy.

With a secure source for major funding, the trend toward larger wetland restoration projects could be continued and expanded, suggests Letitia Grenier, from the San Francisco Estuary Institute.

Wetlands as a Hedge Against Sea Level Rise

Jan 11, 2016
San Francisco Estuary Institute

  Human actions around San Francisco Bay have resulted in the loss of two-thirds of the wetlands that once existed there. Restoring some of those areas can help offset the impacts of sea level rise, but it’s a big, complex and expensive job. 

   The North Bay area can play a large part in future efforts to recreate extensive natural wetlands to help protect the greater Bay Area from rising sea levels, says Letitia Grenier from the San Francisco Estuary Institute.

Busy Times for Sonoma Land Trust

Dec 21, 2015
The California Coastal Records Project

  With three major projects wrapping up in 2015, the Sonoma Land Trust is looking ahead to more in the New Year, including a celebration of the organization’s 40th anniversary.

The video below describes and explains the Sears Point wetlands conversion project in greater detail.

Graton Tribe Wins Wetland Grant

Mar 6, 2014

  The Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria were one of ten recipients in a recent round of wetlands grants from the US Environmental Protection Agency. Today, Bruce Robinson talks with a pair of tribal representatives to find out how they’ll be using their share of the one and a half million dollars in grant funds.

Egrets and Herons

Apr 22, 2013
Gordon Sherman, courtesy of Audubon Canyon Ranch

Egrets and herons were nearly driven to extinction by fashionable hatmakers more than a century ago. Today they are a popular symbol of wildlife conservation. Bruce Robinson talks with a scientist who studies them.