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SPAWN to study Lagunitas Creek flows

07/06/2017
The Salmon Protection and Watershed Network is collaborating with a University of California, Berkeley professor on a new study focusing on how releases from Peters Dam influence floodplain areas important to endangered coho salmon and threatened steelhead trout. The dam crosses Lagunitas Creek at Kent Lake, the largest and newest...

Trump budget cuts funding for RCD program

07/06/2017
A key conservation program in the Tomales Bay watershed could be set back significantly if Congress approves the Trump administration’s proposed 2018 fiscal year budget this fall. The Marin Resource Conservation District has undertaken scores of projects at nearly two dozen ranches and dairies aimed at reducing runoff into the...

Activists fired up over bill that would expand wireless

07/06/2017
A dozen or so people shuffled into the Bolinas Commons last week for a presentation from the Ecological Options Network, a Bolinas-based activist group that often focuses on electromagnetic radiation. Popcorn was passed around during a presentation led by Mary Beth Brangan, co-director of EON. The group of majority elders...

Ag values down, organic milk up

06/29/2017
Marin County’s agriculture commissioner last week presented his annual crop and livestock report to the Board of Supervisors, flagging a downward trend in the value of cattle, hay, fruit, vegetables and aquaculture but a steady value for milk, which accounted for 45 percent of the total gross value of agriculture...

Drakes Estero project sparked investigations

06/29/2017
Numerous allegations made by a former employee tasked with helping remove the aquaculture debris and defunct oyster racks from Drakes Estero led the Department of the Interior’s Office of the Inspector General late last year to request the National Park Service to investigate the project. Though the status of that...

In a surveyors’ stockpile, clues to West Marin’s past

06/29/2017
Historian Dewey Livingston first became aware of the mysterious “Grippi Tube 18” map after reading a book by his predecessor, Jack Mason, over 30 years ago. Mr. Mason mentioned it in a footnote while discussing Charles Webb Howard’s desire to split up the ranches on the Point Reyes Peninsula, but...

Fully funded, Nicasio internet project set to go

06/29/2017
Nicasio is getting wired in. Residents successfully raised the funds required to match a state grant, and fiber-optic internet services are expected to be available to about 220 residences and businesses by the end of the year. The announcement is a victory for the Nicasio Landowners Association, which partnered with...

Dismay over removal of Point Reyes picnic tables

06/29/2017
Last Friday offered a typical scene at the town commons in Point Reyes Station: at the Little Yellow House, teenagers were flipping pancakes to benefit the Tomales Bay Youth Center, neighbors greeted each other as they strolled down the path and bicycles were propped against any available wall. It was...

County supervisors approve 2017-2018 budget

06/29/2017
Sea-level rise planning, mental-health services and road repairs are a few of the highlights in the county’s 2017–2018 budget. The Board of Supervisors adopted the $555 million budget last week, the second year of a two-year budget that Supervisor Dennis Rodoni called “a relatively conservative budget that’s balanced and well...

Public comment period opens for review of marine sanctuaries

06/29/2017
The federal government is moving swiftly on an executive order that mandates a comprehensive review of marine sanctuaries and monuments designated or expanded in the last decade, including the Greater Farallones and Cordell Bank. This Monday began a 30-day public comment period to inform the Commerce Department’s review of a...

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