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2008-11-12 21:00:08

The Department of Water Resources (DWR) and U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) are set to begin the largest-ever environmental experiment to track juvenile salmon in the Delta. Beginning Friday, November 14, DWR and USGS scientists will release the first of 6,000 tagged juvenile salmon into the Sacramento River at Old Sacramento. Scientists will track their migration through the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta over the next three months using unmanned, robotic boats and electronic gear. The data...

2008-10-13 06:00:27

By Brent Ainsworth Fire erupted on the slopes of Angel Island on Sunday night, prompting fire crews from several Marin County agencies and United States Coast Guard personnel to be dispatched to the state park in San Francisco Bay. At 11:35 p.m., the fire was estimated at 75 to 100 acres by Marin County Fire Department's public information officer Mike Giannini. "That number will change as we move through the evening," Giannini said. The island is 240 acres. Giannini said 10 to 12...

2008-10-09 06:00:23

By Mike Taugher Staff Writer HAYWARD -- A backhoe clawed through a dirt berm Wednesday, creating a channel that Bay water poured through to former industrial salt ponds that had not tasted tidal waters for more than a century. With the dirt berm removed, the Mount Eden Creek will spill into the former salt ponds on high tides and returning life to one rich shoreline wetlands. Mudflats will form. Pickleweed should start growing and eventually birds, fish and mammals, including...

2008-09-26 06:00:19

By Mike Taugher Shell Oil Co. has agreed to pay more than $300,000 in fees and penalties for spilling about 420 gallons of oil into Carquinez Strait at its Martinez refinery in January 2006. No injuries were reported at the time and no dead wildlife were found, though the spill did foul the marina and some boats. "It's something we wish didn't happen and we have taken all steps to make sure it doesn't happen again," said Shell spokesman Steve Lesher, who also apologized to boat owners...

2008-09-16 21:00:16

By Chris Treadway The International Coastal Cleanup on Saturday is a chance to join volunteers at area shoreline sites as part of the largest volunteer event of its kind in the world. According to sponsoring organization Ocean Conservancy, 378,000 volunteers from 76 countries and 45 states took part last year, clearing 6 million pounds of garbage from oceans and waterways. Events cover most of the East Bay shoreline from Emeryville to Richmond and spots farther north; organizers say the...

2008-08-28 21:00:20

By Anonymous A smoky fire burned underbrush and eucalyptus trees on the San Francisco side of Yerba Buena Island below the Bay Bridge Thursday afternoon, creating a grayish-brown haze that settled over much of downtown and West Oakland. The blaze broke out just after 2 p.m. The California Highway Patrol closed one lane of bridge traffic in each direction so fire crews could gain access to the island to fight the fire, said spokesman Shawn Chase. Fireboats quickly responded and sprayed...

2008-08-27 12:01:29

By Chris Treadway Two new benches have been added to Point Isabel Regional Shoreline, the popular dog park at the foot of Central Avenue in Richmond. The current issue of the Pido Pointer, the newsletter of the Point Isabel Dog Owners and Friends group, notes that one bench honors the memory of Sgt. Darryl Tsujimoto, who led the K9 unit of the San Francisco Police Department. Tsujimoto was 41 when he collapsed and died of a heart attack during a 2006 canine training exercise on Treasure...

2008-08-14 00:00:24

By Samantha Young The Associated Press SACRAMENTO - Sen. Dianne Feinstein on Tuesday pressed California lawmakers to set aside ideological differences and put a water measure on the November ballot, saying upgrading the state's aging water system is an urgent priority. California's senior senator told Sacramento business leaders that it was critical for members of her own party to drop their long- standing opposition to new dams. A $9.3 billion water bond she negotiated with Gov....

2008-08-03 21:00:11

By Shaun Bishop In addition, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was expected to have begun sucking dredge material from the waters in the Port of Redwood City and piping it onto Bair Island. But bids for the contract to remove about 300,000 cubic yards of silt from the port came back at about $3 million -- more than what the corps budgeted for the project, said Joel Pliskin, the agency's project manager. A request for more funding is working its way through congressional committees as...

2008-08-01 06:00:22

By M.S. Enkoji, The Sacramento Bee, Calif. Aug. 1--Recreational boaters who were set to pay as much as $1,500 in annual fees for a federal environmental permit were spared this week. A federal ruling filed last year on a California lawsuit said all sailing vessels should be required to participate in a permit process designed to control the influx of foreign marine life. The permit process was aimed largely at cargo ships, but the ruling said small motorboats, kayaks and other...


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  • A 'bachelor seal'; a young male seal which is prevented from mating by its herd's older males (mated bulls defending their territory).
This comes from the Russian word for 'bachelors.'
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