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2008-06-24 21:02:20

By Mike Taugher, Contra Costa Times, Walnut Creek, Calif. Jun. 24--Staff Writer Five members of Congress from Northern California fired a warning shot Tuesday across the bow of a swift-moving plan that calls for a controversial aqueduct to deliver water around the Delta as its centerpiece. The letter accuses the federal regulatory agencies that must approve the plan of failing to protect Delta fisheries in the past and pointedly asks for assurances that the latest plan to save the...

2008-06-22 03:00:12

By Anonymous ECOLOGY Imagine if someone put a superhighway through Yosemite National Park. That is exactly what is happening just outside California's Golden Gate, asserts Robert Ovetz, executive director of Seaflow: Protect Our Living Oceans, Sausalito, Calif. "Our Yosemites on the sea are being used as on-ramps to the global economy and, as long as this continues, we can expect more and worse Cosco Busan spills." (On Nov. 7, 2007, in a heavy fog, the 900-foot container ship Cosco Busan...

2008-06-18 18:00:19

By Matt Weiser, The Sacramento Bee, Calif. Jun. 18--State water officials will host three town hall meetings on Delta issues next week, with the aim of helping the public understand the many studies and programs under way to correct ecological and water delivery problems in the estuary, the largest on the West Coast of the Americas. Programs involving the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta include the governor's Delta Vision Blue Ribbon Task Force, the Bay-Delta Conservation Plan, emergency...

2008-06-18 09:00:36

By Paul T. Rosynsky, The Oakland Tribune, Calif. Jun. 18--Quarter-sized tar balls and an oil sheen were found along a half-mile stretch of Crown State Memorial Beach Park in Alameda on Tuesday, forcing closure of the park and shoreline and prompting a multi-agency investigation into the cause. Beachgoers began reporting the tar balls and oil sheen about 12:45 p.m. Crews from at least three agencies responded, and they immediately posted notices closing the park, officials said. Many...

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2008-05-12 14:40:00

Concerns remain with continuing chemical inputsNOAA scientists today released a 20-year study showing that environmental laws enacted in the 1970s are having a positive effect on reducing overall contaminant levels in coastal waters of the U.S. However, the report points to continuing concerns with elevated levels of metals and organic contaminants found near urban and industrial areas of the coasts."It's interesting to note that pesticides, such as DDT, and industrial chemicals, such as...

2008-05-10 03:00:14

California officials said salmon fishing in the Central Valley will be limited this year to a small stretch of the Sacramento River. New rules adopted Friday by the California Fish and Game Commission are designed to protect fall-run Chinook, which are expected to be at a record low this year, the Sacramento Bee reported. All ocean fishing for Chinook salmon has been halted in California this year but the state will allow limited recreational fishery on the Sacramento River between the Red...

2007-11-08 12:00:00

A cargo ship collision with the Bay Bridge on Wednesday leaked 58,000 gallons of oil into San Francisco Bay, the largest oil spill inside the bay in at least a decade. Throughout the day, U.S. Coast Guard crewsworked to surround the spill with floating boom, removing at least 8,000 gallons with skimmer ships and absorbent pads, said spokesman U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class Michael Anderson. "The Coast Guard is committed to protecting the environment. We are deploying all available...

2007-11-08 09:00:31

By Paul Rogers Cargill Salt has agreed to pay $228,000 to settle charges that it violated state water pollution laws last year after spilling 218,000 gallons of toxic brine into the marshes along San Francisco Bay near Fremont. The toxic spill, Cargill's sixth in or around the Bay since 1999, killed fish and plants in the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge. The spill occurred on Aug. 3, 2006. That morning, a Cargill employee began pumping bittern, a byproduct of...

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2007-05-31 14:55:00

SAN FRANCISCO -- Scientists observing the wayward wanderings of two humpback whales in a California river have more to celebrate than their return to the Pacific Ocean - the duo provided an unexpected opportunity to study the endangered species. The information scientists gathered includes sound recordings, logs of their behavior and tissue samples from both the mother and calf, which will be analyzed to determine whether they come from a pod of whales that travel between Mexico and...

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2007-05-29 10:11:10

BENICIA, Calif. -- Two whales lost in the Sacramento River once again halted near a busy bridge, a day after making considerable progress in their quest to return to the Pacific Ocean. Though they have stopped in a relatively narrow section of the river for the past week, the whales stopped Monday in a much wider waterway teeming with ship traffic. The shift came after an encouraging spurt in which the pair traveled about 24 miles in 24 hours. "Right now they are meandering, but we're hoping...


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baudekin
  • A rich embroidered or brocaded silk fabric woven originally with a warp of gold thread.
'Baudekin' seems to be an alternative form of 'baldachin,' from the Italian 'Baldacco,' Baghdad, the city where the material was made.
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