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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.
NOAA 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.
California officials said salmon fishing in the Central Valley will be limited this year to a small stretch of the Sacramento River.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Unfazed by the sounds of other whales and clanging pipes, two wayward humpbacks will next encounter the spray of fire hoses, which scientists hope will herd them back toward the ocean.
Scientists hope recordings of orcas attacking a mother whale and her calf will persuade a pair of ailing humpbacks meandering in a freshwater river to head back toward the ocean.
Hope dimmed Wednesday for two lost, wounded whales as scientists spotted the humpbacks wildly slapping their tails on the water in possible distress as they lingered far from their ocean home.
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