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2009-06-17 12:15:00

When a swarm of hundreds of small to moderate earthquakes erupted beneath California's Salton Sea in March, sending spasms rumbling across the desert floor, it set off more than just seismometers. It also raised the eyebrows of quite a few concerned scientists. The reason: lurking underground, just a few kilometers to the northeast, lays a sleeping giant: the 160-kilometer-(100-mile) long southern segment of the notorious 1,300-kilometer- (800-mile) long San Andreas fault. Scientists were...

2009-06-11 13:29:00

The Bay Institute's Acquisition Transforms Financially Successful Aquarium of the Bay Into a Nonprofit Center for Science, Education and Conservation for San Francisco Bay SAN FRANCISCO, June 11 /PRNewswire/ -- The Bay Institute today announced the successful culmination of its four-year effort to acquire Aquarium of the Bay, the first step towards transforming the financially successful Aquarium into a self-supporting, nonprofit center for education, science and conservation of the San...

2009-05-16 14:34:37

Biologists say they're using sound, bright lights and bubbles to keep baby salmon from being sucked into pumps on California's San Joaquin River. The pumps divert water from the southern Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta for use on farmland and for drinking water for 25 million Californians, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Saturday. The $1 million project is the latest attempt to save baby salmon en route to the sea and also could aid threatened delta smelt, said Jerry Johns, deputy...

2009-05-09 13:25:43

California officials have asked the federal government to review rules that reduced water exports from the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta to protect a fish. In a letter to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the state Department of Water Resources said the water pumps that direct water to two-thirds of California may not be as harmful to the endangered delta smelt fish as thought, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Saturday. The newspaper reported that pumping restrictions were imposed...

2009-04-07 16:16:20

A Pacific gray whale that spent 26 days delighting onlookers in San Diego Bay has apparently left the city to return to the ocean, officials said. An official at the San Diego Maritime Museum said Monday marked the second day without a sighting of the whale, named Diego, and the water mammal was last spotted close to the open ocean Saturday, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported Tuesday. We're hoping (Diego) went back home where he belongs, said Robyn Gallant, the museum's director of public...

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2009-04-07 08:46:43

California's two lengthiest rivers have been labeled the United States' most endangered watercourses from archaic water supervision and subpar flood preparation, states an environmental advocacy group. American Rivers chose the Sacramento and the San Joaquin Rivers as their end might jeopardize the water supply of 25 million Californians, flood Sacramento, and spoil the fragile freshwater delta where the two rivers meet. "The health of the delta depends directly on maintaining the health of...

2009-03-06 16:37:00

WASHINGTON, March 6 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- John Joseph Cota, a California ship pilot, pleaded guilty today to negligently causing the discharge of approximately 53,000 gallons of oil into San Francisco Bay in violation of the Oil Pollution Act of 1990, a law enacted in the wake of the Exxon Valdez disaster. Cota, who piloted the M/V Cosco Busan when it hit the San Francisco Bay Bridge on Nov. 7, 2007, also pleaded guilty today to violation of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act for the death...

2009-02-10 12:38:00

World Premiere of Documentary by David McGuire Highlights Aquarium of the Bay's Landmark Sevengill Shark Research Program SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Joining a prestigious lineup of ocean and environmentally-conscious films, "City of the Shark" will premiere at the 2009 San Francisco Ocean Film Festival on Saturday, February 21. The short documentary, created by Bay Area filmmaker and shark conservationist David McGuire, will debut during a special block of shark-focused films....

2009-01-27 10:51:00

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Little has been known about the enigmatic shark species living beneath the waves of the San Francisco Bay ... until now. Aquarium of the Bay is pleased to announce the release of "City of the Shark," a mini-documentary by local filmmaker and shark conservationist David McGuire. "The San Francisco Bay is an incredibly diverse estuary ecosystem that includes several shark species that swim just footsteps from the shore, but we are often unaware...

2008-11-14 15:00:14

California Department of Water Resources (DWR) and U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) scientists today began a comprehensive three-month study of salmon migration through the Delta. Data gathered from the study will help agencies better manage the Delta ecosystem while enhancing habitat for salmon and other protected species and providing a scientific foundation for water policy, ecosystem, and salmon fishery decision makers. "Ultimately, with the data collected from this study, we hope to find...


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