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Monitor Notes: Shoreline Protection, Climate Care, Senior Mobility, Forever Forest

Welcome to Monitor Notes, a weekly roundup of news items, event announcements, and updates on past Bay Area Monitor articles.


Water Swaps

The San Francisco Regional Water Quality Control Board is proposing changes to the Bay Area’s Water Quality Control Plan to protect our shorelines from sea level rise, storm surges, and flooding. Findings from an October report informed the recommended revisions. The measures target greener, more natural solutions and include: strategic sediment placement to replenish and maintain marshes; changing levee location and configuration so marshes migrate to higher elevations; and positioning gravel in areas that restore and enhance beaches. Read more about proposed policy changes here and then revisit Monitor coverage on wetlands restoration.


Climate Care

Trish Clifford (pictured), a Richmond-based environmental activist, is leading an Environmental Concerns talk organized by the League of Women Voters of Berkeley, Albany, and Emeryville on Monday, February 10 from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at Belmont Village in Albany. Clifford is part of the Alameda County Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL) and leads its alliances and endorsements team. The Alameda CCL is one of hundreds of local chapters building support for climate change action.
Looking for more ways to affect change? The Marin County Sustainability Team is hosting a workshop at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, February 12 at Marin Center’s Exhibit Hall. The team wants to hear from residents as it embarks on an update to the county’s climate action plan. RSVP here.


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Mobility Options

Is your county an age-friendly place to get around? The Sonoma County Area Agency on Aging (AAA) is taking steps to see how the jurisdiction stacks up. It’s hosting community meetings in February and March to gain feedback about improving transportation for adults age 60 and over and people with disabilities. How easily can they get around in Sonoma County? Do they skip trips because they lack transportation? Residents may share their experiences by attending upcoming meetings. The first one is February 19 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. in Petaluma. To register, call (707) 565-5903 or email [email protected] Community responses will feed into the county’s “Connected Communities” transportation study.


In Your Neck of the Woods

Save the Redwoods League is buying Cascade Creek, a 564-acre canyon that’s home to one hundred acres of ancient redwood trees in the Santa Cruz Mountains. The property is between Big Basin Redwoods and Año Nuevo state parks, and will create a continuous protected redwood habitat that extends to the Pacific Ocean. The acquisition rests on the League raising $9.6 million by May 30. It’s amassed $8.6 million toward that goal. Cascade Creek is considered one of the flagship projects of “Forever Forest,” a six-year effort launched by the League mapping a path to protect California’s redwood forests. Climb a 2018 Monitor article about redwoods and climate change for more redwoods preservation perspective.


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