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Monitor Notes: Dredging, Clean Air Centers, Housing Inequality


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


Monitor Report: Dredging Up an Ecosystem

Dredge operating at the entrance to the Richmond harbor. Photo: Hannah Mittelstadt, USGS

While covering a large area, San Francisco Bay is on average less than three meters deep at low tide, so navigation channels, ports, harbors, and marinas are dredged on a regular basis to maintain the Bay as a major maritime hub. In fact, approximately 3 million cubic yards of materials are dredged annually from the Bay.

Because the Bay is the largest Pacific estuary in the Americas and home to numerous endangered species and delicate habitats, it is certainly worthwhile to explore how dredging is done in the Bay and what kinds of ecological effects there are.

Read more from Allison Kidder at the Bay Area Monitor.


News and Events from Around the Bay


Clean Air Centers Webinar

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District is reopening their Clean Air Centers Program to public solicitation. The program provides funding for services like portable air filters, and to improve ventilation systems to create a network of clean air centers across communities most affected by pooer air quality and wildfire smoke. To help inform the public on the program, the Air District will be holding an informational webinar on June 28th. Attend the virtual meeting here.

For more information on the Clean Air Centers Program, read “A Space To Breathe,” from Leslie Stewart for the Monitor.


Addressing America’s Housing Problems

In her book Fixer Upper: How to Restore America’s Broken Housing Systems, Jenny Schuetz addresses a central theme often overlooked in housing discussions across the country: The systems were constructed to be fundamentally unequal in nature. Next week, SPUR will be hosting Schuetz to discuss her book and how to create pathways to more equitable solutions to America’s housing systems.

Register here.


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