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Archaeologists Unearth Useful Clues about Land Management

Archaeologists Unearth Useful Clues about Land Management Archaeologist Mark Hylkema. Photo courtesy of Mark Hylkema. Decades ago, after a hit movie featured an adventure-prone archaeologist, the profession suddenly acquired an aura of derring-do. But …

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Benefits Package: Program Eases Commute Expenses and Emissions

The Bay Area Commuter Benefits Program helps workers save on transit costs. Photo by Alec MacDonald. Anyone who’s slogged through Marin County to the Golden Gate Bridge or battled gridlock on the Peninsula’s Highway 101 knows the discomfort of traffic …

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Air Quality Arsenal: Stockpiling Strategies across Sectors

Air Quality Arsenal: Stockpiling Strategies across Sectors This summer, Bay Area residents will have the chance to weigh in on policies that could shape the battle against climate change. How? The Bay Area Air Quality Management District is updating it …

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On the Path to Balanced Watershed Use

On the Path to Balanced Watershed Use Bay Area Ridge Trail Board Member Joel Gartland takes a docent-led bicycle ride in the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission’s Peninsula Watershed, where tight restrictions on public access are in place to prot …

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A Bicycle Built for Two Thousand: Sharing Spreads Across Bay Area

Bikes equipped with GPS will soon debut as part of Bay Bikes, San Mateo’s new bike sharing pilot program. Image courtesy of the City of San Mateo. This spring, the City of San Mateo will distribute 50 royal blue bicycles across 10 to 12 stations within …

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The Cost of Clean Air: Motivation for Minimizing Motor Emissions

The Cost of Clean Air: Motivation for Minimizing Motor Emissions A Clean Air Vehicle decal shows a vehicle has met specified emissions standards. Photo by Alec MacDonald. Over the past five years, drivers on Bay Area roadways may have noticed more and …

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Keeping Waterways Trash-Free

A worker installs a Stormtek connector pipe screen in the catch basin of a street in Sunnyvale. The screen prevents material larger than five millimeters from entering the catch basin’s pipe. This is one way cities can comply with state and regional re …

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Bird’s Eye View: Science from the Sky

Bird’s Eye View: Science from the Sky Scientists used the 23-inch RQ-16A T-Hawk to count birds in Tomales Bay. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Geological Survey. Despite the rising popularity of drones, open spaces haven’t welcomed them with open arms. Whil …

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How Restoring Wetlands Will Prepare Us for Sea Level Rise

Last October, an excavator breached an old levee at Sears Point to initiate restoration of farmland back to tidal marsh. Photo courtesy of Sonoma Land Trust/Corby Hines. After California’s worst drought in 500 years, we’re finally enjoying a rainy wint …

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Ferries Plan Upgrades as Ridership Swells

A San Francisco Bay Ferry vessel departs from the Alameda Main Street Terminal in the Oakland Inner Harbor. Photo by Alec MacDonald. The number of Bay Area residents taking a ferry is rising, an increase that’s likely to continue as operators add new b …

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