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Neighborhood Water Watch

Neighborhood Water Watch It feels so wrong when we see it — water shooting out of a broken pipe, spraying all over the sidewalk, or streaming down the gutter — and it feels worse than ever now that California has ordered cities to cut water use collect …

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Region Readies for Transportation and Housing Plan Update

Bay Area residents had the opportunity to discuss Plan Bay Area 2040 at interactive open houses in April and May. Photo by Noah Berger. Planning officials will soon weigh public input gathered at spring open houses promoting Plan Bay Area 2040, the upd …

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Clip and Chip: An Alternative to Burning Agricultural Waste

Clip and Chip: An Alternative to Burning Agricultural Waste Scenic vineyards offer relaxing outings in more rural parts of the Bay Area, while orchards supply farmers markets with fruit and offer families pick-your-own opportunities. Restaurants revel …

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Bay Area Open Space Council Commemorates a Quarter Century

Bay Area Open Space Council Commemorates a Quarter Century More than 400 “outside voices” gathered inside the Craneway Pavilion in Richmond, on May 14, to participate in the 2015 Open Space Conference and celebrate the 25th anniversary of the event’s h …

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Reckoning with Responsibility in Dry Times: A Personal Water Story

Reckoning with Responsibility in Dry Times: A Personal Water Story Ten years ago, I received a letter from the City of Fairfield notifying me of an unwelcome distinction: my household was one of the biggest water users in town — a “Top Ten Percenter,” …

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Four for the Fortieth

It’s official — the Bay Area Monitor is 40 years old. We reached that milestone in May. Leading up to this landmark anniversary, we’ve run a series of articles chronicling the publication’s history, starting with its launch to address issues related to …

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Data-Driven: Regulators Monitor Air Quality Near Roadways

Data-Driven: Regulators Monitor Air Quality Near Roadways A seemingly endless network of asphalt offers drivers the mobility to roam all across the Bay Area. But that freedom comes at the expense of others — residents stuck choking on the noxious fumes …

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Budgetary Boost: Cap-and-Trade Revenue Tabbed for Transit

Budgetary Boost: Cap-and-Trade Revenue Tabbed for Transit Fed up with a lack of affordable housing options near public transit, or long bus headways during commutes? Your frustrations may soon ease, thanks to new investments in California’s aging trans …

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A Highly Flammable Situation: Crude Oil Rolls into the Region

A Highly Flammable Situation: Crude Oil Rolls into the Region On May 31, 2014, some 60 people gathered at the gates of a rail yard on Richmond’s industrial edge, protesting “bomb trains.” Trains handled there by energy company Kinder Morgan hold crude …

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Taking Stock of the Water Supply

The Bay Area’s extensive water supply system includes a wide variety of hydrologic features, such as San Pablo Reservoir in the East Bay. Photo by Alec MacDonald. Water. It flows out of the tap every time we want, cool, clear, and clean. We take it for …

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