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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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Tracking the Transportation Bond: A Study of 2006’s Proposition 1B

Tracking the Transportation Bond: A Study of 2006’s Proposition 1B Proposition 1B, part of California’s largest general obligation bond package ever offered on a single ballot, is closing in on the end of its 10-year lifespan. The 2006 program is poise …

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Weighing the Water Bond: A Study of 2014’s Proposition 1

Weighing the Water Bond: A Study of 2014’s Proposition 1 It’s hard to believe that people still power-wash sidewalks three years into California’s worst drought on record. But it’s even harder to believe that state lawmakers have hardly been better abo …

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Bay Area Monitor History, Part I: Dawn of the Clean Air Era

After the passage of the 1970 Clean Air Act, the League was asked to conduct related outreach by EPA Region 9 Administrator Paul DeFalco, pictured here with his wife Ernestine. She later became editor of the Bay Area Monitor in 1985. Photo courtesy Les …

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A New Sensation

Manylabs supplied Richmond High School students with air quality monitors like this one. Photo by Alec MacDonald. Are you careful about what you put in your body? Do you buy organic fruits and vegetables to avoid pesticide exposure? Do you own a reusab …

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Bay Area Monitor History, Part II: The First Decade

The mid-1970s were times of change for Bay Area car owners. New federal air regulations were beginning to take effect, eliminating leaded gas and prompting a flurry of proposals for vehicle inspection programs (now Smog Check). By the late 1970s, the n …

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Cultivating Water Wisdom: New Ways to Encourage Us to Use Less

California has such a glorious climate that we can usually skip the forecast. Southern California? Mostly nice and sunny. Northern California? Aside from a few furious storms, much the same. But three straight winters of blue sky has been too much of a …

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Safe Harbor: Rigging the Water Trail to Welcome Everyone

Safe Harbor: Rigging the Water Trail to Welcome Everyone Water recreation is a mainstay of Bay Area culture. And it’s about to become even more accessible. The San Francisco Bay Area Water Trail — a network of over 100 launch and landing sites for non- …

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Road Test: Pilot Program to Explore Mileage Fee

Road Test: Pilot Program to Explore Mileage Fee The California Legislature’s new law on road use may eventually lead to drivers paying for how far they travel. Senate Bill 1077, passed on September 29, will create a pilot program to test the potential …

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Monitoring a Microcosm: Study Yields Valuable Air Quality Data

Monitoring a Microcosm: Study Yields Valuable Air Quality Data Most people in the Bay Area have never heard of Forest Knolls, a small unincorporated community nestled in the San Geronimo Valley of western Marin County. However, it serves as a key site …

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