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Southern California Environment News
Southern California natural resources face heavy pressure from urban growth and activity. We can all make a difference, wherever we live in the region
BEACH ADVISORIESRain Advisory
A rain advisory is issued anytime there is significant rainfall that may affect bacteria levels in ocean waters. The Department of Health Services recommends that beach users avoid contact with ocean water, especially near flowing storm drains, creeks and rivers for a period of 3 days after rainfall ends.
Beach Closures A beach is closed anytime there is a known sewage or chemical spill impacting ocean waters.
The Southern California Wetlands Recovery Project is a broad-based partnership, chaired by the Resources Agency and supported by the State Coastal Conservancy, that has public agencies, non-profits, scientists, and local communities working cooperatively to acquire and restore rivers, streams, and wetlands in coastal southern California.
The link below leads to a digest of environmental news stories from six local newspapers in the RMC area is prepared approximately weekly.
The digest is compiled from stories that appear in the following newspapers: Long Beach Press-Telegram, Los Angeles Daily News, Pasadena Star-News, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Whittier Daily News, Orange County Register, and Long Beach Gazette (a weekly). All but the Orange County Register and Long Beach Gazette are members of the Los Angeles Newspaper Group and share many stories. Each digest contains a link to the original story on the newspaper's website.
The link below leads to the news page and links provided by California state government covering environmental programs:
The link below leads to The California Ocean and Coastal Environmental Access Network (Cal OCEAN) is a web-based virtual library for the discovery of and access to ocean and coastal data and information from a wide variety of sources and in a range of types and formats.
The Coastal Commission, in partnership with coastal cities and counties, plans and regulates the use of land and water in the coastal zone. Development activities, which are broadly defined by the Coastal Act to include (among others) construction of buildings, divisions of land, and activities that change the intensity of use of land or public access to coastal waters, generally require a coastal permit from either the Coastal Commission or the local government.
The California Coastal Coalition (CalCoast) is a non-profit advocacy group comprised of 35 coastal cities; five counties; AMBAG, BEACON, SANDAG and SCAG; along with business associations and allied groups committed to restoring California's coast through sand replenishment, increasing the flow of natural sediment, wetlands recovery and improved water quality.
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