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The Microbead Dilemma

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President Obama signed a bipartisan bill that prohibits selling and distributing products containing microbeads. Personal care products such as the shampoo, facial cleanser and even toothpaste you use at home can contribute to a massive plastic pollution problem. We talk

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Trashy Fun!

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A million pounds of debris collected in just three hours—this year, let’s make it more! With 850 cleanup sites around the state, there’s no reason why everyone can’t take part in the California Coastal Cleanup on Saturday, September 19.Thousands of

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Don’t Trash the Beach!

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California’s beaches mean summer fun and beautiful views. The beach is a great place for recreation and relaxation…alone, or with family and friends. We all need to do our part to protect our beaches and coastline. In this report, we

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Storm Water Runoff

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Would you want to swim in automobile oil and cigarette butts? Surf in lawn pesticides and floating trash? Storm water runoff carries chemicals and waste into the ocean, causing some coastal areas to post access warnings after major rainstorms. We

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The Ocean Wants You…to join September 20th CA Coastal Cleanup!

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What are you doing Saturday, September 20? You can make a difference and have fun at the same time by joining the California Coastal Cleanup. We talk with Eben Schwartz, marine debris program manager for the California Coastal Commission, who

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Ready, Set, CLEANUP!

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YOU can personally thank the ocean on September 21! Join California’s largest volunteer event with thousands of ocean lovers at the California Coastal Cleanup. Can one day make a difference for a clean ocean and coast? Find out as Eben

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Should We Fear Red Tides?

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Why did your grandfather tell you to only eat shellfish during months that contained an “r”? This advice that we now know to be myth, comes from the fear of contaminated shellfish from harmful algal blooms (HABs). We talk with

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Tsunami Debris Hits California

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UPDATE! Debris from the March 2011 Japan tsunami is making its way across the ocean and landing along the West Coast. Most recently, the first confirmed debris from the earthquake washed up along California’s north coast. We interviewed Sherry Lippiatt,

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San Clemente Dam Removal

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Since 1921, the Carmel River and its wildlife resources have been impacted by San Clemente Dam. As a result, the Carmel River suffers accelerated erosion, the once vibrant steelhead run has dramatically decreased, and lives and property below the dam

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Rain Garden: Slowing Pollution at Its Source

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In spring 2012, the City of Elk Grove, a community just south of Sacramento, California, opened a rain garden that is a magnet for wildlife, prevents pollution from running off into local streams, and an important tool to teach others

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California Coastal Cleanup

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Saturday, September 15 is the Annual California Coastal Cleanup Day, the state’s largest volunteer event. In 2011, nearly 72,000 volunteers removed more than 1.3 million pounds of trash and recyclables from California beaches, lakes and waterways. For this year, debris

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Pacific Gyre

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The Pacific Gyre is a slowly moving, clockwise spiral of ocean currents. We talked with Marcus Eriksen, the executive director of the 5 Gyres Institute, about ocean gyres and the Pacific Garbage Patch, said to be twice the size of

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Japan Tsunami Marine Debris

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On March 11, 2011, a powerful tsunami hit Japan, destroying cities and villages, and carrying tons of debris out to sea. Ocean currents are projected to carry some of that debris to U.S. shores, including the West Coast. It’s uncertain

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Thanks for the Beautiful Beaches!

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With Memorial Day Weekend, the “unofficial” start of summer, we highlight ways to thank the ocean for our beautiful beaches. Brian Baird, Assistant Secretary for Ocean and Coastal Policy for the California Natural Resources Agency, discusses everyday actions we can

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Decommissioning Oil and Gas Rigs

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Skyli McAfee, Executive Director of the California Ocean Science Trust, offers a perspective on decommissioning oil and gas rigs that sit off the coast of California. (Photo credit: Platform Irene, North of Point Arguello: Linda Snook) For more information, visit:

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Oil Spills in San Francisco Bay: Preparing a Better Response

This Thank You Ocean Report highlights excerpts from the “Oil Spills in San Francisco Bay: Preparing a Better Response” conference sponsored by the San Francisco Estuary Partnership on May 11, 2010. For more information, visit: San Francisco Estuary Partnership  

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Gulf Oil Spill

On April 22, 2010 the Transocean Deepwater Horizon drilling rig sank 130 miles southeast of New Orleans. On this report you will learn how you can find current information on the spill and how you can help. (Photo credit: U.S.

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The Ocean and Rain

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This winter NOAA is predicting greater rainfall than normal. On this report, we ask the question: How does rainfall affect the ocean? Bridget Hoover, Director of the Water Quality Protection Program for the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, describes how

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ACID TEST: The Global Challenge of Ocean Acidification

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ACID TEST, a film produced by the Natural Resources Defense Council, was made to raise awareness about the largely unknown problem of ocean acidification, which poses a fundamental challenge to life in the seas and the health of the entire

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Ocean Protection Council

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The mission of the Ocean Protection Council is to insure that California maintains healthy, resilient, and productive ocean and coastal ecosystems for the benefit of current and future generations. Learn more about the OPC from California Secretary for Natural Resources

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