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Red balloons released over San Francisco end up in Bay

By Victoria Schlesinger

Rain wasn’t the only thing falling into the Bay yesterday. Some of the 10,000 red balloons released in San Francisco as part of a publicity stunt by a video game company began dropping into the Bay to the disbelief of environmentalists. The company, THQ, said the balloons were meant to simulate part of its...
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Tags: clean water act, pollution, red balloons, , thq, video game company
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Not just fun and games, America’s Cup races have environmental toll

By Alison Hawkes
Not just fun and games, America’s Cup races have environmental toll

The America’s Cup races are two years away, but San Francisco is already bracing for the massive crowds and construction that will accompany the international sailing competition. Among the first items of business is raising $32 million in private funds to pay for police, transportation, and other public services so that public coffers aren’t...
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Young salmon to be saved by underwater disco-ball

By Alison Hawkes

How do you save a young Delta salmon from stronger, hungrier predator fish? The California Department of Water Resources has come up with a novel, disco-ball solution. They’re creating an experimental “bubble barrier” that will shoot out a sheet of bubbles, strobe lights, and sound to deter the young fish from detouring down a...
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Oil spill negligible as grounded barge in SF Bay removed

By Alison Hawkes

A barge that ran aground near San Francisco’s St. Francis Yacht Club has been removed after 15 hours in the mud. A sheen on the water surface — an indication of a spill — has disappeared, assuring investigators that although some fuel leaked, it was negligible. The ship was grounded after bad weather.
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Stuck barge could leak fuel into San Francisco Bay

By Alison Hawkes

A barge ran aground near the SF yacht club on Tuesday morning, raising concerns that 4,800 gallons of fuel could pollute the San Francisco Bay. A double boom was quickly set up around the vessel to contain leaking fuel, a lesson learned from the 2007 wreck of the Cosco Busan. But reports of a...
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Alameda Creek dam policies could decide the foothill yellow-legged frogs’ future

By Vanessa Thill, Bay Nature

Alameda Creek has a few claims to fame: It drains the second-largest watershed feeding San Francisco Bay. It covers a surprising variety of habitats from Sunol Wilderness through Niles Canyon all the way to the urban wilds of Fremont. And every year, determined activists try to help a few migrating steelhead trout find their...
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