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Mar 01
2009

Petaluma River

Posted by Bruce Robinson in wildlife , water , waste , volunteer , transportation , tourism , resources , recreation , policy , parks , nonprofit orgs , history , government , fish , environment , education , conservation , community , birds , activism

Bruce Robinson

The Petaluma River has a long and interesting history, and some new Friends who want to make that history better known.

 

David Yearsley is a co-founder and  Executive Director of the Friends of the Petaluma River, which has the following mission and goals:

Mission: To promote stewardship of the Petaluma River. We work throughout its watershed; providing access opportunities, educational materials, and conservation programs. We also provide a voice for the River's inhabitants and resources in public affairs.


Goals: Access, Education, and Conservation

  • To establish a permanent presence in the watershed; becoming the first non-government organization to work fulltime for the betterment of the Petaluma River and its inhabitants
  • To pursue outreach and educational activities that will foster enthusiasm and commitment in the watershed for long term sustainable stewardship.
  • To monitor conditions and engage in activities that will reduce or prevent pollution and lessen other harmful impacts on the River and its wetlands.
  • To create a River Heritage Center as a community resource. A place to archive information, host events, administer programs, and coordinate river related activities
The Friends have also produced this promotional video explaining their organization and its plans:

[video:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BzK8v6diRv0 300x300] 

For people who want to get a close-up look at the Petaluma River,  Dolphin Charters will again offer their 3 hr. River tours on April 5th, 6th, 11th & 12th aboard the Delphinus (seen at left). To learn more about them, visit Dolphin Charters’ website.

Feb 09
2009

Angel Island Immigration Station

Posted by Bruce Robinson in tourism , rights , recreation , parks , Marin , immigration , history , government , events , education , conservation

Bruce Robinson

 Newly preserved and restored, a rare piece of bay area history reopens for visitors on Sunday.  (See below for details of the reopening day ceremonies)

The federal immigration station on Angel Island, as seen above in 1915,  was reached by a long wooden dock which no longer exists. Most of the other structures remain, with the exception of the main administration building (seen in the left foreground in the photo below), which was partially destroyed by fire in 19xx.  The restored barracks building is on the hill to the right, with the station hospital on the far hill to the left. You can read a much more extensive history of the facility here

One of the interpretive park rangers at Angel Island, Casey Lee, describes and then translates a poem that was carved into the wooden wall in one of the smaller rooms at the Immigration Station barracks. It has been preserved and will now be on public display.

Poetic Waves  is a elegant and detailed website devoted to the poetry of Angel Island.

You can also read a more scholarly article about the carved poetry here.

The Grand Re-Opening of the U.S. Immigration Station at Angel Island will be celebrated on  Sunday, February 15, 2009 with a public Dedication Ceremony at 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. This will be followed by public tours from Noon to 3 p.m. with presentations by storyteller Charlie Chin; performance artist/dancer Melody Takata, ; historical re-enactor Silvia Lange; and museum designer Daniel Quan.

 

Free admission, free tram service on Angel Island, and reduced rates on ferries from San Francisco and Tiburon are available. See schedule below. You must take the 8:45 a.m. ferry from San Francisco or the 8:50 a.m. ferry from Tiburon to attend the Dedication Ceremony. For complete schedule, visit www.aiisf.org.

Tram to U.S. Immigration Station, Angel Island Schedule

Departs Ayala Cove at 10:00 a.m., 11:20 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m.

Trams will depart from the Immigration Station for Ayala Cove every half hour starting at noon. Visitors are encouraged to walk one mile to the U.S. Immigration Station from Ayala Cove as space on the trams is limited. Walk and enjoy the beautiful view of the Sonoma Valley and the Bay.

Visitors with disabilities who need assistance should contact the park in advance at 415-435-5390.

Tiburon Ferry Schedule

Angel Island-Tiburon Ferry, 21 Main St., Tiburon, CA

Depart Tiburon-Arrive at Angel Island, Ayala Cove

Depart - 8:50 a.m., 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.

Depart Angel Island-arrive at Tiburon

Depart 1:20 p.m., 3:20 p.m., and 4:30 p.m.

 

San Francisco Ferry Schedule

San Francisco Blue and Gold Fleet


Depart San Francisco Pier 41-Arrive at Angel Island, Ayala Cove

Depart - 8:45 a.m.- 10:35 a.m., and 1:00 p.m.

Depart Angel Island-arrive at San Francisco Pier 41

Depart 1:30 pm, 3:50 p.m., 4:35 p.m.

 You can check the weather conditions at the Island by looking at the Ayala Cove webcam here.

Feb 02
2009

Drought

Posted by Bruce Robinson in water , tourism , Sonoma , resources , recreation , policy , parks , nonprofit orgs , media , Marin , legislation , jobs , government , food , fish , environment , economy , conservation , community , climate change , business , agriculture

Bruce Robinson

 

 

It's official.  The drought is back, and mandatory cutbacks in water consumption are imminent.

 

Water reserves are at or approaching historic lows in both Lake Mendocino (see at right) and Lake Sonoma. With seasonal rainfall totals  for the year also running well below normal, the outlook is not encouraging.To monitor how conditions are progressing--or not-- you can use this like to see the Sonoma County Water Agency's  graphs of declining water supplies   in Lake Mendocino and Lake Sonoma(pdf).

 

 

 

Amidst all the agricultural and economic impacts of the drought, Dick Butler of the National Marine Fisheries Service pointed out the obvious--that it is also bad news for fish.

 

To help get a jump on the rationing that is almost certainly coming our way, here are the Sonoma County Water Agency's

Top 10 Water Conservation Tips:

  • Reduce outdoor watering by one day a week
  • Find and repair leaks now
  • Inspect and tune-up your sprinkler system monthly
  • Water between midnight and 6:00 a.m. to reduce water loss from evaporation and wind
  • Use a broom, not a hose, to clean your driveway, deck or patio
  • Use a bucket and a hose with an automatic shut-off nozzle when you wash the car, or take your car to a carwash that recycles
  • Cover pools and hot-tubs to reduce evaporation
  • Use front-load washing machines
  • Run the dishwasher and clothes washer with full loads only
  • Prevent and report water waste
Find more water saving suggestions here.

 

Jan 20
2009

State of the County

Posted by Bruce Robinson in transportation , tourism , speaker , Sonoma , resources , public safety , policy , planning , parks , news , legislation , law enforcement , justice , Ideas , housing , healthcare , government , finances , environment , education , economy , construction , conservation , coast , climate change , business , budget , alternative energy , agriculture

Bruce Robinson

The Sonoma County Economic Development Board hosted the 6th annual State of the County breakfast Wednesday morning, with Supervisor Paul Kelley delivering the centerpiece address. KRCB was there to record and bring you his talk.

 

Supervisor Paul Kelley

Dec 14
2008

Sun Dragon

Posted by Bruce Robinson in technology , solar , Sebastopol , resources , parks , government , design , construction , community engagement , climate change , carbon , art , alternative energy

Bruce Robinson

It's name--The Sun Dragon--may not even be the most unusual thing about the newest civic solar installation in Sebastopol.

 

The Sun Dragon's unusual appearance also offers some technical benefits, which Kyes explains in this audio clip.

 

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