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No, it's not my Bay, that would be Monterey Bay, but it's our Bay. The San Francisco Bay is the outlet for the whole Central Valley and two rivers which may not look mighty on your world map but which deliver (where's my California Rivers book? It's usually right here) astonishing amounts of water. The Delta system begins at the bay (or ends there, depending on how you look at it)and involves most of that Great Valley (the geologists seem to always call it that instead of Central). The habitat of the Bay is a complicated, beautiful intersection of plant and animal communities, so rich in past times that people could live on a couple of hours' work each day lifting fish and invertebrates right out of the water.

More than you hoped to know about the San Francisco Bay oil spill can be found here.

Baykeepers and their calls for volunteers can be found here.

Date: 2007-11-12 02:47 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] adrian-turtle.livejournal.com
Thanks for posting about this. I hadn't known anything about it. At first I wondered how I could not have noticed a story like that, even when I wasn't paying very much attention to national news...but I checked back and the Boston Globe hasn't reported on it at all. Weird. I hope your Bay makes a quick and complete recovery.

Date: 2007-11-12 04:53 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ritaxis.livejournal.com
It happens every time. Some guy tries to make a statement with Lite-Brites and the shit hits the fan. Let a ship smack into the bridge and spill oil all over the bay and you never hear a word.

Date: 2007-11-12 11:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mjlayman.livejournal.com
I just heard about it on the news today, too. Admittedly, I'm two weeks behind on the WashPost, so it may be there, but it wasn't on the TV.

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