"Change is inevitable... Survival is not"

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In this Issue...

Section 1.  SOB Stories

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Section 2. Coastside Living Legacies

Senator Feinstein shares words of rememberence for Flight 93 hero Alan Beaven.
Mrs. FEINSTEIN.
"Madam President, I come to the floor today to honor the heroism of Alan Beaven -- a Californian aboard Flight 93 who helped prevent the terrorists from crashing another airplane into its intended target on September 11, 2001. As we approach the..."  
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The Incredible SOB Story 1
by Oscar Knows

Only a few months have passed since it happened and already I've told the story to practically everyone I know in Half Moon Bay. Katie made me promise to get it down  on paper, and knowing Katie, I'd best keep my promise. Otherwise, she'll badger me until I get it done and published, so here goes -- but this is the last time! Positively the last time!

It happened on January 1, 1997. As in previous years, this New Year's morning brought the annual assessment and subsequent realization that there was definitely more of me to love and behold. Like all compelling issues confronting...

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An Incredible SOB Story 2
by Dennis Moran of the Monterey Herald

Section 3. Watershed Watch

  The SMC RCZ wildland watershed is a State Responsibility Area (SRA) which includes the coastal unincorporated Rural Lands communities with approximately 6,161 residents and is also haven for a variety of habitats which supports"... more

"It is no secret that the San Mateo County (SMC) Rural Coastal Zone (RCZ) stores  the Bay Areas most valuable resources.

February 10, 2002 Monterey CA:  Oscar Knows and his 2nd mate Andy spent all day Saturday kayaking Monterey Bay with internationally  renown marine and wildlife photographer Alan Studley and his 1st mate Patti. Sunday morning breakfast had just been delivered to their hotel room along with  a Sunday edition of the  Monterey Herald. Oscar's eye suddenly  got as big as the fried eggs on his plate.  The  front page headline above the fold declared, " Sewage May Be Harming Otters!" with a photograph  that reminded Captain Knows of his little sentinel friend SOB.  Five years had past since he first met SOB, and now his sentinel message  was being retold by local environmental reporter Dennis Moran of the Monterey Herald. Change is inevitable…survival is not!

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Sewage May Be Harming Sea Otters

Section 4. Save Our Bay!

"Half Moon Bay Coastside Foundation is organized under the California Non-profit Public Benefit Corporation Law for charitable purposes. We are dedicated to the advocacy of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary and a coalition member of the Water Quality Protection Program that endeavors to preserve clean water, marine and watershed resources within its boundaries. The far reach of the Sanctuary borders extends from..."   more

Researchers are starting to compile evidence that land runoff or sewage spills may be harming sea otters, possibly even reducing their numbers. And, the researchers warn, otters are a "sentinel species" that can indicate wider harm done to their environment.A recently completed study, funded by a Pacific Grove sewage-spill fine, found several types of bacteria and parasites in otters that are similar or identical to those that cause gastrointestinal disease in humans. One of the study's authors says it's "highly unlikely" that the bacteria and parasites found in the otters originated in the sea, although researchers say they haven't yet found a "smoking gun" linking the presence of those pathogens in otters to sewage spills or coastal runoff.

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Human gastrointestinal diseases found in species

The study, conducted in 2000-2001 by researchers with the Monterey Bay Aquarium, the state Fish and Game Department's Marine Wildlife Veterinary Care and Research Center in Santa Cruz and the University of California at Davis' School of Veterinary Medicine, analyzed 40 samples of ...

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SMC POLLUTION ALERT

An Incredible SOB Story 3
Article by Maria Alicia Gaura SF Chronicle Staff Writer
mgaura@sfchronicle.com

Mysteries of the Animal World: Sea Otters

Scientists at UC Davis revealed Tuesday that the health of California's sea otter population is even more tenuous than previously thought -- and almost certainly worsened by polluted ocean waters, including contamination from the feces of the ordinary house cat. The most common parasite besieging California sea otters is Toxoplasma gondii, a new study shows, and the otters afflicted with it were four times more likely to die in shark attacks as uninfected animals. The cat is the only animal that sheds Toxoplasma cysts in its feces. "Just like any organism, sea otters can get sick from their environment, and that's what's happening here," said Christine Kreuder, a veterinarian, graduate student of epidemiology at UC Davis and co-author of the groundbreaking study released Tuesday. Unexpectedly, the study also found that -- aside from the parasites, sharks and whirling boat propellers plaguing them -- the otters are suffering from high levels of heart disease.

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Pollution Alert.  San Mateo Environmental Health

 

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"Change is Inevitable... Survival is Not"
HMB Coastside Foundation's California Watershed Posse (Save Our Bay!)
1589 Higgins Canyon Rd. Half Moon Bay CA. 94019   -   Phone: 650-867-5779 Fax: 866-756-3101

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