The Urban Coast comes to life
November 20, 2009 § 2 Comments
Thursday saw the launch of a new research and policy journal, Urban Coast, put out by my friends and former co-workers at the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Foundation (non-profit arm of the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission) and the newly-formed Center for Santa Monica Bay Studies (a partnership of the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Foundation and Loyola Marymount University). Conceived as a research, peer-reviewed journal by editor Sean Bergquist, the journal stands poised to bring the wealth of scientific research being conducted in our region that addresses local environmental issues to policymakers, regulators, and the many departments and bureaus that manage different aspects of city life – as well as to interested members of the public and others in the scientific community. As Bay Commission Executive Director Shelley Luce said in her address Thursday evening,”we can craft better solutions for the problems we are struggling with” by using this as a forum for dialogue and consensus-building. The inaugural issue looks at water supply, how airborne pollutants get into stormwater and stormwater planning in Ventura County, the threat posed by New Zealand Mud Snails, global warming….check it out!
The Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission is a non-regulatory state entity, a project of the State Water Resources Control Board and the Environmental Protection Agency, and is part of the National Estuary Program. Its board is composed of many local elected officials and agency and nonprofit stakeholders, as well as state and federal stakeholders. It operates to support the goal of environmental health of the Santa Monica Bay through the cooperation and voluntary action of its stakeholders.