Alameda Floating Homes Get Rent Control

Residents of the Barnhill Marina floating homes community reached out to the city of Alameda earlier this month after being told their rent could be hiked at least 30% by the harbor’s new owner. The marina had long been owned by the Barnhill family. Its patriarch, Audley Vernon “Barney” Barnhill,...

Bay Cleanup Makes a Difference

About 20 people attended the May 1 Bay cleanup sponsored by 13-year old Oscar Melet of Gate 6 ½. Oscar’s mom, Nikki, reported that the group retrieved a large tarpaulin, styrofoam, ChapStick, a pill bottle and more. “We noticed there was way less trash than last year,” she pointed out...

County Considers Reusable Foodware Ordinance Apr 19

David Moreno of Main Dock passes along the news that on April 19, the Marin County Board of Supervisors will have their first hearing and vote on a draft ordinance addressing reusable foodware. A final adoption vote is scheduled for May 10. If adopted, the ordinance will: Replace single-use plastic packaging...

The Fabulous Houseboats of Dal Lake

The more we learn about other floating home communities around the world, the more we realize what similar challenges we all face. The BBC has posted a short documentary on Dal Lake in the Kashmir region of northern India, where thousands of residents live on 910 houseboats. One Indian official...

Use BioBags for Your Food Scraps

Did you know you can line the compost pail in your kitchen with BioBag compostable bags (or other compostable liners) to simplify transport and cleaning? Bagging green waste in compostable materials also keeps the collection bins cleaner and reduces odors. Collection bins in Sausalito and Marin City are serviced by...

Otters Popping Up all Over

“After Decades Away, River Otters Make a Triumphant Return to the Bay Area” reported Bay Nature Magazine in 2016. Writer Kat McGown reported: “the fact that otters are back in the Bay Area of their own accord without any reintroduction program to help them looks like a reason to declare...

Annual Closure for Richardson Bay Bird Sanctuary

From October 1 of this year to March 31 of next year, approximately 900 acres of Richardson Bay waters will be closed to all boat traffic—including paddle boards, kayaks, and canoes. The annual closure creates a sanctuary for tens of thousands of migratory ducks, geese, and shorebirds while they refuel...

High–Efficiency Toilet Rebates Available

According to HGTV,  California has limited toilet flushes to a mere 1.28 gallons per flush. That limit is now the standard for the current generation of “high-efficiency” toilets (HET) that earn a WaterSense certification from the EPA. The Marin Municipal Water District is encouraging customers to replace old toilets with new...