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Jul 01 2020 - 12:00 PM
Daily News From Around the World: 7/1/20

In recognition of cancer season and the current reckoning with society’s foundations, today’s headlines look at the English-speaking coastal areas of North America, or Turtle Island. All along the continent’s perimeter, wildlife and people are facing environmental and public health dangers, from heavy rains that diminish water quality to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. These headlines are curated from the map view of front pages curated by Indigenous Territory names and Treaty information are taken from the Native Land map.

“Mexico Beach FL Sky & White Sand Beach 2011 Dark Rain Sunshine” by user #KenFL74, available under CC BY-SA 3.0, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Press-Telegram, Published in Long Beach, California (Ceded (Cessions 286, 308) and unceded Tongva Territory)

Local Beaches Get High Marks

   Heal the Bay, an area environmental nonprofit, surveyed Long Beach’s 15 beaches over the last year, and gave 13 of them an A or B for water quality this summer. The water quality drops significantly during the rainy winter season, however, when bacteria and chemicals wash off yards, streets and inland farms. State officials still advise beachgoers to stay out of the ocean for 72 hours after rainfall.

Galveston County Daily News, Published in Galveston, Texas (Unceded Karankawa and Atakapa-Ishak Territory)

Freshwater from storms could hurt bay dolphin health

   The Galveston Bay Dolphin Research Program recently released a study that found that heavy rains could have dangerous health consequences for dolphins. Hurricane Harvey and other big storms in the area caused large influxes of freshwater that negatively impacted dolphins’ health.

“Ilwaco, Washington,” by user Sam Beebe/Ecotrust, available under CC BY-SA 3.0, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Chinook Observer, Published in Long Beach, Washington (Unceded Chinook Territory)

Ilwaco secures grant and loan for community forest

   The Ilwaco City Council announced in their June 22nd meeting that they had received a $600,000 grant via the USDA Community Forest and Open Space Conservation Program that could be used towards the purchase of nearly $3 million worth of land and timber rights, to both protect the Indian Creek Watershed and preserve surrounding land as the Bear Ridge Community Forest. The city was one of the program’s 10 grantees this year.

Savannah Morning News, Published in Savannah, Georgia  (Unceded Mvskoke/ Yamassee Territory)

Whale calf killed by vessel strike

   Last December, a newborn right whale was spotted off the coast of Sapelo Island, generating some hope for the endangered population. But that calf, identified by the New England Aquarium and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, was found dead on June 25th. On Monday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries released a preliminary necropsy report identifying the cause of death as at least one vessel strike.

Naples Daily News, Published in Naples, Florida (Ceded (Cession 118) and unceded Seminole and Calusa Territory)

Collier restricts beach hours

In an attempt to slow the rapid increase in coronavirus cases, especially during a holiday weekend that could draw crowds, Collier County commissioners passed restrictions on beach hours and parking for the coming weekend, as well as a resolution encouraging mask use. The restrictions fall short of the face mask requirement that doctors and residents had urged, however. 


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