Crews began the process Tuesday of launching steel girders for the new Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge, which officials said may not be open until October. … Crews demolished the old Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge in March after a landslide caused the bridge’s support columns to fail.
When Santa Cruz Mountains resident Sara Culley accidentally stepped on an underground wasp nest in her yard earlier this month, she went into a blind terror, she said, as the insects surged up her leg, under her shirt and along her back — stinging her 27 times.
An inspector noticed hundreds of invasive mussels attached to a boat last month and prevented the owner from launching into Lake Nacimiento, according to a news release from the San Luis Obispo County Public Works Department.
A planned joint meeting between the Monterey Peninsula mayors water authority and the Peninsula water management district boards is expected to address a number of issues ranging from progress on a new water supply and the odds of meeting current state cutback order milestones to the likelihood of litigation challenging California American Water’s proposed desalination project and potential water supply alternatives.
One little bird is raising big hopes for the re-wilding of a special species. A fuzzy gray condor chick — the first-ever “second generation” wild-born condor in a long and hard recovery plan for the endangered birds — has been discovered in a redwood tree in Big Sur.
In the latest setback for California American Water’s proposed Monterey Peninsula desalination project, the state Public Utilities Commission announced Monday that a final environmental impact study for the project will be delayed six months.
Talley Farms began in 1948 when Todd and Ryan’s grandfather Oliver Talley began growing vegetables on leased acreage near Guadalupe. … Although the farm is generally profitable, last year brought a downturn when “the 5-year drought really came to a head and resulted in decreased plantings and lower yields,” said Todd.
Scores of convulsing sea lions are washing up on Central California beaches after eating fish poisoned by a plume of toxic algae that could spread north toward the Bay Area and cause widespread problems, marine biologists said.
The Santa Cruz City Council on Tuesday will hear a plan to increase sharply water rates and create a drought-recovery fee for funding infrastructure projects, stabilizing revenue and boosting reserves.
From the Santa Cruz Sentinel, in a commentary by Russell Brutsché:
Responding to public invitation, I attended the recent meetings of our newly-formed Water Supply Advisory Committee. I was impressed by the hard work of these volunteers, and came away with several questions in my mind.
From the Santa Cruz Sentinel, in a commentary by Cuca Hepburn:
Through no choice of my own I am a customer of Soquel Creek Water District. My simple belief is that if we face “20 years of rationing” then leaders of the district have mismanaged our water resources for at least 20 years.
Top Monterey County officials met in early 2011 to discuss ways to dump the Marina Coast Water District from the regional desalination project, raising questions about the county’s efforts to make the three-pronged project partnership work and potentially affecting civil litigation aimed at unraveling the failed proposal.
If the Salinas Valley moves into a fourth year of drought, issues surrounding water are likely to get very, very complicated, an attorney explained to growers and students Thursday at an agricultural technology “clinic” in Greenfield.