The National Weather Service says the second of a series of storms hitting the Central Coast will take aim at the upper Salinas River watershed with flooding in many locations along the Salinas River expected.
In Salinas Valley, one of the country’s richest and most productive agricultural regions, President Donald Trump’s repeated threats to act against “sanctuary” policies and to deport undocumented immigrants has already created chilling uncertainty in a region dubbed the “Salad Bowl of the World.” The valley produces two-thirds of the nation’s lettuce and more than half of its broccoli.
Santa Cruz County’s reprieve from heavy rain will be short. The next “atmospheric river” of rain should arrive about 10 a.m. Thursday and is expected to dump 5 more inches of rain in the saturated mountains and roughly half that along the coast.
The Monterey County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday unanimously approved a letter to the California Department of Conservation expressing their concerns about a proposal to expand the boundaries of an aquifer where oil-production wastewater is being injected.
Tommy Williams—a fisheries biologist whose enthusiasm bubbles forth so swiftly, he’s often interrupting himself mid-sentence—is pacing on the banks of the Carmel River. … It’s the thundering flow of a river that has been dammed for the last 94 years—and the sediment (dirt and rocks) that are pushing everything downstream.
About 35 volunteers turned out Saturday morning just north of the Monterey Tides hotel to plant 1,516 native sand dunes plants. It’s a collaborative project with the California Department of Parks and Recreation and the state Department of Fish and Wildlife.
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.