The crystalline waters of Fall Creek erupted into luminous whitewater Thursday as it rushed down the steps of the fish ladder. “We’re incredibly fortunate to have such clear and cold water year-round,” said San Lorenzo Valley Water District’s environmental programs manager Jen Michelsen as she watched from above.
Volunteers and state employees were on the verge of reconnecting the two severed parts of Big Sur with the completion of a trail that circumvents the condemned Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge, which is under demolition — but then the rain returned.
With almost all the hotels, restaurants and state parks closed on the south side of a downed bridge along iconic Highway 1 in Central California, Kurt Mayer has chosen to keep his deli and taproom open. It’s a move that is costing him money.
Bark beetles — whose numbers have reached outbreaks levels throughout the West — are hard to keep away from trees. One solution may be to confuse them by playing their own sounds, distorted into a maddening cacophony, back at them.
I [Robin Abcarian] want to tell you about how awful things have been for hundreds of people in Big Sur, trapped now for more than a month by a broken bridge to the north and various mud and rock slides to the south.
It’s been a rough winter for Highway 1, but finally there’s a little good news. The coastal route that has been dogged by mudslides, downed trees and damage from heavy rains reopened Tuesday afternoon between Big Sur and Carmel, Caltrans reports.
The Santa Cruz City Council, joined by the city Water Commission, heard a quarterly update on city efforts to stave off a worst-case scenario projecting a future 1.2 billion gallon water shortage in future years.
Three weeks after closing Highway 1 between the Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge and just south of Palo Colorado due to dozens of landslides, Caltrans reopened the coastal stretch of road to the public Tuesday evening.
Mineral rights and royalty owners have filed a new lawsuit against Monterey County, challenging voter-approved Measure Z, which establishes some of the nation’s toughest restrictions on oil and gas operations in the state’s fourth-largest oil-producing county. … Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, and wastewater injection into aquifers will still be prohibited during the stay.
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.