Sightseers are being treated to a show of killer whales, gray whales, and humpbacks interacting in their natural habitat off the coast of Monterey. “It’s a pretty exciting area right now,” said Nancy Black, a marine biologist with Monterey Bay Whale Watch. The reason for the spike in whale sightings?
The management of land as sensitive and rare as the sandhills habitat in the Santa Cruz Mountains is complex — no perfect solution exists for some problems. Such is the San Lorenzo Valley Water District’s current conundrum: how to eradicate 20,000 invasive French broom plants from 40 acres of sandhills without damaging the fragile ecosystem.
Despite the area facing multiple devastating natural disasters, the course for the Big Sur International Marathon races Sunday will remain the same. The failure and demolition of the Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge led officials to change how they drop off marathon runners.
While city officials on Wednesday went over the complexities of short-term rental fees and future capital improvements, they also received some lighter news — the harbor seal pups in Pacific Grove are finally faring better.
Drone footage of the [San Lorenzo] river at its peak flow captured by Archer Koch of MultiRotorCam and posted to social media wowed city of Santa Cruz Public Works Department sufficiently enough to inspire them to contract out for a comparison this week, officials said.
Nearly three years after Twin Lakes Church earned hard-won approval on a new 40,000-square-foot development on its Aptos property, church leaders were back before the Soquel Creek Water District board on Tuesday night with a new request: more water for less money.
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.