Just inside the construction site, however, improved beach access, new room for vehicle parking, a pedestrian walkway and ocean-themed bench walls beckoned to visitors. Less visibly, sunk beneath the sand near the road’s edge, a new underground stabilization wall sat tied into the area’s into underlying bedrock, ready for the harshest projected winter storm lashings and sand shifting.
For more than 18 years, Kerstin Wasson has plowed through mud, eelgrass, and brackish water in a quest to understand and preserve the salt marshes of the West Coast. In recognition of her many contributions to science and conservation, the Environmental Law Institute honored Wasson on May 9 at the National Wetlands Awards in Washington, DC.
[Monterey County Counsel Charles] McKee said the settlement allows the county to save millions of dollars, perhaps tens of millions of dollars, in plaintiffs’ attorneys fees and legal costs at a time when the county is facing a $36 million budget deficit, while also remaining free to defend the fracking ban, which he called the “main principle” of the Measure Z initiative as evidenced by campaign signs and other materials.
California’s Salinas Valley, one of the world’s most productive farming areas, faces a groundwater emergency. The problem is seawater intrusion into freshwater aquifers, which are the region’s lifeblood. The issue has been understood for a long time.
A petition to the state water board has been filed this week seeking to revise the Carmel River cutback order to add new, parallel milestones aimed at accommodating a proposed Pure Water Monterey expansion capable of providing an alternative replacement water source to meet the cutback order in case California American Water’s proposed desalination project is delayed.
The Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously on May 8 to submit a request to California’s Department of Water Resources (DWR) asking the agency to remove northern fringe areas from Santa Maria River Valley Groundwater Basin.
Residents of Carpinteria say they feel lucky to live in what they consider a slice of paradise. But change is in the air. And sometimes, they say, it stinks. That’s because marijuana has become a new crop of choice in the farmlands surrounding this tight-knit community of 14,000, which has long helped fuel the U.S. cut flower industry.
The new Branciforte Creek Bridge lands one of its feet just outside the Coastal Watershed Council’s new office windows. The office, marked on the organization’s Watershed Ranger kids’ activity booklet, will be where area children are invited come to pledge to learn about, care for and share their knowledge about the San Lorenzo River — receiving a small wooden ranger badge in exchange.
In a lawsuit filed in Monterey County Superior Court last week, the Center for Biological Diversity argued the test wells approval for Trio Petroleum should be set aside because the county failed to properly consider the project’s environmental impacts, including the potential for large-scale oil production, and should be required to conduct a full environmental impact report.
Nearly a year after the largest landslide ever on the Big Sur coast dumped more than 6 million cubic yards over Highway 1, Mud Creek was a bustling work site Monday as crews worked on multiple projects with an eye on the projected opening of mid-September.
Travelers eager for Highway 1 to reopen in Big Sur will have to wait a little longer. It has been a year since a massive landslide rained debris down on California’s iconic coastal route, making a drive along the entire 655-mile roadway impossible.
Spring is an especially perilous time for female gray whales and their calves as they migrate from Mexico to Alaska. In just one day a week ago, 50 killer whales were spotted gathered around a gray whale calf carcass feeding and interacting socially just a mile off shore in the Monterey Bay at Point Piños near the mouth of the deepest submarine canyon on the West Coast, waiting to attack the newly born offspring.
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.