While Measure Z’s restrictions on Monterey County oil and gas operations has been stayed due to a pending lawsuit, the county Planning Commission appeared to send a message to the fossil fuel industry anyway on Wednesday. … Under Measure Z approved by the voters in November last year, new oil and gas wells are prohibited along with enhanced extraction techniques and land uses in support of wastewater impoundment and injection, after a phase-out period.
Come Jan. 1, the cannabis farms peppering the Santa Cruz Mountains will enter new legal territory, but ecologists worry it may spell doom for the area’s mountain lions. Mountain lions have called the Santa Cruz Mountains home for millennia.
Monterey County supervisors will delay for at least three months considering adoption of a recommended moratorium on new wells in parts of the Salinas Valley groundwater basin where data shows seawater intrusion has been worsening.
After 14 years, the wait is nearly over for mountain biking and walking trails at the Glenwood Open Space Preserve. Last week, the City Council approved the long-term management plan, a document that required scrutiny by the state Department of Fish and Wildlife and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Tom Ward plays the long game when it comes to business. As the owners of Ward Ranch, Ward and his family grow Christmas trees year-round for the holiday season. … But the California drought in recent years — and the winter storms that battered much of northern California — cost tree growers.
Taxpayers may not realize it, but they foot the bill as their city or county complies with new state regulations to improve the health of local streams and waterways. Nicole Beck, 49, a UC Santa Cruz alum with a doctorate in aquatic chemistry, is marrying science and software to help city and county staff get information to make better decisions on where to focus their limited resources.
Nearly a decade after taking control of the resort business at Monterey County-owned Lakes San Antonio and Nacimiento, county Resource Management Agency staff is drafting a request for proposals for a long-term management agreement and aiming for public release by early next year.
After seven years in the making, Pacific Grove officials on Wednesday celebrated the completion of its Local Water Project that will now see reclaimed water go to irrigate the Pacific Grove Golf Links and the city’s El Carmelo Cemetery. But when it comes to the potable water that will be saved by the project, there is still some uncertainty as to exactly where those water credits will go.
Throughout California, access to water and how it is distributed is a perennial issue. Water conflicts are often nuanced and take on a life of their own. In some cases, a local conflict can have statewide implications — the City of Marina, a small city along the shores of Monterey Bay, finds itself in such a conflict.
“Plastic!” said Dale Huss, gesturing in frustration out the window of his pickup truck at the berry fields sprawling over rolling hills, as strawberry plants peeped out from plastic tarps stretched over raised earthen rows. Strawberries are one of California’s most profitable crops, especially in the Monterey Bay area. But the plastic row covers that protect berries from cold and pests also increase water runoff and erosion on hillside fields.
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.