In a major victory for dog walkers, the National Park Service announced Thursday it has stopped plans that would have expanded on-leash areas in Marin, San Francisco and San Mateo counties. … Park officials had cited protection of the recreation area’s sensitive resources, ranging from snowy plovers to mission blue butterflies, as well as safety for other users as reasons why off-leash dog walking needed to be limited.
The final round of battles between the people who want to build the Poseidon desalination water plant, and the grass roots environmental groups who oppose it, began Thursday in a crowded city hall chamber in Huntington Beach. … The three-member [State Lands] commission voted late Thursday to approve the project as long as the operators agree to eliminate or reduce carbon emissions.
A proposed Huntington Beach seawater desalination plant passed a major regulatory hurdle Thursday when a marathon session at City Hall concluded with an endorsement from the California State Lands Commission.
After enduring the driest stretch of years in our history, and then logging the wettest spell on record this past winter, befuddled Californians have one question on their minds these days: What’s next? In two words: La Niña.
A regulatory showdown that could set a precedent for large scale desalination plants throughout the state is expected to take place Thursday in Huntington Beach where a three-member commission will decide whether the hotly contested Poseidon ocean purification plant can move forward.
The Huntington Beach desalination plant, 15 years in the making, is set for yet another vote today as the State Lands Commission takes up the issue, “the first of three major regulatory hurdles the proposed plant must clear before construction can begin,” according to the Register.
Acknowledging the real possibility California American Water’s Monterey Peninsula desalination project could be delayed by litigation or other means, and miss critical state water board milestones, Peninsula water officials on Monday night considered their options to deal with the possibility.
As glaciers melt and oceans warm, experts say the Pacific waters surrounding California are now rising 30 to 40 times faster than in the last century. The surge—driven by global climate change—will gobble up beachfront and overwhelm coastal cities. A recent U.S. Geological Survey report estimated that up to two-thirds of Southern California beaches could vanish within this century.
At least one San Diego leader wants water researchers to start testing city waterways for hepatitis A. Councilman David Alvarez on Thursday penned a letter to the Southern California Coastal Water Research Project requesting that the environmental research group start testing as many as a half-dozen area waterways for the deadly liver infection.
Tuesday, they voted to join a growing legal effort that includes Imperial Beach, Chula Vista, the Port of San Diego and the city of San Diego to force the federal government to better block sewage from flowing into the U.S. from Mexico and fouling beaches.
A sharp and costly increase in the number of boats abandoned in the ocean off Coronado’s Naval Air Station North Island is prompting requests for a crackdown by San Diego lifeguards. … The boats often break apart during rainstorms or high surf, sometimes emitting fuel and hazardous materials into the ocean and onto the beach.
The San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to join the growing legal campaign to force the federal government to do more to stop sewage from spilling over the border from Tijuana that routinely fouls South Bay beaches. “Enough is enough,” Supervisor Greg Cox, whose district includes border region with Mexico, said in a statement.
Assembly Bill 725, by Assemblyman Marc Levine, D-Greenbrae, and Senate Bill 386, by Sen. Steve Glazer, D-Orinda, both aimed to cut down on pollution from cigarette butts, which are the largest source of litter collected during environmental cleanups, particularly along the coast.
The sea flooded areas of Balboa Peninsula in Newport Beach, residents in Capo Beach braced as the ocean slammed the front of their houses with at least one shattered window, and lifeguards were busy trying to keep beachgoers out of harm’s way as they flocked to the coast to beat the unseasonable hot weather.