An inspector noticed hundreds of invasive mussels attached to a boat last month and prevented the owner from launching into Lake Nacimiento, according to a news release from the San Luis Obispo County Public Works Department.
Los Angeles has big, big plans for revitalizing an 11-mile stretch of the [Los Angeles] river over the next several years, at a price tag that began at $1 billion and soon bumped up to an estimated $1.6 billion. But is the water clean enough for recreational use, or to be a draw for people to live or work along the banks of what amounts to a drainage ditch for urban storm runoff and treated sewage?
A wildfire in the southern part of Yosemite National Park near Wawona grew from 900 to 1,613 within hours on Monday. The South Fork Fire started around 2:30 p.m. Sunday in steep, rocky terrain with dead trees, according to the National Park Service.
The [Santa Ana] river bottom area — considered a wildlife preserve — is owned by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, though the Riverside County Parks Department manages its water quality and habitat.
Before the summer was half over, the 60 rescues this year – mostly on the Stanislaus River but also on the Tuolumne River, Turlock Lake and Modesto and Woodward reservoirs – had surpassed the 50 in all of 2016. There were 13 in 2015.
Two popular swim spots — Lake Temescal in Oakland and Quarry Lakes in Fremont — will reopen Saturday after blooms of toxic blue-green algae finally cleared up, the East Bay Regional Park District announced Friday.
An annual analysis of the planet’s climate reaffirms what researchers knew was the case: that 2016 was the hottest year since at least 1880, when reliable global measurements were first kept. … The atmosphere is not only the place with incremental warming: the world’s freshwater lakes are also heating up.
The Russian River tested clean this week for a toxin related to blue-green algae that prompted cautionary signs at 10 popular beaches last month and in each of the past two summers. The river remains open to swimming and other recreation.
Lassen Volcanic National Park has proposed raising its annual fee, but a lower-cost Whiskeytown National Recreation Area pass will still get visitors into both areas. Lassen is in the process of raising the cost of its annual pass from $40 to $50, while Whiskeytown’s yearly fee will remain $40.
Federal water-quality officials on Thursday released a list of actions taken in recent years to stop wastewater from flowing from Mexico into the San Diego region, a little more than a week after the city of Imperial Beach threatened a lawsuit.
In a decision that could have far-reaching impacts on other coastal access cases, the First District Court of Appeals in San Francisco ruled 3-0 that venture capitalist Vinod Khosla violated the California Coastal Act when he ended decades of public access to Martins Beach, south of Half Moon Bay, after he purchased the 89-acre property surrounding the beach.
Tahoe City’s two rafting companies, Truckee River Rafting and Truckee River Raft Co., are back in action after receiving the call late on Thursday, Aug. 3, from Federal Water Master Chad Blanchard that water would again be released from the Lake Tahoe Dam.
A San Bernardino County congressman is calling on the Trump administration to shrink the boundaries of the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument, causing anxiety among some of the monument’s ardent supporters. Rep. Paul Cook, R-Yucca Valley, wants to lop off a finger of the 346,177-acre monument located mostly in the Angeles National Forest in Los Angeles County.
The Department of Water Resources (DWR) said today [August 7] that Vaquero Swim Beach at Pyramid Lake in Los Angeles County will be open for swimming beginning Saturday as a result of improved algal bloom conditions. Laboratory tests of lake water this week detected a level of algae toxins that merits a “Caution” advisory, which means boaters and recreational users may swim in the lake and at designated swim beaches, but should remain cautious of potential blooms.
Now, a private company wants to use the pits for a $2-billion hydropower project. The plant, proponents say, would help boost renewable energy use in Southern California and lower greenhouse gas emissions. But park officials fear the hydropower project could draw down local groundwater levels and harm wildlife.