The Department of Water Resources (DWR) changed the algal bloom advisory for San Luis Reservoir from “Danger” to “Warning” today [Sept. 15] based on two consecutive weeks of tests that reveal reduced toxicity levels in the reservoir. The advisory has been “Danger” since June 30.
Kevin Gonzalves, a Merced Irrigation District board director up for re-election, was convicted of a misdemeanor nearly a decade ago for defecating on public property, according to documents obtained by the Sun-Star.
It’s hard to believe anything could top last year’s Coastal Cleanup Day, when Bear Creek High School students found a Pearl Harbor-era letter written by a military policeman and were able to return it to his family.
Raisin farmer Kuldip Chatha said it seemed like more than a thunderstorm that dumped buckets of rain on his crop Monday night. … And while rain is generally a good thing for farmers, it isn’t for raisins.
Forget the dunes of north Africa: You could almost film the next “Star Wars” desert planet scene at the Port of Stockton, where about 15 acres of open land has suddenly disappeared beneath a pile of sand up to two stories high.
Tehachapi’s winter rains were bountiful and brought forth an abundance of fruit blossoms last spring. The flowering buds were so beautiful, local growers reported seeing people stopping their cars and getting out to take pictures of the spring blossoms, especially the cherry ones.
Nearly four decades after first planting their apple orchard off of Highline Road, Richard and Barbara Tieskoetter will not throw open their gates come apple picking season. The Tieskoetters’ harvest clock first began to wind down eight or nine years ago when all the apple trees on their 6 1/4 acre property became unhealthy and had to be pulled.
This time of year, May Vu’s farm in Sanger should be carpeted with blooming flowers and a bounty of vegetables. But a failing irrigation pump and a nearly empty well have dried up Vu’s farm and with it, her source of income.
A state official confirmed Friday that a potentially toxic form of blue-green algae is blooming in the San Joaquin River. It’s unknown whether this is the same algae greening up the waterfront area only a few miles away.
If 200-year flood protection isn’t secured — or at least a financial and implementation plan in place by July 1, 2016 — development of the Great Wolf Resort and family entertainment zone, The Trails at Manteca, and other residential projects in southwest Manteca won’t take place.