On the road to completing projects to make it easier to get around the Monterey Peninsula or deliver services to the community, such as the California American Water Monterey pipeline project, motorists are becoming increasingly frustrated as traffic snarls and detours become the norm.
After a 14-month closure, Caltrans announced Tuesday Highway 1 will reopen at Mud Creek at the end of July following the $54 million construction of a new roadway atop a massive landslide. The reopening will take place close to two months ahead of schedule.
Backers of Measure Z led by Protect Monterey County urged the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday to reverse course and join an appeal of a Monterey County Superior Court ruling striking down much of the voter-approved initiative that sought to establish some of the nation’s toughest restrictions on oil and gas operations.
With the proposed Interlake Tunnel project’s future in the balance, Monterey County officials are hopeful they have resolved a key obstacle standing in the way involving the white bass. But it’s going to cost plenty.
This year’s commercial salmon season is putting local fishermen in a squeeze. The two separate openings in the first week of May and the last 12 days of June are meant to protect a scarce group of king, or chinook, salmon.
Though still one of the top 10 worst beaches statewide for bacterial contamination, Cowell Beach has improved, according to the 28th Annual “Beach Bummer” report released Thursday. Los Angeles area-based environmental watchdog Heal the Bay ranked Santa Cruz’s popular beach eighth worst in the state.
The Monterey Peninsula Water Supply Project continues construction of the pipeline bridge at Fairground Road over the Monterey Salinas Highway with closures continuing through June 8. “We installed the first girder (Monday) and will be placing the second one (Tuesday),” said Catherine Stedman, Cal Am spokesperson.
In October 2002, the cruise ship Crystal Harmony anchored outside Monterey Harbor, ferrying more than 900 passengers ashore for the day before continuing on its way to Acapulco, Mexico. Later that night, 14 miles off the pristine coastline of Big Sur, the 790-foot-long ship dumped 36,400 gallons of sewage, gray water and oily waste into the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.
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.
If the Salinas Valley moves into a fourth year of drought, issues surrounding water are likely to get very, very complicated, an attorney explained to growers and students Thursday at an agricultural technology “clinic” in Greenfield.
A bill to help streamline a project to connect Lake San Antonio and Lake Nacimiento with an underground pipeline has passed out of a key state Senate committee. Assembly Bill 155, authored by Salinas Assemblyman Luis Alejo, cleared the Local Government and Finance Committee with bipartisan support, Alejo’s office said Wednesday in a news release.