When the next major storm hits Monterey County, Caltrans will take a proactive safety approach by shutting down Highway 1 along the Big Sur Coast at two trouble spots. Gates have been installed at Mud Creek, where more than 5 million cubic yards of dirt and rocks slid down the hillside and covered a quarter mile of the roadway with as much as 40 feet of debris in May 2017, and at Paul’s Slide.
Eyes peeled and necks craning, underneath the eucalyptus trees people milled about in a mutual quest to see the migrating monarchs, their voices uniting in a chorus of oohs and aahs as a flurry of brightly colored wings took to the sky. Monarch season at Santa Cruz’s Natural Bridges State Park has officially arrived.
Seven candidates are poised to make their case next week to replace retiring Monterey Peninsula Water Management District director Bob Brower Sr., a position that could play a key role in influencing the future of the water district’s public buyout effort involving California American Water’s Monterey-area water system as mandated by Measure J.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reached a settlement with American Cooling, Inc. over Clean Water Act violations at its refrigerated warehouse and storage facility in Salinas, Calif. The agreement requires the company to pay a $28,900 penalty to resolve violations associated with unauthorized stormwater and wastewater discharges between August 2013 and June 2018. “Pollutants in industrial stormwater runoff can harm local water bodies,” said EPA Pacific Southwest Regional Administrator Mike Stoker.
Challenger Angelo Spandrio and incumbent Mary Bergen are vying for a seat on the Casitas Municipal Water District. … In the race for Division 4, the drought and shrinking water supply have been the focus and those issues have generated more than usual attention to campaigns.
Early results Tuesday showed the challengers in the lead in the San Lorenzo Valley Water District race, based on absentee voting. A slate of three challengers sought to unseat three incumbents in the San Lorenzo Valley Water District, though the ballot listed the six names in random order.
A second bid to force a public buyout of California American Water’s Monterey district water system took a sizable early lead in Tuesday night’s returns from Monterey County elections. The public takeover ballot initiative had captured 55 percent of the 25,000 votes counted by late Tuesday night.
Preparing to begin spreading the wealth of its riverwater to neighboring agencies, the Santa Cruz Water Department is set to study the impacts of changing it water-sharing rules. In an initial report outlining the areas the city plans to study for environmental impacts, a city notice of preparation lays out the potential to share its unused water supply with Soquel Creek Water District, Scotts Valley Water District, San Lorenzo Valley Water District and Central Water District.
In the process of removing the San Clemente Dam in 2015, workers created a pristine route for the Carmel River, complete with step pools and nicely arranged boulders. Winter floods have since transformed the river route into anything but pristine, but the “messy” course has been good for the native steelhead.
If voters pass Measure G, oil production will be limited to existing wells and fracking will be banned on county land. Charles Varni, co-founder of the Coalition to Protect San Luis Obispo County, says the initiative was spearheaded in response to a planned expansion of oil extraction in the county’s Arroyo Grande Oil Field near Pismo Beach. The plan would add 481 wells to the field.
Beachgoers, hold your breaths. Cowell Beach has a shot at freeing itself from its nine-year streak on the dreaded “Beach Bummer” list. Cowell was ranked eighth on the list in June, based on water quality data from the previous summer.
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.