Not only did water never make its way naturally from Aliso Creek into the ocean, but OC Lifeguards kept close watch for anyone trying to dig culverts to let the water escape. That, along with decreased runoff from inland communities and possible sand swells that shifted more sand to the mouth of the creek, helped to create one of the largest berms on the beach in four decades.
After more than three decades of stops and stalls, the state this week made clear the fight for beach access at Hollister Ranch is far from over. Coastal officials revived efforts to create a long-delayed public path while also preventing a family from building on its slice of the ranch until all visitors can enjoy the 8.5 miles of secluded Santa Barbara County coastline.
In a major coup for Bay Area outdoors recreation, the best trail camps at Big Basin Redwoods State Park and in the Santa Cruz Mountains will stay open through fall and winter. The decision by California State Parks affects eight trail camps with about 50-hike-in sites at five state parks in the Santa Cruz District.
Salmon fishing on the Mokelumne River and South Fork Mokelumne has improved as the Chinooks move upstream on their fall spawning run. “Fishing is really good now,” said Jeremy Grimes at Fisherman’s Friend in Lodi.
Williamson Rock is a sheer granite wall that rises from chaparral in the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument. Crisscrossed with 300 routes, it has been a proving ground for Southern California rock climbers since the 1960s. But in a move that outraged many in the climbing community, the area was shut down in 2005 to protect an isolated colony of federally endangered Southern California mountain yellow-legged frogs from being trampled.
The owners of a Lake Tahoe ski resort in a legal battle with an environmental group over a redevelopment project have failed to persuade a California judge to penalize the conservationists with an order to pay more than $225,000 in attorney bills. Placer County Judge Michael Jones ruled in August against Sierra Watch’s claim the county violated public meeting laws when it approved Alterra Mountain Co.’s expansion at Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows near Tahoe City, California.
Some cold white stuff fell (and stuck) on Mt. Rose this weekend. And the National Weather Service in Reno says it’s likely more cold white stuff will fall this week. But skiers and snowboarders hoping for a big snow year should continue to hold their collective breath, because the appearance of snow in early October may not happen every year, but it’s not necessarily a sign of big storms to come.
The Department of Water Resources (DWR) today [Oct. 5] removed a caution advisory that had been in effect since August 17 at Pyramid Lake in Los Angeles County. Water contact is allowed, but all recreational users should always avoid contact with blue-green algae. DWR lifted the caution advisory after detecting a reduced amount of microcystins for a second consecutive week at Pyramid Lake.
When California ordered property owners to provide beach access for all, Hollister Ranch made the case that the pristine coastline west of Santa Barbara deserved an exception. With 14,500 acres connected only by private roads, ranchers argued it was impossible for each of them, as required by law, to provide a public route to the beach every time they sought a permit to build.
A series of breaks in a Grand Canyon water pipeline has put the national park under tighter water restrictions. Park spokeswoman Vanessa Ceja-Cervantes said Wednesday the breaks have been repaired, but additional maintenance is needed, including flushing the line.
Having been hauled thousands of miles from across the country, a pontoon boat bound for a weekend on Lake Tahoe pulls into the Alpine Meadows Watercraft Inspection Station. It’s one of roughly 8,000 motorized vessels that were inspected during this past boating season, and one of more than 5,000 that did not meet Lake Tahoe’s Water Inspection Program’s standards of being clean, drained and dry.
Rain showers moved across Northern California on Tuesday after months of extremely dry weather. … In the Sierra Nevada, forecasters said there would be a possibility of snow above 9,000 feet (2,743 meters) through Thursday morning, and the Mammoth Mountain ski resort announced Nov. 8 as its opening day for the season.
For those of you who’ve managed to hike every California State Park trail at Lake Tahoe there’s a new adventure — only this one you’ll need a dive mask to explore. On Monday, the state opened the Emerald Bay Maritime Heritage Trail — an underwater showcase of Lake Tahoe’s historic sunken watercraft and barges.
A popular program that supports conservation and outdoor recreation projects across the country expired after Congress could not agree on language to extend it. Lawmakers from both parties back the Land and Water Conservation Fund, but the program lapsed Monday amid dispute over whether its renewal should be part of a broader package of land-use and parks bills.
Some California State Parks and Forest Service campgrounds have begun shutting off toilets and showers because of the drought, but most local facilities remain in the clear for water usage as of right now.