The final two downhill ski resorts in the Tahoe area will open this week, while several others are closing in on opening their entire mountains for the 2018-19 season. Diamond Peak Ski Resort, in Incline Village, announced it planned to open Thursday, while historic Granlibakken Tahoe will open for the season the following day.
Europe’s drought is still wreaking havoc on the river cruise industry, although recent rains have eased conditions and a week-long wet-weather forecast is on the horizon. “We are back on track with fast-rising water levels on the Rhine,” said Rudi Schreiner, co-founder of AmaWaterways, adding that recent rains have allowed the river cruise line to get back onto regular cruise schedules.
Fairfax resident Larry Stratton was one attendee who spoke at the Marin Municipal Water District’s public forum on e-bikes at the Corte Madera Community Center on Tuesday. The district is considering revising its e-bike prohibition on the Mount Tamalpais watershed and held the forum to garner the public’s views.
A sewage spill that federal officials said started Monday night south of the border continues to flood the Tijuana River with millions of gallons of raw effluent. A ruptured collector pipe in southeast Tijuana is leaking roughly 7 million gallons a day of sewage into the river, according to the U.S. section of the International Boundary and Water Commission.
Looking for a scenic site to hold your next business convention, school event, family reunion or fancy soiree? How about Lake Jennings? Helix Water District, which owns and operates the Lakeside reservoir and its surrounding property, is looking to bring an events center to the picturesque area.
California fish and game commissioners are poised to decide Wednesday on a proposal that would extend the closure on recreational abalone fishing another two years to give the ailing species more time to recover from a near-total collapse on the North Coast. The vote would extend until April 2021 an existing closure approved a year ago in the wake of a sharp, multi-year decline in the popular fishery, with no signs of a rebound, a key state official said Tuesday.
Supervisors will consider the possibility of issuing a request for proposals from developers for the sale of the Chanate Road land, comprised of 12 separate parcels, in its entirety or smaller pieces. Certain parcels would be excluded from a potential sale, including a 26-acre plot owned by the Sonoma County Water Agency and a nearly 10-acre parcel that will be dedicated for public access and use, according to a staff report.
In a magic moment Friday, Thea Cowsky poured a 5-gallon bucket filled with water and four big rainbow trout into a submerged pen. “My high school kids are going to be thrilled about this,” she said. Cowsky is the manager of a Mount Shasta-area high school Interact Club, a Rotary-sponsored youth group.
After nearly a year of public input on the issue, the Marin Municipal Water District is considering revising its electronic bike restrictions in the Mount Tamalpais watershed. … “We’re doing our due diligence to explore all the pros and cons of allowing e-bikes on fire roads,” said Crystal Yezman, the district’s facilities and watershed division manager.
The Department of Water Resources (DWR) will begin construction Monday to improve pedestrian access to Lake Oroville Marina at Lime Saddle. The Low Water Access Trail project will enhance public safety and provide reliable pedestrian access to the marina during low lake level conditions. Construction activities are scheduled to occur from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, at the Lime Saddle State Recreation Area.
Cross-border water pollution between Tijuana and South San Diego is not new, but in recent years, the problem has grown worse. The reasons are complicated: There is Tijuana’s topography, with its steep hillsides and canyons that drain towards the border; the factories that get away with illegal dumping; the city’s rapid population growth, aging wastewater infrastructure and inadequate garbage collection. In the U.S., funding cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency have prevented improvements to the Borderlands’ sewage system.
A sweeping conservation bill introduced Wednesday by U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris would expand the boundaries of the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument to include popular hiking trails north of Pasadena and create a federally designated recreation area along the San Gabriel River, including the western portion of the Puente-Chino Hills.
Workers hauled big rocks in to Capistrano Beach on Wednesday, placing them along a stretch that collapsed last Friday — the latest damage in an area prone to weather destruction through the years. Heavy machinery was being used to place the rocks along the shoreline, where last week waves and high tide battered the stretch of coast, causing a wooden walkway, sea wall, palm trees and light fixtures to collapse toward the ocean.
Oxnard and Port Hueneme beach closures in recent years shared the same culprit — the Oxnard wastewater treatment plant. When the power goes out and the backup generator doesn’t kick in, wastewater that’s not fully treated heads straight to the ocean.
The National Park Service has named a new superintendent for the Whiskeytown National Recreation Area was. Josh Hoines, who is coming to Shasta County from the Death Valley National Park where he works as its chief of resources, is expected to begin his new job next month. He replaces former superintendent Jim Milestone, the park service announced Monday.
The Woolsey fire was a 14-mile-long wall of flames when, on the morning of Nov. 9, it jumped the 101 Freeway and began tearing through the Santa Monica Mountains. Less than a week later, the National Park Service confirmed that the fire had burned nearly 88% of the federal parkland in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area.