Environment

Reports focusing on the latest news and trends affecting the environment along California's Central Coast.

Screenshot of Disney's Finding Dory trailer

One Central Coast town has good reason to be excited about the upcoming release of the feature animated film "Finding Dory," the sequel to the extremely popular "Finding Nemo." 

Flickr member Joyce cory

A push to expand the California Coastal National Monument to include the Piedras Blancas Light Station in San Luis Obispo County, now has the full support of the County Board of Supervisors. 

The Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo County

Last week, The Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo County announced the largest land easement in the organization’s history. 

Lisa Stratton, CCBER

UCSB is embarking on a major project to turn 63 acres of a former golf course back into publicly-accessible wetlands. 

KCBX News - Randol White

Wildflowers are peaking currently in the Los Padres National Forest and Santa Barbara County's Figueroa Mountain is among the top locations to see nature's short-lived show. 

California Department of Fish and Wildlife

The commercial Dungeness crab fishery along the California coast is finally set to open for the year, next Saturday, March 26.

Wikipedia

One Central Coast city is making a statement on climate change, asking the federal government to get working on a plan for reducing dependence on fossil fuels. 

Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office

Santa Barbara County wants to continue its crackdown on people who are illegally using the dry river bed near Lompoc for off-road activities.

Doug Jenzen, Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes Center

Nesting season for the endangered western snowy plover officially starts on March 1, which means portions of some Central Coast beaches will be closed for several months to come. 

Nature Conservancy

A few recovering populations of Island fox are being considered for removal from the federal endangered species list. 

Broadcast date: 02/10/2016

Correspondent Tom Wilmer speaks with Jeff Dunster in Waikiki about the Reforestation Initiative: its roots, vision and efforts on the flanks of Mauna Kea on the Big Island, and upcoming projects on Oahu. 

Jordan Bell, KCBX News

The California Coastal Commission voted 7-to-5 late Wednesday to dismiss Executive Director Dr. Charles Lester, at the close of a long day of public hearings in Morro Bay.

Kirsten Macintyre, California Department of Fish and Wildlife

The State Health Department is continuing to test marine life along the California coast for a toxic chemical that's had many crab fishers out of work for months. 

Phillips 66

The public will get a chance to sound off next week on a controversial rail project proposed for the Phillips 66 refinery near Nipomo. 

The project would increase the amount of crude shipped by train through the Central Coast. 

Google Maps

A Southern California law firm is continuing to investigate the source and scope of a cluster of contaminated residential drinking wells in San Luis Obispo County.  

Flickr member: Konrad Summers

A group of Central Coast supermarkets are establishing recycling buy-back centers, as one local facility closes its door at the end of the month in Atascadero. 

Google Maps

More than a dozen Central Coast families are learning more about harmful chemicals detected in their drinking water. 

A number of residential wells south of the San Luis Obispo Regional Airport have tested positive for Trichloroethylene (TCE) and other toxic chemicals in levels above drinking standards. 

NOAA Fisheries

Climate data released Thursday shows this winter's El Niño is still on track to be among the strongest ever recorded. 

flickr King Tides Project - Claire Fackler

California is facing the highest sea levels ever measured according to new information from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). 

Randol White - KCBX News

The City of San Luis Obispo is expecting to save millions of dollars in the coming years, while cutting way back on its carbon footprint. The project responsible for these savings, is the first of its kind in the state, and is now a model for others. 

Flickr member: Kai Hendry

UDPATE: Wednesday, November 18, 2015 at 5:21 p.m.

Pismo Beach is one step closer to banning expanded polystyrene—known by its brand name styrofoam—from being used by restaurants and other food purveyors. 

It's Arbor Day in November for the Cal Poly campus

Nov 10, 2015
Diego Abeloos

Cal Poly is creating a new tradition to celebrate Arbor Day in the fall, instead of mid March when the State of California recognizes the day. 

J. Newman, California Department of Fish and Wildlife

State officials say it's imminent that California's commercial Dungeness crab season will be canceled until further notice. 

It was announced Thursday morning that the recreational season is on hold as well. This follows a warning earlier this week about high levels of a deadly toxin called domoic acid. 

Nearly all SLO restaurants getting on board with polystyrene ban

Nov 2, 2015
Aidan Mathews

A ban on polystyrene—known by many as the brand name "Styrofoam"—is set to go into effect soon in the City of San Luis Obispo.

Flickr user: Day Donaldson

Single-use plastic bags have been banned in San Luis Obispo County since 2012, requiring retailers to instead supply their customers with paper bags for ten cents, among other rules.

However, some Central Coast stores give plastic bags to their customers, despite San Luis Obispo County the bag ordinance. 

Google Maps

Chevron is moving forward with plans to clean up a piece of prime real estate that overlooks the Pacific Ocean in Avila Beach. 

NOAA

A push to protect habitat along a 140 mile stretch of the Central Coast is moving forward. 

Jim Logan

Continuing research out of UC Santa Barbara shows our coastal oaks are starting to show signs of stress related to the ongoing drought and record heat.

Marine Mammal Center

An alarming number of dead and stranded seals are showing up along the California Coast, launching an investigation by the NOAA this week. 

Lilian Carswell, USFWS

Protections for sea otters in the Santa Barbara Channel are being maintained following a recent ruling by a Federal Judge.

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