Environment

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

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.

ECOSLO

Local environmental groups are preparing for International Coastal Cleanup Day. The annual event begins Saturday morning at several dozen sites throughout the Central Coast.

Fresno County Sheriff's Department - Sept. 7, 2015

Wildfires burning in the Sierra Nevada are responsible for the brown skies being seen over the Central Coast on Friday.

Jay Thompson, Cal Poly

The finishing touches are being put on a state-of-the-art, energy-efficient home that's being built on the Cal Poly campus.

Entangled blue whale spotted off coast of Mexico

Sep 7, 2015
NOAA

Teams searching for the blue whale spotted this weekend off the California Coast, entangled in some sort of line, believe they've tracked it to the waters of Mexico.

National Park Service

Central Coast fourth graders have a new offer from the federal government to visit the area's local national parks over the next year—for free. 

NCEAS

A study published Monday out of UC Santa Barbara shows the vast majority of seabirds have eaten plastic at some point in their lives and currently have plastic particles in their bellies. 

Joseph Brandt, USFWS

There is a new live streaming video service that lets you peak into the wild nests of an endangered California bird. It's the first ever publicly-available live video of wild condor nests. 

Pacific Wildlife Care

UPDATE: Aug. 26, 2015 at 4:00 p.m.

Pacific Wildlife Care in Morro Bay said Wednesday that 10 new birds have come into the facility since announcing the problem on Tuesday.

Sea World

Three months after the Refugio spill on Santa Barbara County's Gaviota Coast, sea lions, elephant and harbor seals that came in contact with the crude oil are still being rehabilitated.

Santa Barbara County

UPDATE: Aug. 24, 2015 at 5:28 p.m.

The beach at Lookout Park in Summerland was reopened to the public Monday after being closed on Friday because of oil washing ashore.

California Department of Fish and Game

Sightings of potentially dangerous wildlife in urban areas this week on the Central Coast have prompted agencies to issue safety alerts. 

UCSB

Scientists at UC Santa Barbara will spend the next year studying the effects of last May's big oil spill in the Santa Barbara Channel. 

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