Environment

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

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. 

NOAA

Water temperatures off the Central Coast are hitting records this week. A buoy in the Monterey Bay registered 69 degrees on Wednesday, breaking the record of 68 degrees registered in late July, 2014.

NOAA's El Niño Portal

Central Coast fisherman are reporting sightings of fish more accustomed to tropical waters, as warmer-than-normal sea temperatures persist off our shores. 

John Chestnut/CNPS San Luis Obispo Chapter

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is designating 5,755 acres in Santa Barbara County as critical habitat for the Vandenberg monkeyflower. It's doing so under the Endangered Species Act.

flickr member docentjoyce

A Central Coast landmark is on the path to becoming a National Monument. 

Xiuning (Nancy) Du, Newport Lab) from the Newport Line (May 19, 2015 collection date)

A vast, toxic algae bloom off the West Coast has scientists baffled as they work to figure out why one toxin in particular is dominating the waters. 

Wikipedia User: Antandrus

A local salvage yard will work to keep toxins from flowing into the Salinas River under the terms of a settlement reached with two conservation groups. 

US Coast Guard

New data shows the oily three-mile-long sheen that developed off the coast of Goleta last week was caused by natural seepage. 

US Coast Guard

UPDATE - Thursday, July 30, 2015 at 3:06 p.m.

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) said Thursday that "a slew of" oil samples were sent to the Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut Thursday morning to determine the cause of a three-mile-long sheen discovered Wednesday.

Pacific Southwest Region USFWS

A large solar farm proposed for agriculture land near the line between Monterey and San Luis Obispo counties can now move forward following a deal over environmental issues. Construction on the California Flats Solar Project is set to break ground later this year.

City of Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara's Charles E. Meyer Desalination Plant is approved to reopen after nearly 20 years of sitting idle. The Santa Barbara City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to spend $55 million in order to get the plant back into working order. 

Santa Barbara County Fire

San Luis Obispo County Environmental Health Services now says an intense thunderstorm was responsible for Monday's oil spill near Cuyama off Highway 166. 

Jordan Bell

After nearly two months of clean up, Refugio State Beach in Santa Barbara County is re-opening up Friday.  A pipeline leak in May released some 21-thousand-gallons of crude oil into the Santa Barbara Channel.

Lisa Osborn, KCBX News

Refugio State Beach was cleared by California State Parks to reopen next Friday, July 17, 2015 at noon. 

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