Jan. 17 2015 - San Luis Obispo, Calif. — A wet December helped to green California's hills and refill a portion of San Luis Obispo's Laguna Lake, but the following month of January was among the warmest and driest on record in 2015.
The Central Coast saw a very warm, dry January this year, as did the rest of the state. Now, Scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) say it ranks among the warmest and driest on record.
Not only was this January the fourth warmest in the books, but it follows the warmest January ever in 2014.
A new bill up for consideration in Sacramento is aimed at protecting groundwater from oil and gas drilling operations.
Central Coast Assembly Member Das Williams (D-Carpinteria) introduced AB-356 on Tuesday. It would require monitoring near Class II injection wells.
Currently, there are nearly 42,000 oil field injection wells operating in the state, according to the California Department of Conservation. These wells are designed to increase oil recovery and "safely dispose of the salt and fresh water produced with oil and natural gas" the department states.
A study published Thursday in the journal Science takes at look a just how much plastic waste is collecting in the world's oceans.
An estimated 8 million metric tons of plastic waste are added each year according to the numbers crunched by UC Santa Barbara's National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS). That's more than scientists had thought, and enough to cover the entire City of Los Angles in ankle deep trash more than twice over—each year.
Central Coast scientists are seeing a number of species show up along the California coast, far north of their usual range. One of these animals is the Hopkins' Rose nudibranch, a pink sea slug.
Jeff Goddard, a project scientist at the UC Santa Barbara Marine Science Intstitute says the Rose nudibranchs are normally found in Southern California, but last year's warmer ocean conditions may have pushed them north.
Volunteers are set to record thousands of images of the California Coast next week as the highest tides of the year are expected to hit the area on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
The volunteers are part of an effort to help people visualize how sea level rise will impact the lives of coastal Californians. It's called the California King Tides Project, and Central Coast representatives are on board to help document the event.
A couple of environmental lawsuits filed against Monterey County were settled Tuesday—at least for the time being.
Landwatch Monterey County and The Open Monterey Project sued back in 2010 following the adoption of the new county's General Plan. Those two lawsuits were combined.
The plaintiffs were concerned with management of the Salinas Valley Groundwater Basin, encroachment of agriculture on the county's hillsides, blockage of wildlife corridors, and other aspects regarding the county's agriculture and wine industries.
A process to place the monarch butterfly on the federal Endangered Species List is underway. It's part of an effort to protect it from rapidly declining numbers.
Over the past several years, the annual count for monarch butterflies has seen a gradual upswing at the popular grove in Pismo Beach. Cal Poly Professor Denis Frey has been tabulating the local migration numbers since the early 90s, and has shown wide swings in peak totals, according to the Pismo Beach Monarch Butterfly Grove website.
The Central Coast is seeing freezing temperatures this week, creating conditions that can be harmful to some plants.
To protect plants from extreme frost damages, water plants thoroughly. Todd Davidson is the owner of Sage Ecological Landscapes and Nursery in Los Osos. He says some people may think watering creates ice, but it's actually protecting plants.
The gift-giving, party-throwing and house-decorating associated with the Christmas holiday season generates a lot of trash and recyclable materials each year. But, what exactly goes into the blue bins and what is for certain headed to the landfill?
Tom Martin has been with San Luis Garbage for more than 20 years. He says the rules surrounding recycling have changed over time, including what to do with all of that wrapping paper.
Celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2015, the Morro Bay National Estuary Program is a non-regulatory, non-profit organization that brings together citizens, non-profits, government agencies, and landowners to protect and restore Morro Bay.
Estuary program-staff members and volunteers conduct monitoring and research, restore natural habitats, and educate residents and visitors on how to keep Morro Bay clean and healthy.
Correspondent Tom Wilmer visits with Adrienne Harris, executive director of the Morro Bay National Estuary program for a visit on the waterfront.
It's now December. With cooler temperatures on the way and larger energy bills along with them. However, you have access to a service that can help you make efficiency upgrades to your home and it's totally free. Learn more about the EmPower program in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties and how it could potentially save you money.