Environment

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

Lisa Osborn, KCBX News

The criminal indictments against the pipeline company at the center of last year's oil spill on the Santa Barbara County coast are now public record.

Refugio Response Join Information Center

This has not been a good week for Plains All-American Pipeline, the company at the center of last year's Refugio Oil Spill.

Santa Barbara County Fire Department

The State of California and Santa Barbara County announced Tuesday that they are moving forward with dozens of criminal charges against the pipeline company at the center of last year’s oil spill on the Gaviota Coast.

Jennifer O'Leary

The waters of the Central Coast have seen some radical changes in recent years, including much warmer than normal temperatures, massive algae blooms, a decline in eel grass and a mass wasting disease among sea stars. 

Santa Barbara County Fire Department

Two of the main government organizations that responded to the Refugio oil spill nearly a year ago are now looking back and judging their efforts.

James Gathany

The first relatively wet rainy season in years has local health officers looking for ways to control the number of mosquitos on the Central Coast. 

Morro Bay National Estuary Program

A grass that grows in the coastal waters and tidal lands of the Central Coast is seeing a rapid decline in habitat.

Central Coast Wild Heritage

A U.S. Senate hearing will consider on Thursday the preservation of 245,000 acres of land along the 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. 

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