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

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. 


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.


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

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.