Santa Barbara County's Surf Beach will be closed from June 27 to Sept. 30 because the maximum number of violations tolerated to protect the nests of the federally-listed Snowy Plover was exceeded.
Beach restrictions are enforced yearly on Wall, Minuteman and Surf beaches during the snowy plover's nesting season. If a pre-determined number of violations are detected, the beaches are closed for the remainder of the nesting season.
This week there were 11 violations reported, putting the number at Surf Beach more than 50, the pre-determined limit.
Explosion Green: When David Gottfried came up with an idea for green environmental building 20 years ago, he ran into a number of hurdles. The building industry had been doing what they did for decades. Why change? It’s taken another two decades, but changes have been made.
An electric motorcycle is being tested on the streets of San Luis Obispo as a possible addition to the police department's fleet of vehicles.
Sergeant Steven Mickel says it goes 130 miles on a single charge and only costs about one cent per mile in electricity fees.
The electric police motorcycle is rated with a top speed of 95 miles per hour, fast enough for around town, and comes fully equipped with pursuit emergency lighting and sirens, safety components and patrol items.
California's brown pelican population is in danger once again, as a new survey shows breeding numbers are in a drastic decline.
The birds mate in Mexico's Gulf of California typically numbering offspring in the thousands. However, this year the number of young totaled just 16.
One theory regarding the low nesting rates is that they indicate a sooner-than-expected El Niño event. Low breeding numbers are often associated with El Niño conditions, however, this year, the pelicans began showing signs of trouble well ahead of this summer.
Watersheds come in all shapes and sizes. In the US, there are more than 2,267 watersheds. We all live in a watershed. Experts believe using a watershed approach will protect our water’s resources, and safeguard our communities from flood and drought. The ACTION report found in 2012 eight out of the 19 communities in San Luis Obispo County reported their water demand exceeded their supply, or their water delivery system had reached its capacity. How can these communities benefit by watershed restoration?
National Arbor Day is the last Friday in April. Travel correspondent Tom Wilmer takes us to the home of the Arbor Day Foundation in Nebraska City to learn about this annual celebration of trees, which was born in Nebraska back in the 1870s
A recent uptick in seismic activity in California-and around the Pacific Rim-raises questions about the next "big one" along the San Andreas Fault. KCBX News Director Randol White speaks with a top USGS scientist about the potential warning signs for those of us living here in earthquake country.
The City of Paso Robles is moving forward with plans to create a recycled water system with approval this week from the city council of $795,000 for the first step in the process.
The system, when complete, will send water through a "purple pipe" system to the city's big irrigation users like parks, golf courses, and even vineyards.
The recycled water delivery would be similar to what the City of San Luis Obispo already has in place. Several parks and the municipal golf course are irrigated with water that's been treated at the facility off of Prado Road.
The Princeton Review is out with its top picks for the nation's most environmentally friendly schools, and the University of California, Santa Barbara is among the top picks.
The 2014 version of the publications Green Colleges Guide includes 330 institutions of higher education in the United States and two in Canada that demonstrate a strong commitment to sustainability in their academic offerings, campus infrastructure, activities, and career preparation. In addition, just 22 schools are chosen for the so-called Green College Honor Roll.