Air District Accuses Benicia Valero Refinery Of Excess Emissions, Seeks Abatement OrderThe Bay Area Air Quality Management District has announced that it is seeking an abatement order from its independent hearing board to end "significant excess emissions" by Valero Refining Co. at its Benicia refinery.
Western Monarch Butterfly Population Rebounding In California But Still Below Historic LevelsThe number of Western monarch butterflies overwintering in California rebounded to more than 247,000 a year after fewer than 2,000 appeared, but the tally remained far below the millions that were seen in the 1980s, leaders of an annual count said Tuesday.
CA Drought: Big Sur 'Colorado' Fire Could Be Start Of Year-Round Wildfire SeasonThe rare mid-winter wildland fire that erupted in Big Sur over the weekend could become a more frequent occurrence in California, a San Jose State University professor warns.
Big Sur Residents Told to Boil Water Due to Possible Wildfire Damage to UtilityDue to potential damage from the Colorado Fire, the Monterey County Health Department on Sunday was advising residents to boil their tap water and/or use bottled water for drinking and cooking.
Review: 2020 Decision to Defend Central Coast Fire Station Nearly Cost LivesA firefighting crew’s decision to stay and defend its beloved station on California’s central coast nearly cost the lives of 14 firefighters who were overrun by flames, according to a report released Friday by an organization that promotes firefighter safety.
Sonoma State Receives $1M Grant To Study California Wildfires, Forest HealthSonoma State University has received a $1.1 million grant from the National Science Foundation to study the effect of wildfires on forest health in California and to create virtual educational activities.
Yosemite Rolls Out Winter Lottery for Summer Camping at Popular SiteYosemite National Park is so popular during peak summer season that it's now testing a pilot program for campers: A winter lottery in which winners get a chance to make early reservations.
A's Stadium Environmental Impact Report Clears Oakland Planning Commission, City Council NextFollowing a recommendation by the Oakland Planning Commission on Wednesday evening, the City Council will consider whether to certify an environmental report for a new Oakland A's ballpark in the city.
California Water Districts To Get More Supply Than Planned After Wet Winter StormsLast month's wet winter storms led California officials on Thursday to announce they'll release more water than initially planned from state storage to local agencies that provide water for 27 million people and vast swaths of farmland.
Marin Water Officials May Lift Penalties For Too Much Usage After Wet Start To Rainy SeasonWater officials are considering lifting penalties for residents who use too much water, now that supply is looking much better for many parts of the Bay Area.
Feds Announce $50B Plan To Fight Western Wildfires Where Forests Meet CivilizationThe Biden administration said Tuesday it will significantly expand efforts to stave off catastrophic wildfires that have torched areas of the U.S. West by more aggressively thinning forests around “hot spots” where nature and neighborhoods collide.
Caltrans Predicts Highway 37 To Be Permanently Flooded by Mid-Century; Seeks Solutions For Vital CorridorWith San Francisco Bay Area sea levels expected to rise two to five feet by the end of the century, it's predicted that most of state Route 37 will likely become permanently inundated by the mid-century or as soon as 2040, according to the California Department of Transportation, thus cutting off a major regional transportation route.
Salmon Returning To Bay Area Waterways Following Record RainsHundreds of salmon are returning to Bay Area streams for the first time in years, all thanks to the region's record-high levels of rain in October.
Sunnyvale Looks To Fight Off Crow Invasion In Downtown With Lasers; Plan Faces PushbackThe City of Sunnyvale is set to launch a pilot program by the end of January that will use green laser pointers to discourage crows from gathering by the hundreds in the downtown area.
Small Crew With Army Corps Of Engineers Helps Keep Bay Clean And SafeA small group with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is on a mission to keep the Bay safe, which sometimes involves highly-specialized operations with the U.S. Coast Guard.