Posts Tagged ‘Water Quality’


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Algal bloom reaches record levels

Algae bloom

A harmful algal bloom that runs from the Central Coast of California to Washington State, has reached an unprecedented size. The concentrations of domoic acid appear to be the highest ever recorded along California’s Central Coast. [Santa Cruz Sentinel] As... (Continue reading)

Oil spill cleanup continues, few animals impacted

elephant seal

Three days after thousands of gallons of oil from a ruptured pipeline poured into the ocean west of Goleta, officials report three dead pelicans and one dead common dolphin, though the cause of dolphin’s death has not been determined. A... (Continue reading)

Lawsuit claims wines contain dangerous arsenic levels

A Lawsuit filed Thursday against more than two-dozen wineries claims they are producing low-cost wines that contain dangerously, high levels of arsenic, according to the lawsuit filed in Los Angele Superior Court. The suit claims dozens of wineries are violating... (Continue reading)

Environmental group sues Cambria CSD over water project

By JOSH FRIEDMAN A San Luis Obispo County environmental group has filed a lawsuit against the Cambria Community Services District, alleging that the district has breached state law in rushing through its approximately $9 million emergency water supply project. The... (Continue reading)

Water board lifts septic tank orders on 38 Los Osos homes

By JOSH FRIEDMAN Against the recommendation of its staff, the Central Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board has rescinded orders that required some Los Osos homeowners to spend thousands of dollars treating their septic tanks while waiting for the construction... (Continue reading)

Is it time for a forensic audit of the South County sanitation district?

By KAREN VELIE Amid allegations of mismanagement, the South San Luis Obispo County Sanitation District’s former administrator stepped down, and less than a year later the plant is operating cleaner at less than 50 percent the cost, according to financial... (Continue reading)

County failing to properly re-pave Los Osos

OPINION By BARRY LE BEL During the last year as the Los Osos wastewater project has moved forward, it has become apparent that there is a real problem with the quality of the re-paving throughout our community. While getting any... (Continue reading)

Central Coast ground water quality poorest in state

By KAREN VELIE In southern San Luis Obispo County and northern Santa Barbara County researchers found more wells with high concentrations of nitrates, arsenic and molybdenum than anywhere else in the state, according to a recent report by the U.S.... (Continue reading)

Los Osos sewer contractor dumping millions of gallons of water into Morro Bay

By JOSH FRIEDMAN Every three days, contractor W.A. Rasic dumps more water into Morro Bay than an Olympic-size pool can hold. It’s part of the Los Osos Wastewater Project, putting in a sewer system for the area. As workers dig... (Continue reading)

Whiskey’s for drink’n, water’s for dumping

OPINION By JULIE TACKER Millions of gallons of groundwater of unknown water quality is currently being dumped into the Morro Bay National Estuary 24/7. The Los Osos Wastewater Project’s “last resort” location has become “Option 1″ to discharge dewatering water... (Continue reading)



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