Posts Tagged ‘Water Quality’

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‘Because I can,’ Nipomo GM says as he resigns

Michael LeBrun

Nipomo Community Services District General Manager Michael LeBrun has announced he is resigning, a CSD press release states. LeBrun plans to retire by early 2016. Separately from the press release, LeBrun sent an email to media explaining his decision. “Why... (Continue reading)

Erin Brokovich denounces Nipomo water additive

Erin Brockovich

Environmental activist Erin Brokovich spoke out on Facebook last week against the Nipomo Community Services District’s plan to switch from chlorine to chloramine to disinfect water. As of Tuesday, the district will begin using chloramine to disinfect water arriving in... (Continue reading)

Mysterious oil spotted off Goleta coast

off shore oil

A little more than two months after thousands of gallons of oil spilled along the Gaviota coast, a mysterious layer of oil appeared offshore of the nearby Goleta Beach. [LA Times] Around 11 a.m. Wednesday, kayakers spotted oil about 1,000... (Continue reading)

SLO water exceeds chemical compound limit


A chemical compound that is a by-product of chlorine has exceeded the drinking water safety limit in at least some San Luis Obispo households. City water monitors recently discovered that the amount of trihalomethanes in a water supply sample exceeded... (Continue reading)

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)

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