Remembering Alta Vista: An Historic Big Sur Homestead Lost in the Basin Complex Fire

November 24, 2009

Alta Vista in 2005

While we realize that nothing is forever and that acceptance of impermanence and change is the first step on the road to happiness and enlightenment, we still haven’t been able to shake a strong sense of loss over the enormous amount of Big Sur history wiped out by the Basin Complex Fire. Read the rest of this entry »

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San Clemente Dam to be Torn Down After All?

November 16, 2009

The silted-up, unsafe, San Clemente Dam

With its reservoir filled in, the San Clemente Dam is useless for water storage. It prevents steelhead from reaching their spawning grounds and, as the nearly 90 year old structure is fragile enough to fail in even a moderate earthquake, it poses a serious threat to downstream communities. Read the rest of this entry »


Second Carmel Lagoon “Emergency” in Less Than a Month

November 7, 2009

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The water rises

Heavy surf began throwing waves over the sandbar late last night and by four in the morning a new “emergency” had been declared and the County Dozers were back in action trying to breach the bar and keep the water out of the lagoon-bottom homes. Read the rest of this entry »


Gathering Boletes

November 6, 2009

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King Bolete, Porcini, Cep, Steinpilz … no matter what language you speak, Boletus edulis is one of the world’s most prized mushrooms. Read the rest of this entry »


Order WR 2009-0060: State Water Board Cracks Down on Cal-Am’s Carmel River Water Addiction

November 3, 2009

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The Carmel River

A few weeks ago, Monterey Peninsula residents were treated to an unusual spectacle as much of the local business and political leadership boarded busses for Sacramento for a humiliating session of begging and pleading with the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB). Read the rest of this entry »