Lagoon “Emergency” Du Jour

December 20, 2010

When we noticed, last week, that a 6 foot high tide was projected to arrive together with a 14 foot swell on the morning of December 20, it wasn’t hard to predict what we would find if we headed down to the Carmel River Lagoon this morning …

Sure enough! Waves have been overtopping the bar and creating yet another Carmel River Lagoon “emergency.”

For more information on this continuing series of unforeseeable “emergencies,” see our previous Carmel River related posts.

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Rainy Day Foray

December 4, 2010

There’s nothing quite like the sight of chanterelles (Cantharellus californicus) pushing up through wet leaves. Read the rest of this entry »


Desal Deal Goes Down

December 3, 2010

Public officials and amazingly well-informed and articulate members of the public (together with a smaller number of “agreement-as-written” proponents) waste their time by packing the Monterey City Council Chambers on June 28, 2010, to explain to a member of the PUC and Administrative Law Judge, Angela Minkin, the multitude of problems with the desal agreement.

The long spring and summer of public hearings and public debate over the governing agreement for the new desalination plant were all, it turns out, just public participation theater. Yesterday, the PUC approved the agreement pretty much as originally written, acknowledging none of the serious problems and rejecting even the weak improvements recommended by their own Administrative Law Judge. Read the rest of this entry »