Water Agency Sets Meeting to Discuss State of the Basin Report

May 23, 2015

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The Salinas Valley

The Monterey County Water Resources Agency is inviting the pubic to attend a workshop on Tuesday, May 26, at the Monterey County Office of Education Meeting Rooms, 901 Blanco Circle, in Salinas, where the findings of the State of the Salinas River Groundwater Basin Report will be “discussed and clarified.” Read the rest of this entry »

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43 California Communities Now Using Less Water Per Person Per Day Than the Monterey Peninsula

May 20, 2015

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The silted up San Clemente Dam awaits demolition

Recently published residential water consumption figures show residents of the Monterey Peninsula increasing their water use to an average of 54.2 gallons per person per day during March. This is up a bit from the 52 gallons per person per day used in January and February and drops the Monterey Peninsula from 29th place in the statewide water conservation sweepstakes, down to 44th. At 50 gallons per person per day, King City residents remain the best water conservationists in Monterey County. Read the rest of this entry »


Seawater Intrusion and the Drought

May 10, 2015

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Salinas River Mouth

There’s a giant hole under the city of Salinas; a hole that stretches all the way across the valley from the mouth of Toro Creek to the base of Fremont Peak. There, on the East Side, it reaches its greatest depth; more than 100 feet below sea level. It’s a hole in the head elevation of the groundwater table and it’s the reason why the Salinas Valley has a seawater intrusion problem. Read the rest of this entry »


Monterey Peninsula Too Busy Congratulating Itself on Saving Water to Actually Focus on Saving Water

April 13, 2015

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Plenty of warm days and beautiful sunsets, but not enough rain

Local officials have been arguing for years that there is little more the residents of the Monterey Peninsula can do to conserve water because they already use less water per capita than anyone else in the state. Back in November, we noted that this simply wasn’t true. We pointed out that our local Cal-Am service area actually ranked 68th in the state in per capita water use. Read the rest of this entry »


Human Sacrifice Only Way Forward Say Mayors

April 1, 2015

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Airport expansion project gone awry or Aztec-inspired sacrificial?

The mayors of the Monterey Peninsula admitted today that the mammoth cinder block monument rising menacingly skyward along the side of Highway 68 is not really related to airport expansion, but is instead a modern sacrificial meant to propitiate the gods of the State Water Resources Control Board. Read the rest of this entry »


Up Against the Wall: Steelhead and the Carmel Lagoon Ecosystem Protective Barrier

February 9, 2015

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The Carmel River Lagoon in 1947 (Laidlaw Williams photo)

There’s been some uproar lately over the plan to build a flood barrier in the Carmel River Lagoon and people have been asking on social media and elsewhere why anyone would propose to place such an assumed-to-be-ugly wall along the northern margin of such a beautiful wetland. A better question may be whether we can find a way to live our lives that doesn’t prevent steelhead from living at all. Either way, it’s a long story… Read the rest of this entry »


Will 2015 be Another 2013, or is January Just Not Part of the Rainy Season Anymore?

January 16, 2015

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As the flow of the Carmel River becomes too weak to resist the power of the sea, waves rebuild the sandbar.

Remember how in we got a lot of rain in the fall of 2012? Monterey logged 9.59 inches for November and December that year. The average for those two months is only 5.41 inches. Read the rest of this entry »