coastal environment

Longtime Inland Empire journalist and KVCR contributor Cassie MacDuff and KVCR's Ken Vincent review some of the Inland Empire's top news stories this week, including:

OC Resgister, courtesy OC Health Care Agency

Orange County environmental quality officials have ordered a section of beach between Huntington Beach and Newport Beach closed following a sewage spill into the ocean.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.

Scientists say the fate of some sea lions this year may not be much better than last year, when 3,300 pups were stranded.  As Capital Public Radio's Amy Quinton reports, California lawmakers heard from experts about the outlook for 2016.

Amy Standen, KQED

The top executive at the California Coastal commission is now out of a job.  The move last night (Wednesday) to fire Charles Lester follows weeks of speculation that the commission was bowing to pro-development interests.  As KCBX reporter Jordan Bell tells the California Report, yesterday’s marathon meeting drew hundreds of coastal defenders from across the state.

Communities up and down the coast are grappling with the potential effects of rising sea levels.  Now the California Coastal Commission is providing some guidance.  Capital Public Radio's Katie Orr reports on action taken yesterday [Wednesday].

Some scientists say the giant toxic algal bloom off the west coast could be an indication of a warming ocean and climate change.  Capital Public Radio's Lesley McClurg explains.

West Coast Algae Bloom Could Be Biggest Ever

Aug 6, 2015

Scientists say the toxic algae bloom off the west coast could be the largest ever recorded. It stretches from Central California to Alaska.  Capital Public Radio's Lesley McClurg has more.

Land Conservation Deal Lauded

Jul 30, 2015

US Senate Attempt s to Permanently Reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund. Rick Dulock shares this report from KVCR's Matt Guilhem.

California Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency for Santa Barbara County on Wednesday in response to a broken pipeline which could have spilled up to 105,000 gallons of crude oil into the Pacific Ocean. The oil slick has spread over a nine-mile area near Refugio State park up the coast from Santa Barbara, where it's threatening wildlife.  KVCR News aired this report from The California Report's Jordan Bell.

Governor Jerry Brown has revised his plan to restore habitat in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, much to the dismay of environmantal groups. The plan includes design changes for the proposed twin tunnels that would carry water south. Capitol Public Radio's Amy Quinton reports.

The endangered white abalone was once abundant along the California coast.  But decades of overfishing devastated the sea snail population.  As Capital Public Radio's Amy Quinton reports, researchers' attempts to bring back the abalone are paying off.