Environment

Environment

SLO County supervisors vote to take on groundwater management oversight

In a significant shift in their own policy, the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors decided the county will take on the responsibility of groundwater planning and management in unincorporated areas to the tune of at least $1.6 million a year. The board voted 3-2 Tuesday, March 7, 2017, to strike out parts of a policy passed last November regarding how the county will comply with the state’s Sustainable Groundwater Management Act.

Environment

SLO County supervisors cast split vote opposing proposed Chumash marine sanctuary

The San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors heard from 100 local residents Tuesday for and against a board resolution to oppose the proposed Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary. Sanctuary supporters said it would prevent offshore oil drilling; opponents said it could harm the fishing industry. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will decide whether to add the Chumash site to a list of national marine sanctuaries.

Videos

Watch sea otters (and their pups) play, spin and swim near Morro Bay

About 30 otters, some with pups, visited the South T-Pier at Morro Bay harbor in March 2017.
Joe Johnston The Tribune
Watch sea otters (and their pups) play, spin and swim near Morro Bay 2:45

Watch sea otters (and their pups) play, spin and swim near Morro Bay

Advocates of the Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary explain why they support it 5:11

Advocates of the Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary explain why they support it

Why this hiker is fighting the relocation of Ontario Ridge Trail near Avila Beach 1:28

Why this hiker is fighting the relocation of Ontario Ridge Trail near Avila Beach

Beached gray whale found at Pismo State Beach 0:55

Beached gray whale found at Pismo State Beach