Environment Image

Santa Clara County Environment Overview

California Local Pin Marker Get To Know A Group

The association aims to preserve, protect and restore the diversity of native plants in California’s grasslands—the most threatened ecosystem in the state. The organization provides educational programs, training, and field experiences for members and the general public to accomplish its goals.

California Local Pin Marker Local Environment Digest

Ghostly Tulare Lake Will Be Revived This Year


California was once home to the largest freshwater lake west of the Mississippi River, but Tulare Lake disappeared as water was diverted to irrigate crops. This year, however, the lake will once again re-emerge.

E-bikes Are an Environmental Dream—Except in Nature


The boom in electric-powered bicycling is reducing car travel, lowering carbon emissions and introducing homebodies to the great outdoors. But the activity is on a collision course with an equally cherished environmental ideal: peace and quiet.

California Local Pin Marker Recent Articles

Image caption: Just because record rains have been falling, the state’s water crisis remains.
What Is Drought? Probably Not What You Think

2023’s torrential rainstorms have eased California's drought conditions. But there’s a lot more to drought than the amount of rain, and this drought isn't over yet.

Image caption: Heavy storms prompted the state to extend tax deadlines for most California residents.
Storms Could Make Newsom’s Budget Problems Worse

Climate change driven storms are creating new problems for Gavin Newsom and California's budget process, which is already reeling from a projected $25 billion deficit that emerged after a $97 billion surplus disappeared.

Gilroy Dispatch logo LOCAL NEWS
Photos: Winter persists in Gilroy

The wild and suspenseful saga that is the winter of 2023 continues, with the latest chapter bringing rare snowfall to South Valley—not just once, but multiple times since last week—blanketing the hills above Morgan Hill, Gilroy and Hollister with accumulated …

Gilroy Dispatch logo LOCAL NEWS
Week begins with more snow in the hills, rain and thunder in the valley

The hills east of San Jose and mountains of San Benito County are likely to see more snow and more windy, dangerous conditions this afternoon, based on the latest winter weather advisory from the National Weather Service. Forecasters late Sunday, …

Image caption: Dianne Feinstein began her career in government six years before current Gov. Gavin Newsom was born.
Dianne Feinstein ‘Charted Own Path’ in Legendary Career

Dianne Feinstein, California's longtime senior U.S. Senator, has announced she will end a legendary career in public life that began in 1961 and took off amidst the turbulent, violent era of San Francisco in the 1970s.

Image caption: Kevin McCarthy (CA-20) is the new House Speaker, but his constituents remain badly short of water.
CNN: Kevin McCarthy AWOL on Central Valley Water Crisis

Kevin McCarthy has reached the top position in the U.S. House, but has still fallen short in addressing the ongoing water crisis in his owndistrict, a new CNN.com report says.

Image caption: Sean de Guzman of the California Department of Water Resources conducts the first snow survey of the 2023 season at Phillips Station in the Sierra Nevada Mountains on Jan. 3.
Is California’s Drought Over?

A dozen days of wet and wild weather haven’t ended the drought, and won't cure the driest period in the West in the past 1,200 years.

Image caption: Gov. Gavin Newsom has proposed $6 billion in cuts to programs designed to fight climate change.
As Storm Batters California, Newsom Calls for Climate Cuts

With a projected $25 billion deficit, Newsom proposes slashing $6 billion from climate change programs even as a historic storm likely driven by climate change batters the state.

San Jose Inside logo LOCAL NEWS
Does a Pending El Niño Takeover of La Niña Explain This Winter’s Weather?

Experts are predicting that by next summer or fall, El Niño will probably be in place, which could bode well for California and the West’s water outlook for several years.

Image caption: Explaining California is hard work! But at California Local, we were up for it throughout 2022.
Explaining California in 2022: Our 10 Best Explainers of the Year

2022 was a year that needed a lot of explaining. And California Local was there. Here are our 10 most important explanatory journalism stories from the year gone by, from immigration to cryptocurrency to wealth inequality and more.

Upcoming Meetings & Events
California Local Pin Marker
Enviromental Design and Protection Committee Meeting
Tuesday April 11 2023   5:45 PM

Select Twitter Feed From Menu
Select Facebook Feed From Menu