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July 24, 2024

Students lead charge against global water crisis

Water image
Imagine embarking on a five-hour journey every morning, not to an exotic destination, but to your kitchen sink. Picture a 25-pound container, not filled with books for school, but with water that's scarcely clean, strapped to your back. This is not a challenge from...

County Parks closing trails temporarily to complete healthy-forest projects

John Nicholas trail
As part of the Sanborn and Upper Stevens Creek Forest Health Plan, adopted in August 2023 by the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors, Santa Clara County Parks is closing a few hiking trails. The closures are necessary, officials say, in order to put vital...

Water district’s creek cleanup program grows

cleaning up trash
Over the last decade, Valley Water has continued to spend more money on cleaning up homeless encampments around Silicon Valley. In fiscal year 2013-14, the regional water wholesaler put $786,085 into the initiative. That grew to $1.5 million just a few years later, then...

State Parks announces expansion of Castle Rock State Park

Castle Rock State Park photo
California State Parks and the Sempervirens Fund announced permanent additions to expand Castle Rock State Park in Los Gatos on Aug. 15.  The $4.21 million in acquisitions for six properties by State Parks are the first for the agency in the Santa Cruz Park District...

California talks next steps after conserving 631K acres in one year

California kelp bed
California Natural Resources Secretary Wade Crowfoot on June 21 shared California's progress on the 30X30 plan, a goal to protect 30% of the state's land and coastal waters by 2030.  California has preserved nearly 1,000 square miles of land and sea in the first year...

San Jose Water fires up solar power stations in Los Gatos and Saratoga

Overlook solar power array in Los Gatos
The publicly traded company that provides Los Gatos with water recently got the go-ahead to fire up two solar power generating stations—one in Los Gatos and one in Saratoga. Together they’ll help keep about 21 tons of greenhouse gasses out of the atmosphere each year,...

Mountains offer testing ground for new wildfire prevention philosophy

Earth Force CEO speaks
While meeting in the scorching heat at Trinity Bible Church in Felton on a recent Friday afternoon, a group was awaiting a tour of Fall Creek where they’d receive a history lesson about the complex interplay between tan oaks, Douglas fir and coast redwoods...

344 pounds of electronic junk, 52 tires, 20 mattresses…

Santa Clara County is reminding residents about a six-month-old website where people can report illegal dumping.  The site, www.cleanupscc.org, was launched last November using a $2 million grant from CalRecycle, the state agency that oversees waste management and recycling. Since its inception, citizen reports to the...

Cal Fire donates more money to improve Los Gatos Creek watershed

"thank you for Being"
The Los Gatos Creek Watershed Collaborative was awarded a $6,336,790 Cal Fire Forest Health Grant to continue work in the watershed, incorporating new treatment areas with Aldercroft Heights Firewise and Lupin Lodge, the Santa Clara County FireSafe Council announced May 2.  This forest health project...

County suffered $15.4M in road damage during storms

snow in Los Gatos
Santa Clara County suffered an estimated $15.4 million in damage to local roadways during the winter storms that doused the West Coast in the first three months of the year, according to county officials. The initial storms during the end of December 2022 and throughout...

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