Category Archives: California State Parks

Local freshwater swimming holes not so fresh after all

Heal the Bay report finds high fecal indicators Source of this article: The Thousand Oaks Acorn, July 9, 2015 At Heal the Bay, we care about water quality and public health. Our Beach Report Card has been helping beachgoers and … Continue reading

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A Cast of Characters: The Creation of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area

Source of this article: KCET.org, June 25, 2015 The public is so often chastised for not really hanging in to achieve action on a particular cause. This reaffirms the need for really hanging in. All those people who worked — … Continue reading

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Know your trail etiquette?

Common sense is the rule of the off-road Source of this article: The Thousand Oaks Acorn, June 25, 2015 With hundreds of miles of walking, cycling and equestrian paths, the Santa Monica Mountains and Ventura County backcountry are a magnet … Continue reading

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Santa Barbara oil spill: Pipeline operator has long record of problems

Plains Pipeline, whose oil pipe ruptured in Santa Barbara County, has high rate of safety infractions Source of this article: The Los Angeles Times, May 21, 2015 Plains Pipeline, the large Texas-based company responsible for the pipe that ruptured in … Continue reading

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Officials assess damage from big oil spill on Santa Barbara County coast

Cleanup effort of 21,000-gallon oil spill continues off Santa Barbara County coast Source of this article: The Los Angeles Times, May 20, 2015 Cleanup crews on Wednesday began the delicate process of removing oil from fouled beaches after a 21,000-gallon oil … Continue reading

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Volunteers remove invasive crayfish from Malibu Creek watershed

A small army aims to eliminate crayfish from the Santa Monica Mountains’ streams and rivers in 3 years Source of this article: The Los Angeles Times, April 5, 2015 As the morning sun peeked over a mountain ridge on Saturday, … Continue reading

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Scouting the trails of newly re-opened Pt Mugu State Park

Here is what I found when I rode all the multi-use trails a few days after Pt Mugu State Park re-opened on January 30th. The park had been closed since mid-December when heavy rains brought mudslides to the fire-denuded park. … Continue reading

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Panel urges state parks reform

Attracting more ethnically diverse, younger users is a key element of two-year turnaround plan. Source of this article: The Los Angeles Time, January 30, 2015 When visitors arrive at a state-run park these days, they may find disrepair after years … Continue reading

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State Parks team with Google to attract a new generation of visitors

Agency teams with Google for virtual exploring as part of an effort to draw the next generation of visitors Source of this article: The Los Angeles Times, October 8, 2014 Three months ago, a group of Google contractors began walking … Continue reading

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Rindge Dam closes to the public

Rindge Dam on Malibu Creek will be closed to the public starting Aug. 21. Source of this article: The Thousand Oaks Acorn, August 21, 2014 California State Parks officials say the 88-year-old dam is being closed for a variety of … Continue reading

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