San Juan Bautista City Well #6. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Environment / Nature

San Juan Bautista explores new solutions for water problems

City Council targets reducing chlorides with a potential ban on water softeners and technology to remove nitrates from well water.

Settling Pond at the San Juan Wastewater Treatment Plant. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Government / Politics

San Juan Bautista selects path to resolve water problems

City will send waste water to Hollister and import water from West Hills Water Treatment Plant.

City Well #1. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Environment / Nature

BL Special Report: San Juan Bautista’s water problems reaching critical mass

City facing substantial fine for its continued inability to process large amounts of pollutants discharged into the Pajaro River, which then enter waterways that empty into Monterey Bay.

City Well #2. Photo by Robert Eliason.

Government / Politics

San Juan City Council receives 80-page water report

Councilman Cesar Flores says the city is facing $800,000 in penalties.

Environment / Nature

Smart water leak detector available for home use

Shawn Novack writes that options include devices that can be connected via Wi-Fi to alert of leaks or other issues.

Irrigation check. Photo provided by Shawn Novack.

Environment / Nature

Water Resources Association provides water-wise landscape tips

Shawn Novack writes that to have enough water in the future, we must avoid wasting water in our homes and gardens today. 

Irrigation check. Photo provided by Shawn Novack.

Environment / Nature

Water Resources Association provides irrigation and landscaping tips

Conservation Program Manager Shawn Novack writes about drought tolerant plants and water efficiency.

Sallie Calhoun (right) talks soils with a Paicines Ranch workshop guest. Photo by Alicia C Arcidiacono.

Features

Q & A: Sallie Calhoun on her No Regrets Initiative

With opportunity comes responsibility. In this interview, Paicines Ranch owner Sallie Calhoun talks about a 10-year commitment that she just "couldn't not do."

Groundwater profile. Image provided by Shawn Novack.

Housing / Land Use

Groundwater plan is moving along

The North San Benito Basin has been classified as a medium-priority basin.

Robbie Brown at the Gavilan College pond on the Gilroy campus. Photo provided by Gavilan College.

Agriculture

Robbie Brown creates sustainability solutions at Gavilan College

New Energy, Education and Facilities Fellow working on water management and conservation.

Drone photo shows close proximity of Southside Road slides to ponds on hill. Photo by Jake Medina.

Housing / Land Use

Report indicates Sunnyslope water pond as cause of Southside Road landslides

‘No apparent evidence’ earthquakes destabilized slope.

Management Services Director Mike Chambless at a Hollister City Council meeting. File photo.

Government / Politics

Hollister City Council approves partial sludge removal

Councilmembers hope it gives city about three years to come up with short, median and long-term plans.

At the San Juan Bautista City Council meeting. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Health

San Juan Bautista gets closer to solving water problems

City Manager expects all issues to be remedied by December.

Image courtesy of Pixabay.

Agriculture

Water Diversion Monitoring and Reporting Training comes to King City October 24

University of California Cooperative Extension has developed a course to help people comply with new regulation concerning water diversion.

San Juan Bautista City Hall. File Photo.

Government / Politics

San Juan Bautista City Council purchases water well

New water source brought on to address system contamination. The council also discussed replacing Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples' Day.