Eco News

Elkhorn Slough Pollution Prompts Petition

Aerial view showing the Pick-n-Pull's proximity to Elkhorn Slough. Photo by Joel Avila/Hawkeye Aerial Photography.

Last winter, the Ecological Rights Foundation tested stormwater flowing into Elkhorn Slough from the nearby Pick-n-Pull and found lead and copper in the runoff. Now it wants Monterey County officials to overturn the auto dismantling facility’s recent 10-year permit renewal, citing danger to sea otter pups and other Slough inhabitants.

A Weekend of Earth Day

The weekend's unrivaled main event takes place Saturday at San Lorenzo Park. Photo from

Earth Day doesn't happen until Wednesday, April 22, but Santa Cruz is set to begin celebrating early, with an official Earth Day celebration this Saturday the 18th. So, we ask, why not make a weekend of it?

Music, Mole and Mini Fashion Moguls

Dancers in brilliant attire make Mole and Mariachis a truly festive affair. Photo by Dusty Nelson.

This year's Summer Series at the Mission Adobe heads in a fashionable new direction.

Good News for Coastal Rail Trail

These West Cliff Drive riders will be able to pedal all the way to Coast Dairies soon (hopefully). Photo by Richard Masoner/CC.

Want to ride your bike from Santa Cruz to Four-Mile Beach without the sheer terror of negotiating Highway 1? Well, get ready. A 4.6-mile segment of the proposed Coastal Rail Trail is now a finalist for federal funding.

Bike Santa Cruz County: New Name, Same Goal

Piet Canin of Ecology Action addresses bike advocates gathered for the renaming of People Power. The new organization is called Bike Santa Cruz County.

People Power gets a new name—and, its leaders hope, a new big-tent constituency for its continued mission of bike advocacy.

The Santa Cruz MTB Fest Rides Again

It's a singletrack smorgasbord this year at the Festival, which is just 1.5 miles from a serious network of trails.

The Santa Cruz Mountain Bike Festival gears up for its return to downtown Santa Cruz and its singletrack roots.

Hugging Trees for Health And Humanity

This guy got the memo about the health benefits of nature. Photo by Dylan Parker/CC.

Science keeps affirming what nature-lovers already know.

Surfing The Seafloor

A sea star photographed just off the coast of Asilomar State Beach. USGS photo.

USGS video and photographs of the seabed along the California coast are now available on a public portal.

Mission Adobe Gets Its Virtual Closeup

The USF-CyArk team trains the Leica C10 3D laser scanner on the walls of the Mission Adobe during the March 21 scanning session. Hannah Moore photo.

An Oakland nonprofit dedicated to digitally preserving the world's cultural heritage sites visits the Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park.

Seymour Center's Got Your Goat

Alas, the goats rarely smile for photos. Photo by Allison B. Titus.

A herd of 450 Boer goats is clearing brush at the Seymour Center in a very goatlike way: by eating it.