Eco News

A Water Supply for The Future

An August 2014 photo of Loch Lomond shows the "island" of Clar Innis as a peninsula after three years of drought. Hilltromper photo.

What’s being done about Santa Cruz’s water supply situation? A lot, as it turns out. Find out what possible solutions are in store at the Water Supply Showcase on Sept. 9.

Stalking The Giant Sycamore

The Western sycamores at Henry Cowell are notable for their height and mass.  Hilltromper photo.

A unique combination of factors makes Henry Cowell home to the world's largest Western sycamores. Sorry, redwoods—you're not the only arboreal recordholders in these-here hills!

Can Solar Save the World?

Solar City Chairman Elon Musk in Sun Valley Idaho, July 2015. Photo by Thomas Hawk / CC. While he's famous for supercars and rockets, his innovations in the energy marketplace may prove to be his biggest win.

Bill McKibben: “The energy revolution, instead of happening piecemeal, over decades, could take place fast enough to actually help an overheating planet.”

How Do You Mend A Broken Part?

Peter Julber of Santa Cruz Gear Repair readies 'The Beast' for action. Julber's shop mends tents, sleeping bags, backpacks, even leather jackets.

You don’t have to throw away ripped tents, busted backpacks and torn raincoats anymore. The newly opened Santa Cruz Gear Repair—the only outdoor gear repair shop in the Monterey Bay and South Bay areas—fixes them all.

National Monument One Big Step Closer

Sen. Boxer's bill would make the Coast Dairies property part of a monument that extends the length of the California coast. Ian Bornarth photo.

Sen. Boxer's proposal to include Coast Dairies in the California Coastal National Monument completes a story begun in 2000 by Bill Clinton.

Tribe Returns to Land Near Ano Nuevo

Amah Mutsun youths tend patches of angelica, a medicinal plant. Courtesy 'Open Road.'

The Quiroste Valley is once again under the care of native Californians. On Aug. 9, 'Open Road with Doug McConnell' explores how the Amah Mutsun are reviving their traditions with support from Sempervirens Fund and State Parks.

Castro Adobe Receives Grant

Santa Cruz County's only two-story adobe house.

The Adobe has just received a generous $100k grant! What are they gonna do next?

The Deep Turquoise Sea

The view from West Cliff Drive. Photo by Traci Hukill.

Support local art! Marine organisms paint a new blue for Santa Cruz seas

Monument to Honor Native Californians

View from the proposed Cotoni-Coast Dairies National Monument. Photo by Ian Bornarth.

Supervisors approve proposed ‘Cotoni-Coast Dairies National Monument.’

The Coolest Classroom Ever

Celia Lara of O'Neill Sea Odyssey gives fifth graders from Watsonville's Ann Soldo Elementary School  an orientation on the O'Neill Catamaran's mesh deck.

O’Neill Sea Odyssey has brought 80,000 students out onto Monterey Bay to learn about the ocean and how to protect it.