Blog Archive: November 2015

‘King tides,’ when sun, moon align, could flood California coast

LOS ANGELES — Exceptionally high tides along the California coast could bring flooding to low-lying areas like marinas and beach parking lots. The National Weather Service says so-called “king tides,” starting Tuesday could affect areas from San Francisco Bay down to Southern California. The highest level of the week will be Wednesday.

Big Wave Challenge kicks-off at Dive N’ Surf featuring Greg Noll

The waiting period for the South Bay Big Wave Challenge starts this Saturday with a kick off at the Dive N’ Surf shop in Redondo Beach. Legendary big wave rider Greg Noll will be the guest of honor. The Big Wave Challenge is in its fifth year and is organized by the South Bay Boardriders Club. The concept is simple. Whoever catches the biggest wave and has it photographed between November 7, 2015 and April 1, 2016 wins an as yet unspecified cash prize. The wave must be caught between the borderlines of “Indicators” in Palos Verdes to the south and El Segundo’s “Hammerland” to the north.

Crews finish work on Hyperion pipeline that might have prompted medical waste spill

Los Angeles sanitation officials on Monday announced the completion of a pipe replacement project that may have contributed to a spill in which more than a ton of medical and personal hygiene waste washed onto South Bay beaches in September. Condoms, tampon applicators, syringes and other waste that began showing up on Dockweiler State Beach and surrounding beaches on Sept. 23 may have been part of debris that was dislodged from a one-mile backup pipe that was brought back online while a longer, five-mile pipe that normally serves the Hyperion sewage treatment plant underwent maintenance.

California dead tree ‘emergency’ could fuel wildfires, El Niño floods

Calling it “the worst epidemic of tree mortality in modern history,” Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency this week, asking for swift removal of dried-out trees either through controlled burns or as feed for biomass energy plants. The four-year drought has already killed 22 million trees in the state and most likely will destroy tens of millions more, according to a dead-tree census performed by the U.S. Forest Service.

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