Porta Potties and Dirty Buses: Hearst Castle Cuts Down Water Use in Response to Drought

Visitors to Hearst Castle can expect to see some changes as California combats its worst drought in years.

California State Parks is implementing stage 3 of its drought contingency plan in an effort to cut back on water use at the former San Simeon estate of newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst.


Rising Seas, Worsening Wildfires Endanger California Parks

Of all the existential threats California parks face — dwindling budgets, more visitors and costly, long-deferred maintenance — now comes a climate-driven conundrum: When is a park no longer a park? When its namesake trees disappear in a barrage of lightning strikes? When its very land is washed away by ever-rising seas?

San Onofre Nuclear Plant Installs Radiation Monitoring System

The San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station has unveiled a monitoring system that collects readings of the radiation emitted by the used-up nuclear fuel that is housed in a newly constructed storage facility at the plant.

Three monitors feed information directly to the California Department of Public Health’s Radiologic Health Branch, which will post a monthly report on the data to the department’s website for the public to access. The readings will also be sent to California State Parks and the city of San Juan Capistrano.