Category: Environment

Quick Hitting Pacific Storm to Roll Through This Afternoon and Evening

Big Bear, CA, March 11, 2016 – A fast-moving but vigorous Pacific cold front will sweep across our region from this afternoon through this evening. This system will spread brief heavy rain, high mountain snow, and strong winds to the area. There will also be isolated thunderstorms over the coast, valleys and mountains. The main impact will be widespread wind gusts over 40 mph. Secure loose objects such as garbage cans and lawn furniture. When you’re on the road, slow down. Crosswinds make it harder to control vehicles, especially high profile and/or lightweight vehicles. If driving in the desert, visibility...

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Southern California Mountains Foundation Seeks Public Comment

Big Bear, CA, March 9, 2016 – The nonprofit Southern California Mountains Foundation is  seeking public comments on the State of California Off Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division preliminary grant application for the 2015/2016 grant cycle. The State of California Department of Parks and Recreation, Southern California Mountains Foundation,  and the San Bernardino National Forest have maintained a successful long term partnership with  funding assistance for well managed OHV recreation on National Forest lands. The Mountains Foundation’s Education and Safety application includes a strong emphasis on education  both on and off the forest, printing of educational materials including San Bernardino National Forest  OHV Guides. To review applications and provide comments go to OHVPARKS. The public review and comment period for the 2016 Grants and Cooperative Agreements Program began Tuesday, March 8, 2016, and ends on Monday, April 4, 2016. This period provides an opportunity for the public to review the   preliminary applications submitted to ...

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El Nino, Not Quite The Blockbuster Many Had Hoped For

Big Bear, CA, February 29th, 2016 – After a sunny February, the hopes that El Nino storms would go a long way toward restoring California’s water supplies and correcting the damage done by years of drought are now fading. Instead, the new assumption is that in April, the state government will renew strict rules mandating water conservation in local water districts for another year. “It’s already a less dire situation, given the precipitation we have received so far this winter. But it would have to rain almost every day — storm after storm after storm — in March for there to be no drought rules this summer,” Max Gomberg, a top official with the State Water Resources Control Board. Nevertheless, this dry period isn’t as bad news for the region as it might seem, because the giant Metropolitan Water District of Southern California gets 30 percent of its water from Northern California via the State Water Project’s 444-mile-long aqueduct. As of Feb. 22, the Sierra Nevada snow pack, which feeds the state water system, was 94 percent of normal. Northern California and the Pacific Northwest have gotten soaked, while Southern California has been left pretty dry (with a few notable exceptions). Many of California’s most populous cities haven’t witnessed an especially remarkable winter to date. This isn’t quite the blockbuster year that many had hoped for (especially in the south). The...

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Prepare for Flooding Before it Occurs – Local Agencies Offer Free Sandbags

  Big Bear, CA, February 22nd, 2016 – Floods are the most common natural disaster in the United States.  In fact, flooding causes more than $2 billion in property damage every year.  The effects of El Nin?o could continue well into March, and Big Bear Fire Department encourages all Valley residents and businesses to plan ahead.  Agencies within Big Bear Valley have stocked up with sand and sandbags to help the Valley’s residents protect their homes and businesses in the event that flooding occurs. Properly placed sandbags should redirect water, mud and debris reducing the risk of property damage.  Local authorities suggest getting...

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Caltrans Gives Tips for Reducing Water Pollution During Rainy Season

Big Bear, CA, February 21st, 2016 – As we head further into the rainy season and await more of the heavy rains predicted as part of “El Nino,” there are several steps that Californians can take to reduce the pollution that runs off cars and highways and causes increased storm water pollution. By following the tips below, drivers can help do their part to reduce pollution in our waterways during the rainy season: Inspect and maintain your car regularly: Vehicles that are not maintained are a key source of storm water pollution. Visual inspection and routine maintenance go a...

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