Environment

Environment

San Jose avoids flooding with recent rain

This year’s winter may not be deluging San Jose in atmospheric rivers, but officials are still preparing for another wet season. San Jose just experienced its first heavy rainfall of the season, receiving between one-half inch to 1.5 inches of rain over the past three days, according to the National Weather Service. During this time,...

San Jose starts preparing for wet winter weather

San Jose officials are gearing up for a wave of expected atmospheric rivers this winter as the rainy season hits the region. The rain has started light, but San Jose leaders say they are preparing for another abnormally wet season. The National Weather Service indicates Wednesday’s rain will continue through the weekend, bringing in nearly...

Sunnyvale officials nix artificial turf on athletic field

For North Sunnyvale residents near Lakewood Park, the grass is literally greener on the other side of town. Residents who live in a historically underserved, low-income community fought to add more green spaces in their neighborhood at Tuesday’s Sunnyvale City Council meeting. They convinced councilmembers to switch plans from installing artificial turf to grass on...

San Jose is one of the nation’s greenest cities

San Jose places in the top 10 overall “greenest” cities in the country. The city ranked sixth out of the 100 most populous cities in the country based on a combination of four factors — environment, transportation, energy sources, and lifestyle and policy — according to a new ranking from personal finance outlet WalletHub.  San...

San Jose will grow urban canopy with federal funds

San Jose is about to get greener thanks to a federal grant to help expand its urban tree canopy. The U.S. Forest Service awarded San Jose $6.6 million on Sept. 22 to plant, maintain and restore trees across the city. It’s part of a $1 billion program funded by the U.S. Inflation and Reduction Act giving...

Will San Jose’s Coyote Valley cater to tourists?

With Coyote Valley shielded from urban development through 2040, San Jose’s long defended southern reserve is now being eyed for tourism. Some local property owners would like to see a six-mile stretch of Monterey Road—from Metcalf Road to Morgan Hill—developed with restaurants, wineries, motels and bed and breakfasts. But environmental advocates who for years fought to...

Silicon Valley water district helps the homeless and environment

Valley Water is introducing two new approaches to combating pollution created by homeless encampments near creeks—portable toilets and debit cards. The water district announced earlier this week that it will place portable toilets and wash stations at 20 key sites near homeless encampments along the creeks through an initiative called the Portable Toilet Facilities Program....