While the Sierra Club and the Loma Prieta Chapter solidly back the High Speed Rail project, building and running a 125-mph HSR line through the heart of the Peninsula may involve the destruction of trees, noise, land use issues, and visual impacts.
Just days after Redwood City and San Mateo County officials proclaimed the month of May "American Wetlands Month," developers proposed a 1,400-acre project that would bring in 30,000 new residents to a nearby area and eliminate any hope of restoring the area into wetlands.
In November, Proposition 1A, allocating $9.6 billion in bond money for High Speed Rail, passed with the Club's support. Now that there are noise concerns, land use challenges, and pending lawsuits, why does the Club continue to support HSR?
To help you keep it all straight, here are some of the players and an outline of the process we've been through and the process that we'll go through before High Speed Rail in California will be, as is the buzzword-du-jour, 'shovel-ready.'
No major infrastructure project, even one with the enormous potential environmental benefits of High Speed Rail, can be built and operated without inconveniencing someone. Here's a rundown of the potential "inconveniences."
This book tells the true-life adventures of college students on a quest to search for the tallest trees in the world, and the story of ancient giants that have inhabited planet earth since long before the age of dinosaurs.
This new biography of John Muir explores the man's extraordinary personality as well as his gift for enabling others to see the hallowed beauty of the natural world. A Passion for Nature is the most extensively researched account to date of this icon of conservation and founder of the Sierra Club.
David Marsland became active in our Chapter's Cool Cities Campaign after three viewings of An Inconvenient Truth. David is Cool Cities co-founder and co-leader for the largest city in the Bay Area, San Jose.