The director of Save the Bay explains what happened to the Cargill salt ponds along the Napa River north of Vallejo - they were reconnected to the tides, bringing restoration of 1,300 acres of tidal marsh for fish and birds, public recreation and protection against sea-level rise - and contrasts that with Cargill's unprecedented scheme to build a new city of 12,000 houses and 30,000 people on similar lands in Redwood City.
Given Cargill’s plans, the Chapter's Executive Committee has established a Chapter-wide Cargill Task Force to oppose the project. The task force will marshal our volunteer resources as we engage with Redwood City in the upcoming public hearing and comment stages of the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the project.
The Environmental Impact Report for Solargen's proposal to build a million pole-mounted solar panels plus all the associated electrical equipment, buildings, and infrastructure on a few thousand acres in Panoche Valley is truly wretched. However, the San Benito County Board of Supervisors approved the project anyway. Now the Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society and the Save Panoche Valley organization have sued in Superior Court.
For a greater understanding of issues specific to energy generation by solar power and an understanding of solar power's cost/benefit analysis, read this compelling article for more reasons why the Solargen's Panoche Valley project is a bad idea.
Chapter volunteers are taking the initiative to keep our programs going despite the lousy political climate and the down economy. We do have a lot of work to do, but I firmly believe that we will continue to grow as an organization because of the enthusiasm and energy that I see around me. It is really gratifying to see everyone pitching in and contributing to help keep the Chapter moving forward.
After a decade or more struggling with multiple myeloma, Ed Smith passed away on December 5, 2010. We will miss the unique poetic manner in which he spoke at meetings. He always thought deeply, and when he talked, he combined an intellectual core with an aesthetic and emotional style. He was persuasive without being aggressive. Ed chaired various Chapter committees for 20 years.
For the second year in a row, the Silicon Valley Community Foundation has awarded the Chapter $50,000 in support of our work furthering innovative land use and transportation plans for the residents of Silicon Valley. The money continues the support for the Chapter's Building Climate-Friendly Communities (BCFC) campaign.
Over 100 members braved rainy weather on December 5 to help honor 25 volunteer activists. Among the honored were Paul Hsieh, who has managed the Chapter's website for a dozen years, and Ginny Laibl, for 25 years of work for the Chapter in numerous roles. Chapter member Lowell Moulton's band, the Herd of Cats, played, and Club Executive Director Michael Brune was on hand.
California, with its large, environmentally-minded populace, has often led the way in implementing new programs and setting new environmental standards. Our Chapter has hundreds of volunteers who share a deep commitment to keeping California that way, and we want to provide them with tools and resources to do their work effectively. To do this we need your financial support.
Never mind that the Big Wave project conflicts with the county general plan, zoning, and coastal planning. Never mind that it proposes a 225,000-square-foot office park on low-lying agricultural fields adjacent to the environmentally sensitive Pillar Point Marsh. The San Mateo County Planning Commission approved it anyway. The Chapter has joined other environmental groups in appealing to the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors.
Can El Camino Real become a vibrant and attractive boulevard, equitably shared by cars, pedestrians, and bikes and bordered by cafes, homes, retail stores, and office buildings? Representatives from over 30 different agencies, including 19 cities, two transit districts, two counties, and Caltrans, say "YES!"
Interested in lowering your carbon footprint? Then clip and post this guide, which will help you gradually change your diet to meat-free. Along the way, enjoy the recipe for "Sweet Potato, Green Pea and Tomato Gratin."
The insect population of the world weighs about six times as much as the human population, and, after plants, are the most important part of the food chain. Learn how native plants keep insects thriving and which plants can make a big difference in your garden.
Did you know that the US Senate just passed the Shark Conservation Act? Or that an employee at the South San Francisco water treatment plant has partnered with the Save the Bay organization to help prevent trash from getting into our creeks and then into the bay? For more on these and other environmentally friendly issues, check out John Maybury's latest column.
San Jose has adopted the strongest ban on single-use bags in the country. Do you want to push your city to take a stand against single-use bags? Learn how to take advantage of this recent success and who to connect with to get things started.
Cupertino received a $1.2 million grant from the state for implementation of a project to restore Stevens Creek from Blackberry Farm to Stevens Creek Boulevard. Learn more about the successful completion of the first phase of the project at Blackberry Farm and about what the next phase hopes to accomplish.
Larry Volpe, a leader in the Chapter's Inner City Outings program and a fifth-grade teacher, received the Natural Teacher's Award. By his actions, he inspires students to experience the fun the outdoors has to offer, and by doing so, hopes they will become advocates for our wild places in the future.
Josephine and Frank Duveneck were early environmental educators, made significant contributions to the founding of our chapter, and are still giving to the community via the legacy of their home, Hidden Villa. Learn more about their lives and their work at the current exhibit at the Los Altos History Museum or at a lecture at the Hillview Community Center.
California Rocks highlights 65 parks and natural sites and their specific geologic significance. The information is well-organized, accessible, and beautifully illustrated and will engage you in fun and educational ways as you explore the natural beauty of the West coast.
Ready to read some good news? Then learn more about Cynthia Hua, a 17-year-old high school senior who has already accomplished much on the local environmental front. Learn what inspired her to get started and what keeps her enthusiasm high.
The Chapter accomplishes so much because many volunteers donate generous amounts of time to making it work. More hands are always needed and appreciated. Check out what sections are in special need of help right now.