What is the Loma Prieta Chapter doing about fracking in our region? From film screenings to influencing local elected officials, the Loma Prieta Fracking Action Committee is getting the word out about the dangers of hydraulic fracturing and working halt extreme energy extraction in our counties and the golden state.
Water has made headlines lately – from our West Coast drought to West Virginia’s contamination woes. Locally, the Water Committee advocates to protect our ecosystems and to support the sustainable use of water resources. This Committee, reconstituted in 2011, now meets monthly and serves as a nexus for collaboration between local NGOs and advocacy groups.
In Santa Clara County, Coyote Creek tops the priority list. This creek has suffered from a variety of onslaughts recently.
Backcountry skiers have a reason to rejoice in Paul Ward’s memory. The Sierra Club announced February 25th that the friends and family of Paul Ward are honoring his memory by funding a new backcountry ski hut in his name.
The “F” word isn’t in the dark anymore. On Wednesday March 5th, despite the pouring rain, over 50 local activists and concerned community members gathered at the Redwood City public library to learn the truth about fracking. The Sierra Club hosted the anti-fracking event, which consisted of a short video of 350.org’s Bill McKibben explaining the three numbers you need to know to understand Climate Change, a film screening of Gasland II, a guest speaker, and dinner.
Peter Grubb Hut, closed last March because of concerns about its structural integrity, was reopened just in time for the 2013-14 winter season. Three miles north of I-80 at Donner Summit, the hut has provided rustic overnight shelter to over 1,000 backcountry skiers and snowshoers annually for 75 years.
Meandering reader Marsha Armstrong alerts me that WildcareBayArea.org is trying to stop the spreading of toxic rodenticides like brodifacoum on the Farallon Islands. She says the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is investigating.