The City of San Jose is at the brink of passing a plan and its draft program environmental impact report (DEIR) for one of the Bay Area's largest transit center, the Diridon Station. Why should we care? Well, this transit hub currently services a large variety of transit agencies, including, but not limited to: Caltrain, Altamont Commuter Express (ACE), Monterey/Salinas Transit, Santa Cruz Metro, and the Valley Transportation Authority (VTA). Moreover, Diridon will soon be welcoming the California High Speed Rail, the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) and VTA's Bus Rapid Transit.
A Transfer of Development Rights (TDR) program is a voluntary, incentive-based, and market-driven approach to preserve land for habitat and steer development growth away from rural and resource lands into urban areas.1 Rural landowners realize economic return through the sale of development rights to private developers who are able to build more compactly in designated unincorporated urban areas and partner cities. To date, a TDR program has protected 141,500 acres of rural/resource land in King County, Washington.
Sierra Club outdoor activities, known as outings in SierraClub-ese, come – like our members - in all shapes and types. We take the "Enjoy" in the Sierra Club Motto, "Explore, Enjoy, and Protect the Planet" seriously. These activities are a great membership perk and a great way to get to know other members as well as local natural treasures. Whatever your interests or experience level, you can find something to tickle your fancy on our calendar.
Do you dream of working your way up a steep narrow track that crests to reveal a well-earned vista below? Hankering for a cool beach stroll? Or maybe you prefer little-used trails with great food or a wine tasting at the end. Remember how especially delicious al fresco meals taste? If your dog needs an outing, we’ve got those too. Come scale a new peak with an experienced leader. Learn to shoot the rapids with our white water paddlers. Perhaps you’ve never backpacked, but want to try: Great, we welcome newcomers!
Silicon Valley’s cities and towns are beset with an array of urgent environmental and social challenges including suburban sprawl, sea level rise, toxic contamination, waste disposal, inadequate public transit, polluted air and watersheds, fracking, inefficient energy use, unaffordable housing, lack of access to healthy food, insufficient parkland, etc. Looming over all of these is the threat of climate change.
You’ve heard of the collapse of bee populations around the world. Bees are dying because of bureaucratic intransigence! When it comes to sex, plants have more headaches than the rest of us. Their problem is that they can’t travel about to find a mate — they are, after all, rooted in place — so they have to depend on intermediaries to bring egg and sperm cells together. Most of the vegetables and fruit we take for granted, 70% of the food we eat, is the result of bees acting as the Cupid go-between for plants. The result, crosspollination, produces better tasting varieties.
The San Francisco Peninsula Watershed encompasses 23,000 acres, a unique natural resource in a predominantly urbanized region. Due to its use for water collection and storage, the watershed has been protected from the urbanization that has consumed much of the Bay Area. As a result, this environment hosts a variety of habitats and supports the highest concentration of rare, threatened, and endangered species in the entire Bay Area.
There are signs of positive change at the Santa Clara Valley Water District. These changes could bode well for the restoration of the trout and salmon fishery that was once abundant on Santa Clara County streams.
The District has taken action to remove a major barrier at Singleton Road on Coyote Creek that prevents ocean going trout from reaching their spawning grounds. Also, the District appears willing to form an interagency partnership to address another barrier at Ogier Ponds in Coyote Valley. Thirdly, the District has changed its strategy for the development of a Habitat Conservation Plan that could resolve key issues that have stalled progress on fisheries restoration. These changes have stream advocates jumping for joy!