Can you imagine a future in California without water? Where even food needs to be imported? Why did the governor say we need to face a wake up call with this drought? To answer let me tell you how critters provide critical clues to CA’s creeks.
On June 11th at the San Jose Environmental Innovation Center, the Loma Prieta Chapter hosted a political fundraiser. Over 50 guests arrived to dialog with our friend and speaker, San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo. Funds raised during the event will help cover printing and distribution cost of 2016 Election Insight newsletter.
In 2011, the Sierra Club, supported by the efforts of Loma Prieta Chapter volunteers in conjunction with the very capable legal team of Reed Zars and George Hays, filed a federal Clean Water Act lawsuit against the Lehigh Southwest Cement Company and Hanson Permanente Cement, Inc. to put a stop to the companies’ ongoing contamination of Permanente Creek - a watercourse that flows into the San Francisco Bay.
California is currently in the fourth year of its worst drought in recorded history. The immediate possibility of long-term water shortage has forced many to consider drastic changes to consumption, with Governor Jerry Brown mandating a statewide 25% reduction in water use. Besides conservation, another major option being considered is desalination, which creates freshwater by forcing salt water through a filter.
Dave Poeschel, a seasoned environmentalist and self-described “political junkie,” now serves as the Open Space Committee Chair of the Loma Prieta Chapter of the Sierra Club. After 20 years as a software engineer, he decided to focus on his true passion-- environmentalism--instead.
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.
A strong El Nino brewing in the northwest Pacific Ocean may be responsible for recent floods in Texas, Oklahoma, Alaska, and Mexico, plus killer heat waves in India. Scientists believe this could presage more wild weather later this year. We Californians hope for an end to the drought, but we should be careful what we wish for.