Posts Tagged ‘Bay Delta Conservation Plan’

EPIC in Review

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014
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EPIC Kate Wolf 2014-2The Environmental Protection Information Center has no problem keeping busy. This last weekend EPIC staff reached out to thousands of people at the Kate Wolf Festival, gathered hundreds of signatures to Connect Wild Places, and to oppose the Bay Delta Conservation Plan. At this event, we quickly realized that people are deeply concerned with the fate of our environment, and want to know what is going on, and how they can contribute towards safeguarding the ecosystems that we all depend upon. We greatly appreciate these opportunities where we get to know the roots of our community and build the lifelong bonds that fuel our work. For those of you who do not have the opportunity to meet with us in person and get updates on our work, we hope the digest below will keep you informed on some of the most contemporary issues that we are currently addressing.

Federal Forest Carbon Coalition letter to the Obama Administration to mitigate and prepare for climate disruption – Science-based recommendations in response to the President’s November 1, 2013 Executive Order: Preparing the United States for the Impacts of Climate Change.

Comment letter to Redwood National and State Parks for Bald Hills Road Pavement Project – This letter urges the consideration of an alternatives that would not include paving Bald Hills Road.

Comment letter regarding second growth thinning for Middle Fork Lost Man Creek – A letter of support for thinning over-dense second-growth forest stands in Redwood National Park.

Letter of opposition for the Vessel Incidental Discharge Act of 2014 – S. 2094 is a bill that would perpetuate a regulatory scheme that continues to place the economic burden associated with invasive species on the nation’s taxpayers rather than shifting it to the industry responsible for bringing those species into the nation’s waters. Click here to view the Fact Sheet relating to S. 2094.

Letter of support for the Mokelumne River Bill – SB 1199 would designate the Mokelumne River as a Wild and Scenic River, which would permanently protect 37 miles of river.

Letter opposing the Lowering Gasoline Prices to Fuel an America That Works Act of 2014H.R. 4899 would undermine how the Department of Interior manages federal lands to prioritize oil and gas development over alternative uses of federal lands and waters.

Letter of appreciation to the California Fish and Game Commission thanking the Commission for taking action to protect the gray wolf under the California Endangered Species Act.

Letter to Oregon Water Resources Department opposing the Red Flat Nickel Corporation’s mining proposal – The mining company has requested to use water for mining activities in the National Wild and Scenic North Fork Smith River and Baldface Creek watersheds.

Comment letter regarding AB 2082 – The bill proposes minimum resource conservation standards or minimum stocking standards pertaining to forest practices on private forestlands in California.

Letter regarding Notice of Intent to prepare an environmental impact statement that evaluates an amendment to the 2008 Tongass National Forest Plan – This coalition letter encourages a land management plan for Tongass National Forest that ends large-scale old-growth logging.


Take Action to Stop the Bay Delta Conservation Plan

Thursday, June 19th, 2014
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USBR Construction of pump station at Delta-Mendota Canal

USBR Construction of pump station at Delta-Mendota Canal

Take action now to stop the Bay Delta Conservation Plan. The $67 billion infrastructure project proposes to construct two massive tunnels that would funnel water from Northern to Southern California. The Plan calls itself a comprehensive conservation strategy aimed at protecting dozens of species of fish and wildlife, but in reality the 40,000 page document fails to disclose major irreversible impacts to fish, rivers and the economic stability of the state of California. River systems throughout California have been experiencing extreme drought conditions, and historic water rights have not been honored due to the lack of water in our rivers and reservoirs. Building two giant tunnels to transport water from the San Joaquin Delta is not going to carry out either of the Plan’s two main goals: to reliably transport more water to San Joaquin farms and Southern California cities, or to restore the fisheries and ecology of the delta.

The Draft Environmental Impact Report/Statement (DEIR/S) uses models based on over-allocated water rights to analyze the Plan’s environmental impacts, which would result in severe environmental consequences. Building more irrigation infrastructure, as the Plan proposes, is not going to fix drought problems in California. Instead, these projects will exacerbate drought conditions, resulting in greater impacts to endangered fish by reducing flows to impaired watersheds, draining estuaries that are essential to healthy river ecosystems, and allowing the continued operation of pumps that will kill fish that are protected under the Endangered Species Act. The “conservation plan” should instead reduce exports that take water out of rivers, prioritize delta recovery, and improve water conservation measures.

EPIC is part of the Environmental Water Caucus (EWC), which is a collective of environmental and water rights organizations that have joined forces to deal with water issues throughout the state of California. The comments we have developed are abbreviated and adapted from the EWC’s collective comments on the massive DEIR/S that has stirred controversy over the state’s scarce water resources. Help us stop this damaging project before irreversible harm is done to our rivers, fish and the state’s economic stability. Please click here to submit your public comment.

 


EPIC in Review

Friday, June 13th, 2014
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Over the past few weeks, EPIC has worked to protect wolves in California, stood up to big timber companies, advocated for the Wild and Scenic rivers and endangered species, protected Northern Spotted Owls, opposed the Bay Delta Conservation Plan, requested amendments to groundwater legislation, and worked to protect water quality on timber lands. The documents below are a sample of our efforts to protect the wildlife, forests and watersheds of the North Coast. Several of these documents are the product of larger groups that we work with to develop coalition letters, and other documents are original works produced by EPIC staff. We hope that sharing these works with our readers will bring an awareness of some of the issues that we are addressing to protect the environment that we are rooted in.

EPIC Comments Regarding “Scorpion King” and “Boomer.” These two THPs are proposed by Sierra Pacific Industries and would result in take of Northern Spotted Owls as a result of the cumulative effects of multiple harvest entries over a short time.

Environmental Water Caucus Comment Letter on the 40,000 page Bay Delta Conservation Plan and EIR/EIS. This 259 page comment letter was developed by a coalition of water and conservation advocacy groups including EPIC. The letter outlines environmental impacts to endangered species populations, rivers, the San Joaquin Delta and to the state’s overall water supply.

EPIC Motion for Stay filed with the State Water Resources Control Board. The motion requests a stay of the effect of the North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board’s approval of a property-wide forest operations Waste Discharge Requirement permit (WDR) order for Green Diamond property back in 2012. The motion for stay is in response to the State Board’s failure to address a petition to review the Regional Board’s approval of the order that EPIC filed in 2012.

HR 4272 Opposition Letter. The Forest Access in Rural Communities Act would modify motor vehicle use on public lands, which would tie the hands of Forest Service managers across the country who work to protect public safety, recreational experiences, and endangers protections for drinking water resources, wildlife and forest resources.

Northern California Prescribed Fire Council letter of support for AB2465. The bill would officially recognize the benefits of prescribed fire in California’s fire-adapted landscapes and facilitate new levels of professionalism for private lands burners throughout the state.

Letters to Senator Pavley and Assemblyman Anthony Rendon requesting amendments to ground water legislation to address the impact that groundwater extraction can have on California’s streams.

Letter of opposition for four House of Representatives bills that would damage the Endangered Species Act. These bills “would undermine the essential protections of the Endangered Species Act by obstructing the development and use of scientific research, squandering agency resources and chilling citizen enforcement.”


EPIC In Review

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014
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HolmFayMG_8852-copy-1024x682When it comes to getting work done, our little organization packs a giant punch.  In recent days, we have been involved in numerous campaigns and are excited to be a part of these grass roots efforts that are shaping our environment and our future. To keep you informed of our happenings, we have provided a sample of the work that we have been involved with over the past few weeks.

Comments to urge Del Norte County to better analyze the Tryon Bridge replacement project – As proposed, this project would result in impacts to the Smith River and steelhead, coho and chinook salmon populations.

California Drought Bill letter – The Drought Bill (HR 3964), proposes to waive major elements of state and federal environmental laws and de-designates a portion of the Merced wild and scenic river. EPIC has joined the Environmental Water Caucus in calling on Representatives to reject this environmentally damaging legislation.

Letter of Support for Humboldt County No GMO Ordinance – This letter urges Humboldt County Board of Supervisors to pass an ordinance that would ban GMOs in Humboldt County. The County had the opportunity to enact the ordinance without going before voters, but voted instead to put it on the November Ballot.

Environmental Coalition Letter to Feinstein and Boxer – As written, Senate Bill 2198 would exacerbate impacts on the environment and the salmon industry without addressing the underlying causes of water shortages. This letter urges Senators Boxer and Feinstein to ensure that their legislation reduces the impacts of the drought on California’s environment and the salmon fishery.

Grassroots Fracking Letter – This coalition letter urges members of the California Legislature to support SB 1132, which will impose a moratorium on fracking, acidizing and other will stimulation techniques.

Request for comment time extension of Bay Delta Conservation Plan – As proposed, BDCP is lacking an implementation agreement, which defines obligations, provides assurances, ensures adequate funding, specifies responsibility for implementing measures, provides for enforcement and remedies for failure, and establishes the process for changes. In this letter, EPIC and others request an extension of the public comment period since the BDCP is incomplete without the implementation agreement because it does not specify any commitments the parties have made to fund and promote mitigation measures.

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