The Environmental Committee works to protect the watershed and to educate the public on forestry issues, erosion control, hazardous waste, recycling and other issues. We also monitor government policies and procedures.
River & Road Clean Up
with Save Our Shores
September 17, 2016, 9am–3pm
Watershed Festival of Events
Workshop/Conference on Water, Pollution and Green Solutions
First Saturday of the month
10:30 am at Henry Cowell State Park
(Second Saturday if first Saturday is a holiday weekend.)
Meetings are open to the public.
Call 338-6578 or email for information.
In early March, the County Planning Department requested input on what should be included in the Felton Meadow Project’s Environmental Impact Report, in a “Notice of Preparation (NOP) of the Draft Environmental Impact Report.” The NOP was distributed to agencies and organizations throughout the County. Agencies such as NMFS-NOAA and the SLV Water District, and organizations like the Valley Women’s Club’s Environmental Committee, submitted letters and comments to the Planning Department. Dozens of issues regarding the environmental, social and economic impacts of the proposed “Adventure Park,” were suggested. The adequacy of the park’s high-tech infrastructure was one of the main questions, due to concerns about the impact of water use and complex wastewater management. Appealing to bicyclists, with bike flow-trails and pump tracks, the massive changes that involve removing over 14,000 cubic yards of top soil and bringing in over 17,000 cubic yards of fill and engineered soils was also among the lead concerns. Also included was the impact on traffic and nearby neighborhoods of construction over a 6 to 10-year period, with hundreds of trucks loaded with soil and materials coming and going.
The Planners recently announced that they are awaiting technical data from Mt. Hermon for the Draft EIR to be completed, then the community will have the opportunity to comment on the information it contains. In the meantime, the Environmental Committee has compiled hundreds of sources of data demonstrating that the project has legal and environmental problems that are basically insurmountable, and they should not be allowed a permit to build.
Many of the data sources will be in place on the VWC website in the near future.
You may be interested in the response to the NOP that the Environmental Committee wrote…