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.
PG&E is a high priority for the Environmental Committee due to its massive and destructive felling of trees to prevent wildfires when unsafe, unreliable, antiquated equipment is the fundamental cause of the fires. From working on legislation and a new Franchise Agreement for PG&E in the County to in-depth research and analysis to support work with agencies affecting PG&E and helping folks protect their trees from PG&E’s contractors, this keeps the group busy. We work with a State-wide Utility Wildfire Prevention Taskforce on these issues.
Your help is needed.
Visit https://endpowerlinefires.com for more information.
River & Road Clean Up
with Save Our Shores
Annual Environmental Town Hall
Felton Community Hall
First Saturday of the month
Second Saturday if the first Saturday is a holiday weekend.
10:30 am at VWC Office at Highlands Park Senior Center
On Zoom and in-person. Email for Zoom info.
Meetings are open to the public.
Call 338-6578 or email for information.
An enthusiastic crowd filled Felton Community Hall for the 22nd Environmental Town Hall, sponsored by the Valley Women’s Club Environmental Committee, on Saturday, October 28. Attendees had the opportunity to listen to Assemblymember Gail Pellerin, whose discussion about her wide-ranging work at the State level, honing in on environmental issues and newly passed laws that will have local impact, demonstrated a high level of knowledge and involvement, and engendered challenging questions and comments from attendees during the Q&A.
For example, Pellerin worked closely with other legislators to help provide protection from pollution by old oil wells, helping pass Assemblymember Wendy Carrillo’s AB 1167 well-plugging bill. A bill by our State Senator John Laird, SB 292, mandating coastal sea-level resiliency planning from those areas being affected by sea-level rise. It was passed and signed into law by Governor Newsom. Assemblymember Pellerin mentioned many other bills, giving insights into the State’s priorities regarding Climate Change.
Ten of Assemblymember Pellerin’s bills were passed and signed into law, considered an excellent record for a first-year Assemblymember.
The excitement for Pellerin’s presentation matched the enthusiasm for the informational displays provided by 18 environmentally focused organizations, County departments, and City agencies. Displays were read, brochures picked up, and, most importantly, hundreds of questions were asked and addressed, such as what the “prescribed burn” program for our local State Parks entails, what Environteers is, and what its excellent newsletter provides. Water issues were addressed at all levels, from watershed and groundwater management to supply and demand issues.
The Valley Women’s Club was honored to have Assemblymember Pellerin there, along with many dedicated volunteers and staffers from the exhibitors.
SAN LORENZO VALLEY EMERGENCY NETWORK, COMMUNITY EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAM (CERT), & AMATEUR RADIO EMERGENCY SERVICES (ARES) educate our community to prepare for and respond to natural disasters and emergencies. www.SLVEN.org
SAN LORENZO VALLEY WATER DISTRICT supplies water to the communities of SLV through a network of distribution lines, pump, and reservoirs serving more than 7900 connections. 831-430-4639 | www.SLVWD.com
SANTA CRUZ COUNTY PARKS DEPARTMENT provides safe, well-designed, maintained parks, and a wide variety of recreational and cultural opportunities for our diverse community. Jesse Williams, Parks Superintendent | 831-454-7958 | www.scparks.com
FRIENDS OF SAN LORENZO VALLEY WATER A positive and collaborative resource for the SLV community promoting understanding of local water issues. https://www.friendsofsanlorenzovalleywater.org/
CALIFORNIA STATE PARKS, NATURAL RESOURCES MANAGEMENT The State Parks resource management program aims to protect, restore, and maintain the natural resources in the State Park System. Portia Halbert, Senior Environmental Scientist 831/335-6386 website
FRIENDS OF JURISTAC A public group of non-Indigenous community members who work closely with the Amah Mutsun tribe to support the protection of Juristac, a sacred place. Juristac (pronounced HUR-i-stock) is the local Indigenous tribes, most sacred ceremonial site and it’s threatened by open pit sand mines and other developments. It’s located in the hills behind Watsonville and the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band is asking for support to protect this sacred landscape. www.ProtectJuristac.Org