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.
Our State Assembly Member, Mark Stone, delved into legislation and State regulations relating to plastics pollution, water issues, and energy at the 18th Annual Environmental Town Hall. The audience was deeply engaged and had so many questions that the program, presented last Saturday at Felton Community Hall, ran overtime. Along with Mark’s discussions, there were representatives providing information and literature from the County Vector Control District, Resource Conservation District, Sierra Club, the VWC’s Restoration Project and the VWC’s Environmental Committee for the SLV (that puts on the event). Additional information was provided by the Monterey Bay Community Power (soon to replace PG&E as our power source), and from Coastal Watershed Council. (Check out the websites of these organizations for information about their activities and offerings.)
We are very grateful to Mark for his willingness to attend this annual event, and for his openness about how the system works, and for providing what he called the “long” explanation — trusting that his audience was both interested and willing to listen to the more detailed information.