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.
Saturday, June 19th, was the first time that we lifted the COVID group size limit. Our group consisting of eight community members and seven Downtown Street team participants, collaborated side by side to improve the levee native habitats. The result was that 15 volunteers got together to tackle various tasks.
We worked at the Laurel Street Bridge in the vicinity of Mike Fox Skatepark. We planted eight native plants in just two hours and cut back the high grass on the steep meadow bank. Weeding is always a task in this area, and we see improvement. Weeds were pulled from the Island Bed and around native shrubs and trees, making nutrients and moisture more available. Newly sprouting invasive Radish was weeded before it could go to seed. Most of all, we enjoyed working together and getting compliments from Riverwalk users. So great to gather together again.
A warm thank you to all who helped improve the quality of the habitat of the Estuary Project and make it look so cared for. A special thanks to the dedicated volunteer team, Santa Cruz Parks and Recreation crew, the Valley Women’s Club, and the Santa Cruz Downtown Street Team.