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.
Dear Members of the Board, County Counsel Health, County Administrative Office Palacios, Assemblymember Stone, Members of the Community and Media Representatives,
AS WE EXPECTED, PG&E has been served with a Notice of Violation of the Department of Forestry Exemption Permit regulations, by our San Mateo/Santa Cruz Area Chief and Forest Practices Inspector, Richard Sampson. This letter presents the egregious post-emergency tree removals as done illegally, with many severe violations of THP environmental and other regulations, including failure to contact property owners. CalFire Forester Sampson warns of the possibility for both civil and criminal penalties.
We feel that this is sufficient additional proof to that presented in our letter (below), that our local government – our County Board of Supervisors — should take immediate legal action against PG&E’s Enhanced Vegetation Management and file complaints to the CPUC and the Board of Forestry. May I humbly add that our State Legislature and our Governor need to hear from you as well.