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.
The dark nights have a long history of signaling life forms when to rest, hunt, migrate and locate their breeding grounds. Humans used lighting for an array of reasons without awareness of its impact on us and other beings. The first studies revealed that a wide range of life cycles were paying the price for light pollution. Fortunately, there are lighting solutions. The bright stars in the night sky have been our celebrated life companions. Since we humans feel vulnerable in the dark, the arrival of fire showed promise to conquer our fears. Over the next centuries, humans developed lighting that turned night into day, allowing for extended daytime activities. In the later part of the 19th Century, the effects of light pollution already raised concerns, but it didn't receive scientific attention until the 1950s.
Further research let us know these findings of Light Pollution:
The good news is that each of us can help reduce Light Pollution:
Eager to become a light reduction advocate? Here is a helpful resource for your new frontier: International Dark-Sky Association