Green Scene

COUNTY PROVIDES UPDATE ON BOULDER CREEK ROAD GRADING AND CLEANUP

 

By Miriam Raftery

May 15, 2015 (Cleveland National Forest) – Last month, we reported that the County had begun a major cleanup of dirt dumped inside Cleveland National Forest along Boulder Creek Road, an area proposed for federal wilderness desgnation, following an East County Magazine investigation.

Now County communications specialist Gig Conaughton has provided follow-up information in response to our questions on whether piles would be completely removed, whether the dirt contained invasive or flammable weed species, and whether a similar cleanup would be done following similar grading by SDG&E.

HELIX WATER DISTRICT TO CONSIDER IMPOSING NEW WATER CUTS

May 12, 2015 (La Mesa) – At their upcoming meeting Wednesday May 13, 4 p.m., the Board will discuss a Drought Action Plan to meet state imposed water cuts of 20% to the District, including limiting all customers to watering two days per week, requiring 10-20% cuts by residential tier 3 users with penalties for violations, and increased enforcement on water waste reports.

EARTHTALK(R): CALIFORNIA'S CURRENT WATER CRISES IS MAN-MADE PHENOMENON

 

Earthjustice attorney says tough questions need to be Asked

Originally Published on the ECOreport

By Roy L Hales

May 11, 2015 (San Diego's East County) - According to Earthjustice attorney Trent Orr, California’s current water crisis is a man-made phenomenon. It is the outcome of the mid 20th century notion that equates progress with giant public works projects and assumes that we can engineer our way out of all sorts of problems, including living on a drought-prone state. This doesn’t work.

SPORTSWEAR FROM OCEAN PLASTIC

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: NOAA, public domain image

May 6, 2015 (San Diego's East County) - Plastic poses a major hazard to our oceans and to marine life.  There are nearly 270 million tons of plastic in the world’s oceans. Each year, as many as 135,000 whales become entangled in plastic debris, according to the World Society for the Protection of Animals.  Other animals such as turtles, fish and birds can also become entangled or ingest the plastic – which enters the food chain and affects us all.

HEAR OUR INTERVIEW: SAN DIEGO ENERGY DISTRICT'S ASHLEY MAZANEC

 

May 5, 2015 (San Diego) – The San Diego Energy District is gearing up to offer consumers an alternative to buying power from SDG&E.   The nonprofit is now accepting memberships and reaching out to communities seeking clean, green power produced locally.  For details, hear our interview with Ashley Mazanec, originally aired on KNSJ Radio 89.1 FM: http://k003.kiwi6.com/hotlink/siq4bd2kzz/Newsmakers-_Ashley_Mazanec-SDEnergyDistrctFdn.mp3

ALESSIO SUGGESTS ROLLING BACK CLIMATE CHANGE COMMITMENT IN LA MESA; EX-NASA SCIENTIST DEBUNKS ALESSIO "SCIENCE" CLAIM

"Climate change science has not changed in the way Councilwoman Alessio would like us to believe. Let's stick to credible sources on science, not talking points from the climate change denier's briefing book." -- Kathleen Connell, PhD, sustainabiltiy expert and former NASA astrobiology science founder

By Miriam Raftery

Upated May 1 to add comments from Mike Bullock and data from a climate change paper he authored.

April 30, 2015 (La Mesa) – At La Mesa’s City Council hearing Tuesday, Council heard a report detailing the city’s progress on reducing its carbon footprint in order to reduce climate change.

Councilmember Kristine Alessio then stated, “The science has changed behind climate change in the last ten years. Maybe at some point we need to reconsider being part of the U.S. Mayors’ Climate Change Protection Agreement.” Here audio clip here: http://k003.kiwi6.com/hotlink/blgb31acb1/Alessio-ClimateChange-Kristine.mp3

SANTEE BUSINESS AND MOBILE HOME PARK RECOGNIZED FOR RECYCLING EFFORTS

 

East County News Service

April 29, 2015 (Santee) -- GTM Discount General Stores and Meadowbrook Mobile Home Estates of Santee received special recognition from Waste Management of San Diego at this week’s Santee City Council meeting as part of Waste Management’s inaugural “Recycling Champion” program which recognizes businesses and multi-family complexes for their exemplary efforts in implementing recycling on their properties in the City of Santee.

BEES HOOKED ON NICOTINE

By Leon Thompson

April 27, 2015 (San Diego’s East County ) --Researchers from Queen Mary University of London recently found that bumblebees that have been infected by parasites seek out flowers with nicotine in the nectar, likely to fight off the infection, new research has found. The nicotine appears to slow the progression of disease in infected bees but has harmful effects when consumed by healthy bees.

COUNTY CLEANS UP DIRT DUMPED IN CLEVELAND NATIONAL FOREST AFTER ECM INQUIRY

 

By Miriam Raftery

April 26, 2015 (Cleveland National Forest) – The County has begun a major cleanup of dirt dumped along Boulder Creek Road in response to an East County Magazine investigation.

Eagle Peak Friends and Collaborators has posted a video on its Facebook page documenting massive quantities of dirt dumped along Boulder Creek Road inside Cleveland National Forest in San Diego’s East County.  The group contended that the County is responsible for dumping 20,000 cubic yards of dirt from road-grading—dirt that polluted a federally protected watershed in the recommended Eagle Peak Wilderness area.

ASTHMA "DEADLY" FROM "DARK" AIR IN IMPERIAL COUNTY, REPORT FINDS

 

Did researchers miss a key cause: scraping desert soils for renewable energy projects?

By Miriam Raftery

Photo by Jim Pelley: Dust from construction at Ocotillo Wind Energy Facility

April 25, 2015 (Imperial Valley) – Just over the San Diego County line in Imperial County, the Center for Investigative Reporting found the air is “dark and asthma is deadly along the Mexico border.”

SDG&E OFFERS TIPS FOR SAFE PLANTING THIS ARBOR DAY

 

Customers and landscapers are reminded to call 8-1-1 two days before digging

April 24, 2015 (San Diego) – With Arbor Day upon us, San Diego Gas & Electric's (SDG&E) Vegetation Management team is reminding customers and landscapers to plant the “Right Tree in the Right Place” this Arbor Day.

MOTHER'S DAY RIVER CLEANUP MAY 10 IN LAKESIDE

 

April 23, 2015 (Lakeside) – Lakeside’s River Park Conservancy invites you to honor your Mom by helping Mother Nature.  Come help clean up the riverbed on Sunday, May 10th and all Moms present will receive a Mother’s Day Card and packet of seeds to start her own butterfly garden.

TRANS-PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP TRADE PACT SPARKS RIFT BETWEEN LABOR AND ENVIRONMENTALISTS VS. BUSINESS ADVOCATES

 

Photo: Senator Elizabeth Warren, critic of the trade deal.

By Miriam Raftery

April 22, 2015 (Washington D.C.)--There’s a battle brewing between the Democratic Party’s labor and business wings over the impending Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP, that the Obama administration hopes to reach with 11 Asian-Pacific nations.

NATIVE AMERICAN SPIRITUAL BELIEFS AT STAKE

 

Originally Published on the ECOreport

By Roy L Hales & Robert Lundahl

April 22, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) - Native American spiritual beliefs are under attack. On Friday, April 10, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments for, and against, Native Americans being allowed to worship at their ancient sacred site inside Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating Facility. The immediate concern is gaining access; the larger issue is freedom of religion.

MCDONALD'S IS LATEST TO PLEDGE TO ELIMINATE DEFORESTATION FROM SUPPLY CHAIN

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo by Greg Hume

April 22, 2015 (Washington D.C.)--McDonald’s, the world’s largest fast-food chain, is the latest company that has pledged to eliminate deforestation from its global supply chains. Palm oil deforestation leads to destruction of habitat for endangered and threatened species such as orangutans, elephants, rhinoceros and tigers.

CALIFORNIA'S 9TH CIRCUIT COURT OF APPEALS HEARS THE APPEAL ON IVANPAH

 

The Underlying Issue Is Freedom of Religion

Originally Published on the ECOreport

By Roy L Hales & Robert Lundahl

April 18, 2015 (San Diego's East County) - In a remote corner of the Mojave Desert, 15 miles from Las Vegas, stands the expansive Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System. Occupying 5 square miles, the facility seems to swallow up a stunning expanse of desert including animals, plants and now, spiritual and cultural resources.

SAN DIEGO SOLAR ENERGY ON THE RISE. NEW POLL OFFERS INSIGHTS.

 

Originally Published on the ECOreport

By Roy L Hales

April 17, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) - A new poll confirms California's solar revolution appears to be unstoppable. The respondents were parents, 81% of whom said they want to live in a solar powered home. The majority, 67%, also wants solar to be the world's primary energy source when their children grow up.

TRAIL LINKS PLANNED BY COUNTY AND CITY OF POWAY

 

Source: County News Center

April 15, 2014 (Poway)--San Diego County and Poway are teaming up on an ambitious proposal to connect the region’s vast network of hiking and equestrian trails and other popular outdoor attractions.

NINE STATES REPORT RECORD LOW SNOWPACKS

 

Originally Published in the ECOreport

By Roy L Hales

April 12, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) - Nine states report record low snowpacks. A report from the US Department of Agriculture states, “the largest snowpack deficits are in record territory for many basins,especially in the Cascades and Sierra Nevada where single – digit percent of normal conditions prevail. Very low snowpacks are reported in most of Washington, all of Oregon, Nevada, California, parts of Arizona, much of Idaho, parts of New Mexico, three basins in Wyoming, one basin in Montana, and most of Utah.” This region is undergoing the warmest winter temperatures since record keeping began in 1895.

THE BIGGEST THREAT TO GRID STABILITY

 
& Other Revelations from the Local Power Channel

 

All illustrations courtesy Local Power Inc

By Roy L Hales

April 10, 2015 (San Diego's East County) - Local Power Inc compares one of the Biggest threats to grid stability to a traffic jam. It is a direct consequence of population centers relying on distant power sources. The nations power lines are full of electricity that travels hundreds of miles before it is used. When too much energy converges on a local substation, it overheats, there are black-outs or brown-outs, and costly upgrades are needed. An obvious alternative solution is to develop sources close to where the power is needed, so that more transient electricity can be taken off the grid. This is one of the many revelations on the Local Power Channel, a branded channel on the ECOreport.

COUNTY WATER AUTHORITY SEEKS TO USE COPPER-BASED ALGAECIDES AT 5 LOCAL RESERVOIRS

 

East County News Service

April 9, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) – The San Diego County Water Authority is proposing to apply copper-based algaecides to control algae blooms at five reservoirs that supply drinking water, including Lake Jennings(Helix Water District), Sweetwater Reservoir (Sweetwater Authority), Lake Poway (City of Poway), Olivenhain Reservoir (County Water Authority) and San Dieguito Resrvoir (Santa Fe Irrigation District.)

CONGRESS PASSES MEASURE TO ALLOW SELLING OFF NATIONAL FORESTS AND OTHER PUBLIC LANDS

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: Cleveland National Forest, courtesy National Forest Service

April 6, 2015 (San Diego’s East County)—The Republican-controlled House and Senate have passed measures that would allow the sale or outright giveaway of most public lands –including national forests, federal wildernesses and  wildlife preserves and Bureau of Land Management properties.  Only Republicans voted for the language slipped into a non-binding budget resolution—which passed without a single Democratic vote. 

The shocking news is revealed in a New York Times editorial by Will Rogers, president of the Trust for Public Lands, titled “Our Land, Up for Grabs.”  

While it’s unlikely that President Barack Obama would support such an extreme measure, if a Republican president is elected in 2016 and Republicans maintains control of both houses of Congress, losing our cherished public lands such could be a very real possibility.

Here in San Diego County alone, that could mean the demise of:  Cleveland National Forest,  Otay Mountain Wildnerness, Hauser Wilderness, Pine Creek , Carrizo Gorge, Sawtooth Mountains Wilderness , Agua Tibia Wilderness, San Diego National Wildlife Refuge, San Diego Bay National Wildlife Refuge , Tijuana Slough National Wildlife Refuge, McCain Valley National Recreation Area and more.

EPISCOPAL CHURCH LEADER CALLS CLIMATE CHANGE "MORAL ISSUE", LIKENS IT TO CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo:  Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA's Terra satellite shows fires around the world.

April 7, 2015 (San Diego) – A powerful U.S. religious leader is speaking out about climate change, likening the issue to the civil rights movement and  suggesting that climate change denial is immoral.

PETITION LAUNCHED TO SAVE LOCH NESS FROM WIND TURBINES

 

East County News Service

April 7, 2015 (San Diego’s East County ) – Efforts to defeat industrial-scale wind turbine projects are uniting activists world wide—including here in East County. Donna Tisdale, Boulevard’s planning group chair, recently received a note from a Scottish group called Save Loch Ness asking for media coverage in the U.S. to help save one of Scotland’s most iconic and beautiful scenic areas.  You can read or sign the petition at Www.savelochness.com and scroll down to read a press statement.

INTERVIEW WITH JIM BELL, ECOLOGICAL DESIGNER

Plus Part I in a series of essays on attaining sustainability for our region

April 4, 2015 (San Diego) – Last month, we sat down for an in-depth interview on our radio show with ecological designer Jim Bell, an internationally recognized expert on sustainable development. You can hear the interview, originally aired on KNSJ 89.1 FM, here: http://k003.kiwi6.com/hotlink/fgoysx432j/Newsmaker-JimBell-SustainblePlanForRegion2015.mp3

Bell has a plan to make the San Diego and Tijuana region sustainable in terms of energy, water, food, and more.  Currently he is working to distribute 20,000 free copies of his newest publication, Consciousness and Knowledge, throughout our region including 10,000 in Spanish.  You can download a copy here.  

Director of the Ecological Life Systems Institute and the San Diego Center for Appropriate Technology,  Bell is also the Sierra Club’s representative on the City of San Diego’s Regional Advisory Energy Committee.  He has lectured at the World Conference of the Society of International Development in Mexico City, the American Institute of Architects’ California conference, and many other prominent events.  A past mayoral candidate, he is the author of “Achieving Eco-nomic Security on Spaceship Earth” as well as many other articles and papers on creating sustainable economies.

Below is the first in a series of essays by Bell on how we can achieve sustainability in our region.

WATER SHORTAGE RAISES CONCERNS OVER WATER-HOGGING USES INCLUDING FRACKING AND MAJOR DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS

 

By Miriam Raftery

April 3, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) – The Governor’s order imposing mandatory water cuts of 25% statewide amid this fourth year of drought has prompted media reports asking why water-hogging uses are still being allowed.  With wells running dry, farmers’ fields lay fallow and ordinary Californians are being asked to conserve water, should many millions of gallons of water use be allowed for fracking by oil industries, major energy and development projects?

THE ECOREPORT AND LOCAL POWER INC. PARTNER TO CREATE EDUCATION INITIATIVE

 

The Local Power Channel on TheECOreport.com Will Be Dedicated to Locally Run Utilities (Community Choice Aggregation/CCA's), and Democratic Energy Initiatives.



April 3, 2015 (San Franciso and Vancouver): The ECOreport (http://theecoreport.com/) has partnered with Local Power, Inc., inventor of community choice aggregation (CCA), in a web based education initiative to inform communities about the benefits of CCA's to enable locally controlled electric power, rapidly scaled up renewable technologies, and dramatically increased energy efficiency. The Local Power Channel, on the ECOreport website, will be dedicated to education and information about the topic of community choice aggregation.

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