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Posted on February 16 at 11:58 a.m.
What a great article. I've lived in the Goleta Valley since 1970 and every time I see farmland or any open space being paved over I cringe. We are losing our heritage, open space - the very heart of Goleta - and replacing it with pollution and pavement.
Led by Janet Wolf and her amazing leadership, the Board of Supervisors should reject developers' desires to pave over our fertile and fair valley.
The proposed Goleta Community Plan includes 650 new housing units! This is too much development - more than our community and infrastructure and services can support.
*Save the South Paterson Agricultural Lands. *Do not rezone the Caird property - an organic farm abutting two sensitive creeks.*Hands off the San Marcos farms parcel.*Save the farm stand on Hollister!
These lands help make Goleta special. If replaced by housing, a big part of Goleta and a little part of me would surely die.
Board of Supervisors: Please protect our community values.
On Outside Interference
Posted on February 9 at 12:09 p.m.
McGinnis does a public service by writing this column.When I sit atop my mountain perch and look down at the ocean and islands I see that everyting is connected. Everyhting people do has an effect on the natural world. Fishing, over-fishing, what we eat, what we drive, how we get our water. We are tied to the fish, to the abalone, to the grizzly and chimpanzee. Our fates are linked, but we are the only one who can wipe the others out. McGinnes' columns provide important insights into the relationship between humans and the rest of nature.We benefit from hearing this. and although the times are very dim for our wonderful fisheries and biodiversity, McGinnes is able to give us hope and make us think about our actions. There is hope. When we learn to live as part of the planet again, and not as something that thinks it controls the planet.Thank you for this wonderful discussion thread. I have enjoyed it much. I will retire to my cave now. PS - I don't eat fish or other meat but am not opposed to eating meat. If less people eat meat, this whole issue would not be controversial and our seas would still be much richer.
On Saltwater in My Hair
Posted on January 25 at 7:54 p.m.
This is an outstanding piece on steelhead and watersheds! The Santa Ynez River had runs equal to the Eel River which were estimated to be 20,000 or more fish, but this was after Gibralter Dam and Juncal Dam were built. The run size was probably over 20,000. There was no stocking back then as far as I know (though stranded fish were sometimes rescued and moved to other parts of the river.) The EDC is the only local group working to restore the Santa Ynez River's steelhead. Learn more here: http://www.edcnet.org/learn/current_c...
On Ghost Salmon
Posted on January 24 at 9:44 a.m.
This bridge is an impediment to migrating steelhead trout and should be retrofitted to accommodate steelhead migration.
Local steelhead populations have plummeted by 99% landing them on the endangered species list because bridges and dams block steelhead migration to foothill spawning habitats.
While we repair our aging bridges, let's also let the steelhead go home!
On San Marcos Road Bridge Retrofit Construction
Posted on January 18 at 12:01 p.m.
The Recovery Plan is an excellent, science-based guide for bringing this iconic species back from the brink of extinction.
The Plan says that recovering steelhead could bring $5 billion to the state's economy.
The Environmental Defense Center is working to recover steelhead in Mission Creek, the Santa Ynez River and other local waterways. Read more here: http://www.edcnet.org/learn/current_c...
The Santa Ynez River boasted the largest steelhead run south of San Francisco: 20,000 to 30,000 fish.
Construction of Bradbury Dam in 1954 caused the population to plummet and it now stands at less than 100. In fact, since being placed on the hook for driving steelhead to near extinction, local water districts have counted no more than 16 steelhead in the river during the past decade.
It is groups like the EDC and CalTrout and agencies like Department of Fish and Game and National Marine Fisheries Service that will save the mighty steelhead.
On Wooing Steelhead Back From Extinction
Posted on January 12 at 12:07 p.m.
The City and Corps of Engineers had proposed concrete channelization of Lower Mission Creek which would have turned Santa Barbara City's largest creek into a small-scale version of the LA River.
The Environmental Defense Center (EDC) led the effort to defeat this bad project in favor of an environmentally-responsible alternative. Thanks to the EDC, Mission Creek is saved while flood protection is greatly improved.
Please note that the article's characterization of the Lower Mission Creek Flood Control Project as a creek "restoration" project is inaccurate. The flood control project will enlarge the creek and will install vertical concrete walls in many locations. This is not creek restoration. Restoration would slope the creek banks, plant native trees likes oaks and sycamores, and would improve water quality and conditions for endangered steelhead.
Further upstream on Mission Creek, EDC and the City Creeks Division are restoring Mission Creek by removing and modifying existing concrete structures which block steelhead migration and damage the creek habitat.
For more information visit the EDC's website at www.environmentaldefensecenter.org
On D.J. Scheffler Completes Retaining Walls for Mission Creek Project
Posted on June 23 at 4:52 p.m.
I'm glad this proposal seeks to balance all the various interests by retaining existing roads for biking and motorcycle riding, and setting aside currently undeveloped land as wilderness. I enjoy all these activities, and fishing too. Having wilderness where I can hike and fish, and forest trails and roads where I can ride, is a win-win situation.
Our future generations will thank us for protecting the forest, and preserving special wilderness areas and wild and scenic rivers.
My hat's off to Congressman Gallegly for supporting this well-crafted compromise plan.
On Making the Los Padres Even More Wild
Posted on October 4 at 4:46 p.m.
I like this article's point that protecting this small fish serves the larger goal of protecting the City's natural beauty. Enlarging, enhancing and restoring the Mission Creek Lagoon will make the Waterfront and beach even more of a focal point and attraction for residents and visitors alike. Go for it!
On Tidewater Goby’s Gift to the Habitat
Posted on August 10 at 5:50 p.m.
What a great, positive story. This is why I love Santa Barbara - the City and its partners are working to improve our City by bringing back the steelhead and restoring creeks. Thank you City and EDC - keep up the good work!
On Steelhead Trout Recovery Project Bigger Than Ever
Posted on May 13 at 2:22 p.m.
Janet Wolf has always been very accessible and she listens to people.
Secord is not accessible, and votes against protecting Santa Barbara's beautiful coast. As a coastal commissioner, Secord - a long time politician - has one of the worst voting records. He frequently votes to lessen protection of California's coastline.
Wolf stands up for residents. She has continuously and strongly supported rent control in County mobile home parks.
Secord is a threat to rent control in mobile home parks.
Please join me in voting for Wolf.
On The Last-Minute Race
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