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EAC pushing for greater bird nesting protections

07/12/2017
The Environmental Action Committee of West Marin is advocating for stricter rules governing vegetation maintenance during bird nesting seasons. In a letter co-signed by Audubon Canyon Ranch and Point Blue, the E.A.C. argues that current vegetation practices by the county threaten crucial habitat. But county officials say they are already...

In win for customers, DeCarli’s ordered to forgive old bills

07/12/2017
In a victory for the plaintiffs of a class-action lawsuit against the propane business DeCarli’s, a Marin County Superior Court judge ruled on Tuesday that catch-up bills sent last year by the business violated a 2011 settlement agreement that ensured customers’ access to timely and accurate substantiations of all charges...

Settlement reached in ranching suit

07/12/2017
Under a settlement agreement filed in federal court on Wednesday, the Point Reyes National Seashore will update its general management plan and prepare an associated environmental impact statement that evaluates alternatives that include eliminating historic ranching and dairying operations. The agreement is largely a victory for the three environmental nonprofits—the...

Indivisible West Marin takes “bite-sized actions”

07/06/2017
Last Tuesday morning, four members of the West Marin chapter of Indivisible met in the parking lot of the Dance Palace Community Center to carpool to Senator Kamala Harris’s office in San Francisco. It’s a trek that members make monthly—though sometimes to Congressman Jared Huffman’s or Senator Dianne Feinstein’s offices—and...

Next up: replacing the Nicasio Valley Bridge

07/06/2017
The county debuted plans last week to replace an 89-year-old bridge in Nicasio whose width no longer meets new standards. The Department of Public Works says Nicasio Valley Road Bridge, located just south of the Lucas Valley Road intersection, will be widened from 21 feet to 40 feet to meet...

SPAWN to study Lagunitas Creek flows

07/06/2017
The Salmon Protection and Watershed Network is collaborating with a University of California, Berkeley professor on a new study focusing on how releases from Peters Dam influence floodplain areas important to endangered coho salmon and threatened steelhead trout. The dam crosses Lagunitas Creek at Kent Lake, the largest and newest...

Trump budget cuts funding for RCD program

07/06/2017
A key conservation program in the Tomales Bay watershed could be set back significantly if Congress approves the Trump administration’s proposed 2018 fiscal year budget this fall. The Marin Resource Conservation District has undertaken scores of projects at nearly two dozen ranches and dairies aimed at reducing runoff into the...

Activists fired up over bill that would expand wireless

07/06/2017
A dozen or so people shuffled into the Bolinas Commons last week for a presentation from the Ecological Options Network, a Bolinas-based activist group that often focuses on electromagnetic radiation. Popcorn was passed around during a presentation led by Mary Beth Brangan, co-director of EON. The group of majority elders...

Ag values down, organic milk up

06/29/2017
Marin County’s agriculture commissioner last week presented his annual crop and livestock report to the Board of Supervisors, flagging a downward trend in the value of cattle, hay, fruit, vegetables and aquaculture but a steady value for milk, which accounted for 45 percent of the total gross value of agriculture...

Drakes Estero project sparked investigations

06/29/2017
Numerous allegations made by a former employee tasked with helping remove the aquaculture debris and defunct oyster racks from Drakes Estero led the Department of the Interior’s Office of the Inspector General late last year to request the National Park Service to investigate the project. Though the status of that...

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