• E-Blast May 2, 2017

    Before we update you on several important issues, we want to report that the 2017 Desert-Wise Landscape Tour was a huge success. Almost 400 participants visited the 21 sites located across the Morongo Basin on the weekend of April 22-23, and were educated and enchanted with the creative and water-wise landscapes they viewed.  Over 60 volunteers served as hosts, docents, and registration workers.  Read more about the Tour and view some photos on our Landscape Tour Review page
    Sponsors that make the Tour possible include Mojave Water Agency, Twentynine Palms Water District, Hi-Desert Water District, Southern California Edison, Bighorn-Desert View Water Agency, and Joshua Basin Water District. 
    One last note on the Tour - we urge all participants to consider writing a few paragraphs about their experience at the Tour and submitting it to the Essay Contest competition for gift certificate prizes from Unique Nursery and Cactus Mart.  Gift certificate prizes range from $100-$200 - a nice reward to further your own landscape goals!  Read all the details here - and submit your thoughts by Monday, May 15.
    Desert National Monuments
    Most of you will have learned from news media about President Trump's recent order for the Department of the Interior to review a number of recently-created National Monuments, including our two local Monuments, Sand-To-Snow and Mojave Trails, that hundreds of us worked so hard to bring to fruition.  News reports from local radio station KCDZ FM, the Desert Sun, and the Los Angeles Times provide details.  The LA Times editorial the next day was very clear about its position; it was titled "Leave the national monuments alone."  There is much uncertainty about how rescinding National Monuments could happen. Morongo Basin residents are urged to let your federal representatives know your feelings on the matter.  You can find contact information and links on our Decision-Maker Contact Information Page within our Resource Library.
    Eagle Crest Pumping Project (at the old Eagle Mountain Mine)
    We alerted you in March to the Desert Sun's editorial titled "Brown Misguided on Eagle Mountain infrastructure ask," commenting negatively on Governor Jerry Brown's request for federal funding to move this project forward.  The use of desert aquifers to create a "giant battery in the desert" by filling two of the Eagle Mountain Mine empty pits with water and devising an energy-generating movement of the water would likely decimate desert aquifers that fuel desert life in Joshua Tree National Park.  The Desert Sun has published a follow-up editorial that, while expressing some degree of inevitability about the project moving forward, strongly advises to "Keep close watch on Eagle Mountain hydropower project."
    County Renewable Energy Element Final Draft
    We recently posted a news item about the almost-final status of the San Bernardino County’s Renewable Energy Element of the County General Plan.  Here is the link to that information.
    Upcoming Events
    (Bookmark MBCA’s Community Events Calendar page to keep up with meetings and events we think will be of interest to MBCA supporters.)
    Monday, May 8, 6:30-8:00 PM, Morongo Basin Municipal Advisory Council at Joshua Tree Community Center.  Along with reports from County safety and fire agencies and MAC representatives, Caltrans is scheduled to present an update on the Downtown JT traffic plan.
    Wednesday, May 17, 4:00-6:30 PM, Celebration of Life for Victoria Fuller at the Joshua Basin Water District Demonstration Garden.  Victoria was a member of MBCA’s Board of Advisors among many other community groups, and a contributor to countless community improvement initiatives.  This event will give all of us a chance to remember her engaging personality and many contributions.  Hope to see you there. 

    Thanks for your support.

    Your 2017 MBCA Board 

    Sarah Kennington, President               David Fick, Vice President

    Steve Bardwell, Treasurer                    Marina West, Recording Secretary

    Pat Flanagan, Director                         Meg Foley, Director               

    Ruth Rieman, Director                         Claudia Sall, Events

    Laraine Turk, Director



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  • E-Blast February 14, 2017

    • Return Eagle Mountain lands to JTNP
    • Stop 2,220 home development - Mission Creek
    • Black Rock Symposium: "How to Make Your Voice Heard on Conservation Issues in an Uncertain Political Climate."
    • UCR Conference: Solar Energy Directions for Inland Southern California: Where is it going?
    • Renewal energy Moratorium request - San Bernardino Co.
    • Ruth Denison Environmental Conservation Scholarship
    • Refreshed and renewed website - mbconservation.org

     First of all, I want to remind you of several deadlines and events in coming days:

    1) Return Eagle Mountain Lands to JTNP

    WHEN: Comment letters due February 16, 2017 – this Thursday!

    Support returning BLM Eagle Mountain lands back to Joshua Tree National Park. Take a minute to express your support to BLM for the Final Boundary Study recommendation to add approximately 20,000 acres of federal, state, and private lands to the boundary of Joshua Tree National Park that were withdrawn from the Monument in 1950. Click here for background info from JTNP Superintendent David Smith.

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  • E-Blast: January 15, 2017

    • MBCA Annual Meeting and Water Symposium – Jan. 28, 2017
    • Return Eagle Mountain Lands to JTNP
    • Stop 2,220 home development - Mission Creek
    • Apple Valley’s Habitat Conservation Plan
    • Renewable Energy News – CA.’s RE Transmission Initiative
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  • Eblast: October 26, 2016

    • Eagle Mountain Still at Risk
    • Send Email to BLM by Nov. 6

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  • Eblast: October 31, 2016

    County Planning Commission Meeting
    • Draft Renewable Energy and Conservation Element (RECE)
    • Community Plan Workshop (Land-Use Map)
    WHEN: Thursday, November 3, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
                      (break for lunch 12-1:30)
    WHERE: San Bernardino & Joshua Tree (videoconference)
    • SB Co. Govt. Center - 385 N. Arrowhead Ave., 1st Floor, SB
    • Burke Co. Govt. Center, 6427 White Feather Rd., Joshua Tree
    The meeting this Thursday will include a Public Hearing for the Draft Renewable Energy and Conservation Element (RECE) followed by a Community Plan Workshop. Both topics are especially important to Joshua Tree & Lucerne Valley. (Planning Commission Mtg Agenda.) 
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  • Eblast: September 26, 2016

    • Eagle Crest Pumped Storage Transmission Line Alert

    Please read this important alert provided by MBCA Board member Seth Shteir.  MBCA loves our National Park and this issue is critical for the healthy future of the Park.

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  • Eblast: September 12, 2016

    • Altamira Gated Housing Appeal hearing - Sept. 13 
    • DRECP Record of Decision (ROD) Event – Sept. 14 

    We are all welcome to attend an event this Wednesday to mark the Record of Decision (ROD) that initiates the long anticipated DRECP (Desert Renewable Conservation Plan). Apologies for the late notice – MBCA just learned of it. Find the Department of Interior’s invitation below with details. 

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  • Eblast: August 29, 2016

    • Altamira Gated Housing Project
    • Joshua Tree Solar Farm
    • Soda Mountain Solar Project 
    • Dollar General Store vs. Joshua Tree
    • Homestead Valley & Pioneertown Community Plans
    • MBCA Desert Wise Living fall lecture 

    • Alta Mira Gated Housing Appeal hearing preparation – Sept. 1
    • Alta Mira Gated Housing Appeal hearing - Sept. 13
    • Homestead Valley & Pioneertown Community Plans – see below
    • MBCA Desert Wise Living fall lecture – Sept. 24  

    Recent decisions were made on a couple long standing issues of concern to MBCA and our conservation partners. Opposition wages on as several others continue to wind their way through decision makers. We can however finally celebrate one wonderful victory. 

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  • Eblast: August 15, 2016

    • Joshua Tree Solar Farm – video broadcast TOMORROW in JT
    • Soda Mountain Solar – comment deadline 8/22/16
    • MBCA Desert Wise Living fall lecture 9/24/16  
    • Joshua Tree Airport Solar Farm - Appeal Hearing decision
      • Broadcast live via videoconference at the JT Burke Government Center tomorrow, Tuesday, August 16th, starting at 1:00PM.

    Hear each of the three Appellants will have 3 minutes each to speak, the developer NextEra’s 5 minutes in defense of the project, and the Supervisors vote and final decision. The public will not be given opportunity for additional spoken comment.

    (NOTE: This special BOS meeting will NOT be available on the internet via a link – only at the Burke Center videoconference.)

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  • Eblast: August 1, 2016


    August 9th; 10:00 AM (open session begins) – 2:00 PM
    Supervisors Appeal Hearing
    Attend via videoconference: Bob Burke Government Center,
    6427 Whitefeather Road, Joshua Tree – just East of the Courthouse.
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