Issues

Articles about MBCA's most recent issues of concern are listed below in chronological order. To read a series of articles about a particular issue, use the brown buttons above.  
  • Desert Sun Editorial on Eagle Crest Project

    The Desert Sun Editorial Board has published an opinion piece criticizing Governor Jerry Brown's request for federal assistance to develop the Eagle Crest pumping station project.  This is the "giant battery in the desert" hydroelectric project proposed for the Eagle Mountain Mine lands at the southeast border of Joshua Tree National Park.  The privately owned mine area was not included in the recent study recommending return of about 22,000 acres of nearby land back to the National Park.  Read the Desert Sun editorial to learn more about why the project is "not a wise use of precious desert water."  You can also read more about the Eagle Crest project by scanning past articles on MBCA's Water Issues page.
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  • Cadiz, Inc. Project Commentary

    While MBCA and many other conservation advocates have spoken against the Cadiz Valley Water Conservation, Recovery and Storage Project, KCET recently published a commentary from Cadiz, Inc. in response to project criticisms.  
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  • New Comment on California's Renewable Energy Planning

    MBCA continues to keep an eye on California's Renewable Energy planning process.  In this letter crafted by our Board member Pat Flanagan, MBCA comments on concerns with the current planning process that, among other things, overlooks the extent of dust pollution created by excessive large-scale renewable energy projects. 
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  • Cadiz Water Project Commentary

    Published on the KCET Redefine blog, Joshua Tree resident Sant Khalsa's commentary, "Opinion:  Water Project Would Hurt New National Monument" provides background and details on the current status of the ill-conceived Project.
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  • National Park Proposed Land Transfer

    The Department of the Interior recently announced the latest step in the process of adding about 20,000 acres to Joshua Tree National Park. The "Eagle Mountain Boundary Study began about two years ago and the current action moves another step toward final action. 

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  • Joshua Basin Water District Receives Award

    The Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) presented its Huell Howser Best in Blue Award to the Joshua Basin Water District on December 1, 2016, for its innovative outreach program encouraging the public to plant water-saving native plants.

    Among its outreach efforts, JBWD created a water wise demonstration garden that is valuable for Morongo Basin residents to see mature plants arranged in a variety of desert garden arrangements.  JBWD has been a supporter of MBCA's Desert-Wise Living Series and we are pleased to see their outreach efforts honored.

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  • Off Road Vehicles Comment Letter

    January 2016

    On January 22, 2016, MBCA submitted a detailed comment letter to the BLM about the proposed changes to the West Mojave Plan (WEMO), arguing against the Plan Amendment, particularly the preferred Alternative 3, as it "threatens our quality of life, property values, tourism economics, and public land conservation values by legalizing OHV riding on thousands of miles of dirt roads throughout our Morongo Basin and other area communities in the West Mojave."  Further, the letter demonstrates how the BLM's plan flies in the face of the federal Small Tract Act with its intent to provide a comfortable framework for residential desert communities.

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  • MBCA sends Comment Letter on Eagle Crest Transmission Line Environmental Assessment (EA)

    MBCA, as part of a coalition of 7 other organizations and scientists, has sent a detailed Environmental Assessment Comment Letter to the BLM State Director Jerome Perez opposing the Eagle Crest Pumped Storage project and requesting a full Environmental Impact Study (EIS) instead of the planned and less comprehensive Environmental Assessment (EA) on the Transmission Line. It provides a thorough and detailed record of all the stages of insufficient analysis that have been completed for this project.  

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  • Nov. 3 Planning Commission Meeting Commentary

    November 6, 2016
    Commentary on November 3rd Planning Commission Meeting
    MBCA Board member Pat Flanagan shares her impressions of the Community Plan portion of the Planning Commission Meeting:
     
    The desert and Joshua Tree were presented at the end of the Workshop, following maps from the Valley and Mountains communities. The order was a plus because we had the chance to see how the other communities (Community Plans not mentioned) were treated. If they had any issues we didn't hear about them, except from Lucerne Valley. The presenters used an app that allowed the viewer to see maps in more detail as they were discussed by the planner. 
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  • County Community Plans - Joshua Tree

    November 6, 2016
    Commentary on November 3rd Planning Commission Meeting
    MBCA Board member Pat Flanagan shares her impressions of the Community Plan portion of the Planning Commission Meeting:
     
    The desert and Joshua Tree were presented at the end of the Workshop, following maps from the Valley and Mountains communities. The order was a plus because we had the chance to see how the other communities (Community Plans not mentioned) were treated. If they had any issues we didn't hear about them, except from Lucerne Valley. The presenters used an app that allowed the viewer to see maps in more detail as they were discussed by the planner. 
     
    Early on Commissioner Smith asked if these maps were meant to change the zoning without going back to the community. We were assured by Planning Director Terri Rahhal that they are not zoning maps. (Nevermind that they show zoning and the zoning is different from the zoning in the Community Plan) I think I also heard Director Rahhal say they were not really land use maps either. If true who knows what they are except "necessary to be used to do land use modeling and environmental analysis for the Countywide Plan."
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