MBCA Opinion Piece in Hi Desert Star

Read MBCA's editorial published in the Hi Desert Star on October 29, 2016.  It describes the problems with the County Supervisors' decision about the Altamira Housing Development and the lawsuit that has been filed by Joshua Tree residents. 

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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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Cadiz Valley Water Project

Cadiz Valley Water Conservation, Recovery and Storage Project

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New National Monuments!

WE'RE CELEBRATING THREE NATIONAL MONUMENTS IN THE CALIFORNIA DESERT!

On February 11, 2016, President Obama designated three new national monuments, including Sand to Snow in our own backyard, plus National Trails and Castle Mountains.  A BIG THANK YOU to the many MBCA members and supporters who wrote letters and appeared at events to support this.

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Photo courtesy Mojave Desert Land Trust.

Read about the new Monuments in this LA Times article.

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REPORT on Desert-Wise Lecture Fall 2016

Moving Toward Community-Based Renewable Energy
On September 24, MBCA hosted a Desert-Wise Living Program focused on intersecting issues of water and energy and the need for community-level renewable energy solutions.
 
PDF viewable versions of the presenters' Powerpoint slides are available:
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San Bernardino County Dark Sky Committee

In April 2016, San Bernardino County District 3 Supervisor James Ramos appointed the San Bernardino County Dark Sky Committee (SBCDSC) to interact with the County about its lighting regulations and code, in consideration of the need of dark skies to maintain both lifestyle and the tourism economy in the Desert and Mountain regions of the County.

Three MBCA Board members are part of this Committee:  Pat Flanagan, Seth Shteir, and Laraine Turk.

As of October 2016, the Committee has worked with Joshua Tree National Park and the International Dark Sky Association as the Park pursues a Dark Sky Park designation from IDA.  The Committee will also be involved in the Park's Night Sky Festival on October 28-30, 2016.

Discussion with the Supervisor and County Code Enforcement is planned for November. 
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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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Palen Photovoltaic Solar Project

Federal and State Level - Palen Photovoltaic Solar Project  

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced in June 2016 that it is proposing a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the rejuvenated 500 MW Paln Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Project on 4200 acres of undisturbed desert ecosystem land east of Desert Center adjacent to the I-10 freeway. 

MBCA sent a comment letter on September 3, 2016, focusing on dust pollution as a major problem for this project.   You can read MBCA's detailed 3-page letter about the Palen project or a shorter one-page summary of the issues that concern us about this project. 

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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 


SAVE THE DATES:
  • 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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A Desert Victory: Soda Mountain Solar

Federal and State Level Deny Soda Mountain Solar Certification

A DESERT VICTORY!

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